Attorneys for a deaf man taken down and choked to blueness by a Forever 21 security guard at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood threatened to sue the fashion retailer if it doesn't come up with a satisfactory settlement offer, according to ABC7.
The chain suspended the guard after the mid-August incident was caught on tape and posted on YouTube. The victim, Alejandro Rea, was alleged to have set off a security alarm as he exited. He apparently refused requests to stop although we can now see why -- he's deaf. Even as his also deaf brother Pablo Rea motioned frantically to tell the guard his sibling couldn't hear, the UFC-style take-down continued.
However, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office reports that Alejandro Rea has a history of petty theft charges and remained in jail as a result of the Forever 21 incident. The company stated it had video surveillance showing the man allegedly shoplifting.
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His said even if he had stolen something it gave the guard no right to go Tito Ortiz on him.