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Protest Held at DC Bar Nellie's After Video Shows Woman Dragged Down Stairs

The sports bar posted a statement to their Instagram account which said that they were “incredibly upset and disturbed to see what happened last night"

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Editor's Note (June 14, 2021, 5 p.m. ET): News4 spoke with the woman, and Nellie's apologized to her and fired their security contractor. Go here for updates.

People gathered to protest outside Nellie's Sports Bar in D.C. Sunday after a woman was seen being dragged down a flight of stairs and out of the establishment.

Video of the incident posted to Instagram shows people jumping in and fighting with a man, who appeared to be security, dragging the woman.

It was unclear what led to the woman, who is Black, being removed or if a police report was filed. 

Protesters marched from the sports bar on U Street to the owner’s home nearby. Some people returned to Nellie’s, but crowds were much smaller by 10:30 p.m.

Someone who knows the woman told News4's Darcy Spencer that the woman was OK, aside from being sore after the incident, which occurred during D.C. Pride celebrations.

The sports bar posted a statement online saying they were “incredibly upset and disturbed to see what happened last night.”

They said they were conducting a full investigation into the situation and said "events like this are completely unacceptable to us.”

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