Woman sues El Hefe for negligence after alleged sex assault outside River North bar

CHICAGO (WLS) — A woman who won a trip to Chicago says that weekend ended abruptly when she ended up in a local hospital after a sexual assault with her memory erased. Now she is suing the River North bar where she last remembers being before the assault.

Surveillance video released by her attorneys shows the alley of the block of West Hubbard Street between State and Dearborn on October 18. Attorneys for the woman, who appears to be staggering in the video, allege she suddenly became disoriented and the man in the red shoes sexually assaulted her between Dumpsters, then left her unconscious.

“The only things she remembers after arriving at El Hefe is waking up at Northwestern Hospital,” attorney Robert Fakhouri said.

Attorneys for the woman filed a lawsuit Monday naming the bar El Hefe. The lawsuit alleges negligence and that the staff acted with disregard to the patron’s safety. The video show the man with the red shoes talking with staff and re-entering without the woman.