Female Lawyer in Fistfight, Male Lawyer Arrested in Wild Restaurant Scene
Posted Dec 22, 2008 5:07 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
Attorney Aimee Marie Dias, 35, just wanted to use the women's room at an upscale restaurant in Tampa, Florida.
But when she entered the women's restroom at SideBern's, at about 11 p.m. on Saturday, she says she saw a man and a woman having sex there, reports the St. Petersburg Times. The man, a local schoolteacher, contended that there was no sex and that Dias threw the first punch, at him, sparking a fight between Dias and his girlfriend, Jodi Jacolow, 32, that spilled out of the restroom into the restaurant bar.
"According to Dias' account, she verbally confronted the pair before she was assaulted," the newspaper writes, relying on a Tampa police report, and a fistfight ensued: " 'Ms. Dias said she and Ms. Jacolow went to the floor rolling around exchanging punches, pushes, etc.,' the report states."
Then, as police were trying to sort out the situation, another attorney entered the fray: Brent Warren Yessin, 45, who was waiting at the restaurant for a valet to bring him his car. Pictured today in the newspaper with a bandage on his chin, he was wrestled to the ground by four officers after he kept insisting that he represented one of the suspects and refused repeated requests to leave the restaurant, the Times reports.
Yessin was charged with obstructing an officer without violence, and apparently jailed for four hours until he posted $1,000 bail. Both Dias and Jacolow were initially arrested for battery, but agreed to drop the charges against each other.
Dias and Yessin declined to discuss the incident with the newspaper.