Victim of alleged anti-Semitic attack demands more than $1.6 million from attackers

An Armenian-American photographer who was allegedly hit with a bottle and beaten by two attackers while speaking with a group of Jewish men outside a Beverly Grove restaurant in 2021 is seeking more than $1.6 million in a a default judgment against his two alleged attackers.

Photographer Mher Hagopian is suing Samer Jaylusi and Xavier Pabon in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging civil rights violations, assault, battery, conspiracy to commit assault, negligence and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. Hagopian's attorneys filed court papers Friday with Alhambra Superior Court Judge Ian C. Fusselman seeking $1 million in punitive damages and nearly $624,000 in compensatory damages each accused.

The proposed default judgment “would send a clear and resounding message that anti-Semitism is not tolerated in our country,” Hagopian’s lawyers say in their court papers.

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