ATLANTA - A woman whose arrest at an Alabama Waffle House went viral now plans to sue the restaurant, her attorney announced on Wednesday.
Police arrested 25-year-old Chikesia Clemons in the Saraland, Alabama Waffle House last April after being called by employees.
According to officials, Clemons appeared drunk and had been asked to leave for bringing in what employees believed to be alcohol. When officials arrested Clemons, they say she and a friend cursed employees and threatened to return with guns.
Clemons was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Clements was found not guilty of disorderly conduct and guilty of resisting arrest. Clemons claims she never made any threats.
After a graphic video of her arrest shot by Clemons' friend was released, many boycotted the restaurant as a show of support, including Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter Bernice King, who called the treatment of Clemons "beyond inhumane" on Twitter.
Clemons is now suing the Atlanta-based Waffle House for unlawful discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, malicious prosecution, and abuse of process.
In a statement to FOX 5, a Waffle House spokesman said that the company had not received the lawsuit and hadn't had the chance to review it.
"As we’ve said previously, we regret this incident happened at all. As anyone who has dined with us knows, we have a very diverse customer base and workforce. We have had a culture of inclusion since we opened our doors in 1955, and are very proud of the fact that our restaurants have been open to all," the spokesperson said.