By Steve Pope | August 15, 2018
A jury on Wednesday found a former manager of a Pizza Milano restaurant not guilty of assaulting a woman during an altercation that was captured on a cell phone and went viral, which led to several protests outside the restaurant.
According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, police say on Jan. 12 Mahmut Yilmaz, 41, of Pittsburgh, refused to let Jade Martin, 34, of Pittsburgh, inside the Uptown restaurant to use the bathroom because she was informed earlier that day she wasn’t welcome there.
Police say in the complaint that Martin said she had been drinking earlier in the afternoon at a nearby bar and admitted she was, “highly intoxicated.”
Ms. Martin is seen in the video attempting to push past Mr. Yilmaz and then a struggle begins.
The video appears to show Mr. Yilmaz headbutt Ms. Martin during the incident, however, Mr. Yilmaz denies doing so saying, his head went forward only after his foot slipped.
At Mr. Yilmaz’s preliminary in March, Ms. Martin testified she had no memory of the struggle.
Mr. Yilmaz’s attorney insisted on showing the jury a much longer 22 minute video of the incident and argued that Ms. Martin was drunk, uncooperative and belligerent.
While she was charged with defiant tresspass and disorderly conduct, those charges were eventually dismissed.
Ms. Martin has filed a civil suit against the restaurant and Mr. Yilmaz and is seeking $5 million in punitive damages.
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