Berlin D2 bar party organiser beaten up on street

Influencer behind controversial viral bash viciously assaulted
Threats: Jess Brennan

Threats: Jess Brennan

Backlash: This viral clip of the D2 party caused outrage

Backlash: This viral clip of the D2 party caused outrage

Eugene Masterson

THE social media 'influencer' behind the infamous Berlin D2 brunch was beaten up in a sickening street attack in the capital yesterday morning.

Jess Brennan and a male friend were violently assaulted in the early hours of yesterday in Dublin's south inner city.

The glamorous promoter previously revealed how she was 'flooded' with abuse over her involvement in organising the brunch, in which a video of a masked barman dancing on a counter and pouring shots into the open mouths of random punters sparked a major public backlash.

A source has told the Sunday World that gardai were called to the scene early yesterday morning to find the bloodied and battered pair suffering from their wounds.

"There was a lot of blood but neither sought medical attention," reveals a source.

"Gardai took statements from witnesses who saw the assault. They are also examining CCTV footage from the incident.

"It is unclear just how many people attacked the couple or what was the exact motivation behind it."

Social media star Jess Brennan organised the now-notorious brunch in Dublin's Berlin D2 hostelry last month where no social distancing appeared to take place.

Backlash: This viral clip of the D2 party caused outrage

Backlash: This viral clip of the D2 party caused outrage

The afternoon brunch cost €25 and when videos of the antics inside the bar went viral they sparked outrage from both the public and politicians.

Both Brennan and Berlin D2 owner Jay Bourke said they encountered a fierce public backlash, with numerous threats sent their way.

Last night, a garda spokesman confirmed an assault was being investigated by officers.

"Gardai are investigating an incident of assault which occurred on South Richmond street in the early hours of this morning, Saturday 12th September at approximately 1.30am.

"A male and female, aged in their 20s, received a number of serious but non-life threatening injuries during the incident. Investigations are continuing."

Ms Brennan did not refer to the attack on her social media yesterday, but instead posted a picture of a hangover meal of a half eaten burger from McDonalds, a Lucozade bottle, a large bottle of sparkling water and a twirl chocolate bar asking 'where wouldje get it' (sic).

Her male DJ pal who was beaten up also did not refer to the assault, but did curiously ask: "Would you go to a socially distanced gig if it was table seating for groups, 50 capacity two hour vision DJs or locals set in town at night - yes/no?".

The Sunday World tried to contact Ms Brennan by email yesterday but did not get any reply at time of going to press.

Promoter Jess, whose 'private' Instagram account has 77,000 followers, had previously strongly defended the Berlin D2 brunch, describing it as 'largely rule-adherent'.

She had claimed the clip of "someone having a sip of booze has proved a very convenient scapegoat for the Government to hide their own sh**ty mistakes behind".

She posted a statement to her Instagram account, describing the event as a "small gathering", though she acknowledged video footage shared after the event had shown "a very irresponsible move of a member of bar staff before they were reprimanded by management."

Brennan took issue with the media portrayal of the event and with the person who had shared the short snippet of footage. She said the videos shared online were not representative of the event as a whole and that personal footage as well as CCTV from the venue proves this.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn described the scenes at the event as "reckless".

"It simply cannot be tolerated, and behaviour like that around the country puts the work that the majority of people in this country have done, to get us to where we are, at risk," he said.

Bar owner Jay Bourke who handed over CCTV to Gardaí, had earlier said that he was satisfied that the videos shared on social media showed "20 seconds of madness" and that the event was "well controlled" aside from this incident.

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