Doorman talks about Gracie assault: 'This was a carefully planned and coordinated attack'

Things are looking pretty bad for Renzo Gracie and the members of the Gracie family arrested with him following their recent altercation outside a club in New York, early Monday morning.

Renzo Gracie may be claiming that it was all a big "misunderstanding" following his release on $10,000 bail for second degree assault. But the man he assaulted clearly doesn't see it that way. Craig Molesphini, the doorman and host of 1Oak and the man who had his arm fractured in the altercation with Renzo, went on the record with the NY Post to give his account of events. To hear him tell it, the only misunderstanding may be Renzo's belief that this will be cleared up in a hurry.

“In my entire 14-year career, I have never seen anything like this. At 1:30 a.m. a gray van pulled up, parked in the middle of the street, seven men exited the vehicle and started creating mayhem, screaming, pointing, starting to pick fights with the security guards. One man, [who] I later learned was Renzo, came in my direction, threw the velvet rope on the floor, ran straight into my chest and knocked me back onto the concrete floor onto my elbow. He was on top of me for 20 seconds, trying to punch me, but I wrapped both my arms around his neck so he couldn’t hit me, before somebody pulled him off.”

Molesphini went on to add that there was no way the attack was anything other than planned, and that it stemmed from his refusal to let two members of the Gracie clan into the club recently.

He said the attack was “retribution for me not allowing two of their masters into the venue last week. This was a carefully planned and coordinated attack. The police arrested all seven of them.”

If this story sticks together with other witness accounts, Renzo could have a lot of trouble proving that it wasn't pre-meditated assault (assuming this goes to court). Reports that they had a driver waiting in the van to help them get away, certainly add validity to that claim. There's every probability that this is going to be a long drawn out legal battle, so stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and updates as they become available.

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