After Apotheke co-owner Heather Tierny filed a lawsuit against her partner and head bar man Albert Trummer for refusing to stop playing with fire, it seemed to be only a matter of time before Trummer issued a response. Today is that day, as Trummer has filed a counter suit against Apotheke co-owners Heather and Christopher Tierney, alleging that Christopher attacked and held him against his will in the bar's sub-basement on behalf of his sister Heather. Why would a partner do that to another partner? According to Trummer's rep, Tierney "has set up Albert Trummer TWICE and is trying to squeeze him out of Apotheke, being that he owns the copyright to the concept, which was completely his idea."
According to the suit, Chris Tierney cornered Trummer in the basement and verbally attacked him. The Austrian drink slinger then made a move for the stairs, at which point Chris allegedly tackled him from behind, "causing [Trummer] to be smashed violently into the stairs, causing damage to his legs, knees, ankles and feet." Ouchie. Trummer says he was then held against his will in a closet until another Apotheke employee came down to rescue him.
The suit alleges that the incident has rendered Trummer "sick, sore, lame, disabled;
suffered pain, mental anguish, anxiety and emotional distress, shock, fright, apprehension, embarrassment, humiliation, and loss of enjoyment of life", which sounds just like how people feel after a night at the Box.
Trummer's claim that the FDNY didn't have any issue with his latest fire show is a bit more dubious, as reports began to surface this morning that Trummer was indeed charged last week with attempted arson and reckless endangerment and is now banned from entering the bar. Perhaps it's time for everyone to agree to walk away from this mess.
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