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Champion paddler suing Waikiki bar over alleged assault

Karel Tresnak Karel Tresnak

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Shack Waikiki is facing a lawsuit against seven-time world champion outrigger canoe paddler, Karel Tresnak. He filed suit against the bar on Wednesday over an April 4, 2009 incident in which he alleges he was assaulted by a security guard.

Tresnak says that he went to the bar that night to hang out with friends. At around 3:00 AM he said he was placed in a choke-hold, causing him to lose consciousness. He says he suffered a fractured jaw, cheekbones and smashed teeth after being thrown to the ground. Tresnak says that due to his injuries, he was unable to compete for the 2009 and 2010 paddling championships.

"Its been terrible. Still to this point. I don't have all of my dental work done. It's been... I haven't been able to compete or put that much training as I'd like to. It's just horrible, the worst thing that could have happened to me" said Tresnak.

The Shack Waikiki, Black Diamond and Zanzabar, all of whom are tenants at the Waikiki Trade Center, have been under scrutiny with the Hawaii Liquor Commission. Their liquor licenses are currently under review.

"Since all of those three places have cabaret liquor licenses which allows them to sell alcohol from 10:00 AM to 4:00 AM the next day, the suggestion is that their hours of sale and consumption be cut back to 2:00 AM" said acting commissioner Anna Hirai.

Patrick Bollard, a spokesperson for The Shack Waikiki says that this same incident was presented to the Hawaii Liquor Commission and was thrown out due to lack of evidence.

"Nothing has been presented to The Shack or The Shack's attorneys. We have every belief that we would prevail in any further litigation if there are any further proceedings. Because of the way that it would be filed, it probably would be an insurance investigation not a civil incident" said Bollard.

Tresnak is suing for $80,000 in medical and dental bills.

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