The Boston Licensing Board held hearings today on two incidents involving women getting beaten up at Felt, although neither its owners nor its lawyer attended the session.
Instead, the club was represented by a manager who'd only been on the job for a week - after he was rehired after he quit earlier this year.
"This is not helpful," board Chairman Michael Connolly said. Also, although the last time the club was before the board, it said it was looking to sell its license - which was one of its arguments for asking for leniency then - the owners have decided to reorganize and keep the club open under the old/new manager.
In contrast to club officials, Boston Police detectives did attend.
Det. Richard Chin told the board that on June 12, a woman reported she was walking down the stairs with her girlfriends when three women behind her made a sarcastic remark about her and then grabbed her from behind and started punching her in the face. As she lay on the stairs, they stole her purse and cellphone and tried to steal her shoes before fleeing, he said. He said the woman showed up at District A-1 around 8:50 that morning with a swollen face and other evidence of a beatdown and that she told him bouncers refused to help and simply told her "to go home."
In a second incident, around 3 a.m. on Aug. 13, a female bartender made the mistake of letting in a guy she'd been dating as she helped clean up the place after closing: Police say they got into a fight over a cell-phone charger and he wound up slamming her head against a table, causing a concussion and bleeding. According to a police report, the manager at the time gave her a couple of shots of liquor for the pain and agreed to take her to the hospital - but only after telling her to say she had fallen down behind the bar and hit her head. The woman required four staples in her scalp to stop the bleeding, police say; the ex-beau was tracked down and arrested on a charge of assault and battery.
The old/new manager said that the owners are now committed to cleaning up the place and that one of his first acts was to get rid of all but one employee. He said he could not comment about either of the incidents raised today since he was not employed by Felt at the time.
The licensing board will decide on Thursday what, if anything, to do.