Thursday, December 13, 2012

Congressman's son pleads guilty to assaulting girlfriend outside The Getaway, they vow to donate $ to domestic violence group

This is a disturbing story, but at least with a small silver lining. Patrick Moran, son of Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, plead guilty yesterday to assaulting his girlfriend earlier in the month. The assault took place outside The Getaway, the bar and restaurant at 14th and Meridian Place NW. DCist has the details of the assault and the result, which are pretty chilling, and despite the plea both Moran's spokesperson and a statement by the girlfriend, who is only identified as Kelly, called it an "accident." In Kelly's statement, she says slipped after an argument. The police statement (posted below) says they were inside The Getaway and had an argument, then went outside where Patrick assaulted her.

Yesterday The Getaway responded on their Facebook page, saying in short that they don't believe Moran was a customer at the bar that night, and they they will donate 15% of their sales this Sunday to Break the Cycle, a group that works with youth to fight domestic violence. Here's the full text of their statement:
You may have noticed our name in the news today. An awful incident occurred outside of our bar a few weeks back. Contrary to the reports we are certain that the individual did not patronize our bar that night. That being said, we are so disheartened to know that such a thing took place on our corner. As an establishment that serves alcohol and also a member of the Columbia Heights and DC community we want all of our neighbors and patrons to be safe from this kind of violence. Because we want to be proactive, we will be donating 15% of our net sales this Sunday to Break the Cycle, which empowers youth to end domestic violence. See y'all soon
I hope there's a big contribution on Sunday, and I hope this serves to raise awareness of and hopefully prevent domestic violence too. It remains to be seen if there will be any sort of investigation by the city into The Getaway, which often happens if there is violence at a bar.
Moran Charge

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