Fiona Walshe and her partner Leslie were trying to have a good time at Tommy T’s Comedy Club in Pleasanton, CA last week. That is, until Eddie Griffin decided to single the two of them out because of their sexual orientation. According to Walshe, Griffin pointed to her and stated “You’re a LESBIAN. All you need is a good man … I’ll volunteer my services. You won’t be needing any strap-on’s or vibrators with me.”
Walshe told TMZ that “He started to pump his hips into my face. I felt sexually assaulted and I wanted him to stop — then I threw the drink at him to defend myself.” She then claims that Griffin went off at that point. She explained “He jumped off the stage and onto my table. He started grabbing everything and throwing it at me. . .Before I could get away from him he poured a water bottle on my head and threw it at me.”
Walshe is not taking the incident lightly, and her lawyers have said that “We’re seeking an apology from Eddie Griffin and compensation for the public humiliation and emotional distress. There will be a lawsuit if he doesn’t make amends.”
Griffin’s reps have not issued any kind of statement. The thrice married father of nine is best known for the TV show Malcolm and Eddie.
TMZ has a partial video of the incident.
Here is the official statement from Walshe and Champlin:
On Friday, June 13, 2012, Fiona Walshe, a native of Australia, and her partner, Leslie
Champlin attended Tommy T’s Comedy Club in Pleasanton, CA, where Eddie Griffin
Walshe had no knowledge of Griffin or his comedic reputation prior to the show.
Her only expectation was an evening of entertainment.
While this story has been reported widely, to date several key facts remain untold.
At the start of the show, Griffin told the large crowd that he was drunk and had been
so for a week. He also drank a bottle of champagne and a shot of hard liquor while
After the show started, Griffin’s began singling out Walshe. Griffin initially taunted
her for looking like a “librarian” and looking “rigid.” However, when Griffin saw that
Walshe was with her partner, and wasn’t laughing, Griffin called her out as a
“Lesbian” to the crowd. He publically humiliated Walshe and Champlin saying, “Oh, l
see what’s going on here. You’re a LESBIAN. All you need is a GOOD-‐MAN!! I’ll
volunteer my services to get in between the two of you to show you a good time you
won’t be needing any strap-‐on’s or vibrators with me.” As Griffin spoke he looked
Walshe in the eye and began pumping his hips at her face in a violent sexual manner.
Threatened, Walshe threw a drink at Griffin.
After the initial altercation with Griffin, Walshe and Champlin immediately
attempted to flee the club as Griffin jumped off stage and onto their table. As he
approached them, he hurled patron’s drinks, water and a bottle at Walshe. As the
couple stood to leave, angry crowd members followed Griffin’s actions and also
pelted them with drinks. Club security offered the couple no protection as they fled
outside and ran to their vehicle.
Walshe and Champlin were publically humiliated, embarrassed, and deeply hurt by
Griffin’s heinous comments. They were also deeply frightened by Griffin’s violent
sexual gestures towards them during the act and his attack on them afterwards.
Finally, the couple was dismayed by the club’s utter disregard for their safety as
they attempted to leave.
These sentiments doubled two days later when Griffin published a spiteful
homophobic tirade on Facebook calling Walshe a “D*ke b***h.” The couple remains
deeply disturbed at Griffin’s inability to understand that his hate-‐filled speech hurts
Walshe and her partner are now stepping forwarding because Griffin’s homophobia
and verbal attacks are emblematic of behavior that gays, lesbians, and
transgendered Americans encounter and are inappropriate in modern America.
Walshe is seeking medical counseling for her injuries. Since the ordeal she has
suffered from extreme feelings of anxiety and lack sleep.
Walshe and Champlin have retained the Law Offices of Ruben P. Ruiz. The couple
seeks an apology and compensation from Griffin’s and Tommy T’s Comedy Club. A
lawsuit has not been filed to date because the couple want to first allow Griffin and
Tommy T’s Comedy Club the opportunity to make amends without litigation.