Judge orders YouTube stars Alissa Violet, Ricky ‘FaZe’ Banks, to cease ‘cyber-bullying campaign’ against Cleveland bar Updated December 1, 2017 at 1:42 PM ; Posted By Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cuyahoga County judge has ordered YouTube personality Alissa Violet and her boyfriend, Ricky “FaZe” Banks, to stop posting on social media about the Barley House after she set off an online firestorm for accusing staff at the bar of mistreatment.
Judge John J. Russo on Thursday granted Barley House parent company W. 6th Restaurant Group a temporary restraining order that also orders Violet, Banks and anyone in “active concert” with them to stop “cyber-bullying and cyber-attack campaigns” against the Barley House.
The order also says the two must stay at least 500 feet from the Warehouse District establishment, and have no communication with any employees, including through telephone, online, blogging or social media.
“It is further appearing to this court that enjoining defendants from disseminating false or misleading information related to plaintiffs, their employees and their patrons is reasonable to end Defendants cyber-bullying campaign and is no greater than is required for protection of plaintiffs, their employees and their patrons, and does not impose undue hardship,” Russo wrote in the order.
The order expires in two weeks, and a hearing is set for Dec. 13.
Violet, whose name is listed in the restraining order as Alissa Violet Butler, and Banks, whose name is Richard Bengtson, have millions of followers on YouTube, Instagram, SnapChat and other social media platforms.
Their followers, who call themselves the CloutGang, unleashed on the bar after the two posted photographs and videos accusing staff at the bar of groping Violet and assaulting both of them before kicking them out of the bar, and then egging on two patrons to attack them.
Banks broke his finger and Violet posted a photograph the next morning of her with a swollen lip and a black eye.
Barley House responded by posting their own video Wednesday on YouTube, with surveillance camera footage that the bar said contradicts their claims. The bar claims its employees have been getting death threats and fans have sent employees threatening text messages that include photographs of their homes.
The bar’s website was hacked, and fans upset over the incident left hundreds of 1-star reviews on Yelp! and Google, sinking the bar’s overall rating.
Banks responded to Barley House’s video in a message posted on Twitter Thursday.
“Barley released a video adding a false narrative, flat out lying and still leaving out a chunk of security footage of what happened downstairs,” he wrote.
He promised to release another video soon, but that was before Thursday’s restraining order was granted.
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