A Redwood City promoter has sued the city and a police detective, claiming his future music shows were cancelled after the detective told the bar owner he once pulled a gun on a girlfriend.
Rian Carroll, a Menlo College graduate, filed the lawsuit April 15 in San Mateo County Superior Court against Redwood City and police Det. Christopher Winn, alleging slander and negligent interference with contractual relations.
His lawyer, Christopher D'Anjou, said although Carroll did face several criminal charges related to an ex-girlfriend in 2008, he was acquitted by a jury on all counts. The charges included assault with a deadly weapon or by force likely to produce great bodily injury, criminal threats, and infliction of injury on a present or former dating partner, according to the suit.
The charges were based on the former girlfriend's false accusations, D'Anjou said Thursday, adding that Carroll didn't commit any violence against her.
Carroll produced a music show at the Deseo Tequila Lounge in Redwood City in July 2013 and spent part of the money raised to buy school supplies for low-income kids, according to the suit. After the show the owner of the bar, located at 851 Main St., verbally agreed to let Carroll do future gigs once a month, the suit says.
"The owner was very pleased, they had a very good time," D'Anjou said.
But Winn later approached the owner and discouraged him from working with Carroll, according to the suit. Winn was the investigating officer in the assault case.
Winn reportedly told the owner, "He beat the rap, but he pulled a gun to his girlfriend. I don't think that this is the type of person you want to deal with," the suit states.
"He did own a gun at the time, but he never pointed it at her," D'Anjou said. "And now he's not able to move on with his life because of the statements made."
The owner later told Carroll he wouldn't let him do more shows after what Winn told him, D'Anjou said.
Carroll, who owns a hauling business in Redwood City, is seeking unspecified damages.
Redwood City spokeswoman Sheri Costa-Batis said the city would not comment on a matter that is being litigated.