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Man claims he was punched in face at Nicki Minaj event

A man is suing a south suburban banquet hall, claiming a security guard punched him in the face at an appearance by pop singer Nicki Minaj.

Eric Gronkiewicz claims the crowd at Adrianna’s Banquets in Markham was already “agitated” after learning the night of the Nov. 15, 2010, event that Minaj would only greet the crowd, not sing.

The party had been planned to celebrate the release of Minaj’s Pink Friday album, the suit said.

He claims a security guard punched him in the face and neck after the crowd pushed forward to the stage right before Minaj was to appear, the suit said.

Ron Finlay, husband of the banquet hall’s owner, was present at the event, and said he did not recall anyone in the 800- to 900-person crowd being arrested or ejected.

“She [Minaj] was very hospitable. We had no problems that I can recall,” said Finlay, adding plenty of security officials and Markham police were on hand for the event.

The suit claims negligence against Adrianna’s, 16300 Dixie Highway. It also claims battery against both the banquet hall and the unidentified bouncer, and seeks an unspecified amount in damages.

LeeAnn Shelton

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