As Thanksgiving weekend drew to a close, two women allege that they were drugged by a bartender at Harlowe MXM in Deep Ellum. “The preliminary investigation determined the victims went to a local hospital after going to a business, consuming beverages, and becoming ill,” a spokesperson for the Dallas Police Department wrote in an email, confirming to Eater Dallas that a police report was filed on November 27. The investigation is ongoing.
Breyanna Knox and Nakia Robertson told CBS Dallas that they went for a girls’ night out on Saturday, November 25, were asked at the door how badly they wanted to get in, and told to show some love to the bartender, who they allege refused to take payment for their drinks that evening and took shots with them while he was working. Robertson said she “didn’t feel right” after taking her second shot and then became ill. Knox experienced the same reaction to her drinks later.
The women called friends to pick them up. While waiting, they said they became disoriented, and Robertson’s keys went missing. Knox says she got a text at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday from the bar’s head of security, suggesting the women allow him to call them an Uber to his house where they should stay until they sorted the situation out.
Later on Sunday, November 26, the women said they spoke to management at Harlowe’s about what happened and were told they would be contacted. On December 1, the restaurant posted an Instagram addressing the situation.
“Since being notified Sunday, November 26, we have been diligently investigating these allegations made by Ms. Robertson and Ms. Knox,” it reads. “Our security company and management team have been interviewing staff and reviewing video to ascertain what happened that evening. We have operated restaurants in Dallas for thirty years, and have never experienced a situation remotely resembling this. Harlowe MXM holds guest safety in the highest regard and that will never change. We are fully committed to learning the truth along with Ms. Robertson and Ms. Knox. Our internal investigation is almost completed. To the extent we are able, we will assist law enforcement in helping them get to the bottom of what happened.”
The pair went to the hospital on Monday, November 27, and told CBS that a drug screening revealed amphetamine in Knox’s blood work. Knox said she did not take medications that would have caused that result.
The women have secured council with Tucker Law Firm and are asking any other victims to contact their lawyers.