Monday 25 September 2017

Elvis impersonator awarded €230k compensation after being headbutted by footballer Anthony Stokes asks him to pay up

Anthony Bradley. Photo: Collins
Anthony Bradley. Photo: Collins

Gavin White

An Elvis Impersonator who was awarded €230,000 in damages after being assaulted in a nightclub incident by footballer Anthony Stokes has publicly appealed to the Blackburn Rovers player to pay up.

The Irish international was ordered to pay Dubliner Anthony Bradley after he head-butted him and seriously injured him in a Leeson Street nightclub.

Mr Bradley sued Stokes seeking damages after he was head-butted by the player in the VIP Lounge at Buck Whaleys Nightclub, in Dublin's Leeson Street on the early hours of June 8 2013.

Mr Stokes, who has won nine caps for Ireland and has played for clubs including Celtic, Hibernian, Sunderland before joining Blackburn last summer, was not present in court nor was he legally represented at the hearing.

Mr Bradley said he hadn’t received a single cent since the February ruling and that there had been “an injustice” done to him.

“The justice system has let me down,” he told RTE’s Liveline with Joe Duffy today.

Anthony Stokes. Photo: Collins
Anthony Stokes. Photo: Collins

Mr Bradley said the incident “was a stupid mistake” by Stokes but it “would have been nice to have gotten an apology.”

He said he broke his nose which then pushed up a tooth into his palate “which has never come down.”

Mr Bradley said he “has nothing against” Stokes personally but he has “gone through a lot of pain and suffering.”

He has been out of a job for four years, which he said was “certainly” as a result of the incident, and he has incurred costs over €100,000 between the loss of his job, medical costs and legal costs.

The Elvis impersonator has travelled twice to Budapest for surgery.

He told the broadcaster there is “no animosity” between the pair and he is just aggrieved at not receiving any of his awards from the courts.

In his evidence Mr Bradley, from Ballyfermot in Dublin, said he was at the nightclub when a person spilled drink on him.

While he was dealing with this person and telling him "it was OK" Mr Stokes then appeared and head-butted him.

He said he "did not know" if that other person and Stokes knew each other.

The bouncers at the club removed Stokes. Mr Bradley said he required medical to deal with  attention and there was "a lot of blood."

In his evidence he said that he suffered injuries including a broken nose, and damage to his teeth. He later developed problems with his neck.

It was accepted in court that he had a pre-existing undiagnosed condition which caused the issue with his neck but Mr Bradley said the assault exacerbated it.

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