Surveillance video shows Chicago Bears player tossed from Grapevine bar

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by TERESA WOODARD

WFAA

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM

It was the weekend before Christmas, and there was quite a crowd inside Chill, a restaurant and sports bar at 814 South Main Street in Grapevine.

Just before 2 a.m. on December 23, 2013, surveillance video shows a bartender telling a customer to leave, pointing at the door several times.

"When he was asked to leave, his belligerence and unruliness turned into violence," said attorney Darren Wolf, who represents Donald Payne, the owner of Chill.

The surveillance video clearly shows at least one punch was thrown. Wolf said it took four people to remove the customer, who they later discovered was Henry Melton, a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears and a former Texas Longhorns player. Melton graduated from Grapevine High School.

"It took four men to do this because he's a big guy," Wolf said. "And in the process, my client — Mr. Payne — received a really really horrific bite from Mr. Melton. He bit him in the side, near the kidney, through the skin."

Wolf said Payne was treated at a hospital and sent home.

Melton was arrested.

Payne has now filed a lawsuit against Melton, seeing monetary relief "in a sum greater than $1 million," according to court documents. But Wolf said they would leave it to a jury to decide an exact monetary award.

The attorney said there were injuries beyond medical bills. "There's some psychological injury there," Wolf said. "The thought of another human being you don't know biting through your skin, piercing your skin... it's a pretty frightening experience. And it's dangerous."

According to the lawsuit, at the bar the night of the incident, Melton was telling restaurant workers that he "was a millionaire and the bartenders were nothing but poor white trash."

Melton's agent, Jordan Woy, released this statement contradicting the lawsuit's claims:

"We have recently reviewed the lawsuit and do not believe the validity of the allegations made. We look forward to providing the true facts in court and will defend this matter vigorously. We will seek to hold The Chill and others accountable for any and all damages Henry has suffered at the hands of multiple men who attacked him.”

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