A British celebrity chef was attacked in a mass brawl after he defended his teenage daughters from thugs at a bar in the Philippines, reports say.
Michelin-starred Jason Atherton was with his family at the F Cafe and Bar in Cebu when his daughter allegedly complained a group of men harassed her outside the restroom last Friday.
The award-winning chef, 51, reportedly confronted them and asked them to apologise, but it soon turned violent.
Footage shows fists being thrown and people getting stomped on the ground.
In a video taken by an onlooker, Jason said: ‘I want an apology. If you could have sex with her in the toilet. She’s 17, she’s 17-years-old.’
He was pictured at work the next day with two black eyes and bruises around his nose.
Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia slammed the bar, claiming ‘they all ganged up on Jason, including F Bar’s people’.
The politician added: ‘Worse, F Bar’s bouncers held him down so Jason couldn’t fight back.
Jason is pictured with local governor Gwendolyn Garcia with his clearly visible injuries (Picture: ViralPress)
‘The lady manager joined in the melee, even providing a bottle to beat him further, the whole time condemning him and all foreigners as troublemakers.’
Jason met with the Governor, where they took a selfie showing his injuries.
She said: ‘These guys were harassing Jason’s daughter, while she was waiting in line for the restroom. Jason asked them to apologise, as any father who loves his daughter would.
Jason was at a bar with his family when his teenage daughter was ‘harrassed’ (Picture: PA)
‘Tonight, I told Jason, “I’m so sorry for what happened to you, Jason. I hope this will not change your fondness for Cebu.
Following the local official’s condemnation, the bar released a statement claiming their ‘CCTV footage showed that it was Chef Atherton who initiated the attack against another group’.
The statement said: ‘CCTV footage showed that it was Mr Atherton who initiated the attack against other group.
Jason is married to Irha Atherton (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
‘While we try to ensure that everybody feels good in our establishments, we have no control over the actions of others. We deeply regret what happened to Mr Atherton and the other parties involved in the fracas.’
Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia said in a speech on December 28: ‘This is disturbing, and it concerns not only the province of Cebu but most especially, the City of Cebu since it’s in our jurisdiction.
‘This representation feels that something has to be done about it not only as a public official but also as a father who also has a daughter.’
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