Jeremy Popoff FINALLY Admits Slidebar's Role in Call to Police That Led to Kelly Thomas Killing

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After months of denials and ridiculing the OC Weekly and others, Slidebar owner Jeremy Popoff finally admitted on KFI's John and Ken Show that one of his employees did, in fact, call police the night Kelly Thomas was brutally beaten by six Fullerton Police officers to death.

Good job, Jeremy!


Popoff had denied again and again the involvement of his fine establishment (also known to locals as the "Slimebar") in the Kelly Thomas tragedy. The Lit guitarist finally came clean after a former employee filed a lawsuit alleging Popoff had a no-homeless policy, resulting in a manager making a false police report that led to the death of the 37-year-old homeless man with schizophrenia. (See: Lawsuit: Fullerton Bar Manager Enticed Police with a Lie Before Officers Beat Kelly Thomas to Death).

After the Weekly's Brandon Ferguson cited multiple sources stating a Slidebar employee made the callPopoff denied this in a lengthy voicemail to our offices in January. And he continued to deny this even after our R. Scott Moxley broke the story that confirmed Brandon's Slidebar assertion back in February.
 
Popoff and his lawyer denied the claims of an anti-homeless policy during a press conference, with Popoff saying, "We've done a lot for the homeless community around here, we've gotten to know a lot of them, we care very much about...we knew Kelly for years."

So why would an employee call the police on someone the establishment cares about and has known for years? Popoff, you still got some 'splainin to do. 


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jacko62
jacko62

Thought this was Brandon's story? What's the deal? Tits and ass beat a pair of stones..

JRNelson20
JRNelson20

Capitol-ism and Compassion are not parralell thoughts. 

Xenu
Xenu

Li's a shit band, this is a shit bar - shut it down and bring back 'back to the grind' and 'The Reagan Years'!!!

Aspire
Aspire

You should have used a period after 'deny' and started a new sentence as well. ;) The businessman did not get caught in a bold-face lie. This publication manipulated the facts in order to vilify the businessman and gain weak-minded readers. Smart business people know how pathetic this publication truly is. Shoddy reporting, biased opinions, conspiracy theorists and lacking in intelligence is what The OC Weekly is.

Aspire
Aspire

First of all, I STATED. To have 'said' would imply a direct conversation. Secondly, I stated, I will never read anything from you -A G A I N. If you do not already work for this publication, you should, since you incorrectly state the facts and only comprehend portions of them.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

 oopsie, it took 2 weeks for someone to point out my typo, and it would have to be an unregistered user...

 Aspire
Aspire

Why YOU embarrass yourself with such poor grammar; Bro?

 Aspire
Aspire

I am not surprised that you are a reader of this newspaper since you can not formulate complete sentences or utilize capitalization.

Aspire
Aspire

You are an idiot. Go back to school. Learn how to formulate sentences.

 Aspire
Aspire

More run on sentences lacking in puncuation from the highly intelligent readers of this low-class newspaper.

Howard_x
Howard_x

Thats the wonderful thing about the internet, I dont have to think. I am free to express my opinion that Jeremy Popoff is a massive douchebag who deserves to lose his business, his career as a musician and any peace of mind he may attempt to claim in the future without any facts at all. 

Kp
Kp

Ditto cops, district attorneys, elected 'officials' and even newswriters. Ultimately it comes down to the person and not the job.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

 "Businessman" tend to get honest only when they are caught in a bold faced lie that they can no longer deny, when the bouncer took them to court, the proof of the lie became a matter of public record.

Howard_x
Howard_x

"He is a passionate father, musician, songwriter" None of that matters, what matters is the topic thats being discussed. Would a "stand up guy" commit the actions he's accused of? Not in my book. 

Rob Benjamin
Rob Benjamin

I have known Jeremy for years and he is one of the nicest guys in rock n' roll. His entire family is kind, loving and gracious. Whatever happened with this please keep an open mind, otherwise you are just speculating and fabricating on a situation you were not directly involved in. I can tell you based on my personal interactions with Jeremy he would never hurt anyone or want to see anyone hurt in anyway. Regardless of WHO called the cops - the gentleman that died should have been treated with dignity by the authorities. The real focus here should be on that. You guys are attacking someone who has always held his love for his community in high regard. He is a passionate father, musician, songwriter, performer and a survivor of tragedy himself. Lit has always been proud of the OC and this reporting is crap. Anyone that has met Jeremy knows he is a stand up guy. At least let everything play out first. Geez.

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

and they have settled with the mother.  their may be no written admission of guilt,  but your eyes and ears can't be lied to now

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

well that was almost a year ago, he;s been investigated, wheres the extortion arrest?

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

"someone has to pay for the little things"............................my favorite song

Howard_x
Howard_x

Citing "musical differences" the band Lit parted ways with long time member Jeremy Popoff in 3, 2, 1...

949girl
949girl

The funny thing is, I got a copy of the Weekly while getting a coffee this morning and Lit and the Slidebar have the whole back cover of the current OC Weekly and Jeremy Popoff is in the photo!

Boboorozco
Boboorozco

 you mean like an article on why it was OK to beat Kelly to death?

joeman
joeman

thank you Kelly Thomas- your death saved my life. I cannot count the number of time folks have called the police on me saying that I was crazy and to go ahead and take me out because they think I am schitzo. City of Orange and Orange County Sheriffs are trying to be the next Fullerton. It is as if they hate the politicians in office....... or think the DA will cover up anything they do sad thing is, I am just intelligent and caught them committing crimes-- so to cover them up-- they call me crazy and try to get me out of the way using the police

Thomas DilatedPhotography
Thomas DilatedPhotography

It's called being aggressive. I don't think there are many more angles to it than what is written here. Popoff apparently made it clear to staff that he wanted Thomas gone from the area no matter what and DeMarco acted upon his words by calling in a false report. Popoff has been denying this since Slidebar was accused of having something to do with it in the first place..the man has been lieing this entire time and apparently has also been directing staff to not speak with Investigators..that is called Hindering a Homicide Investigation. It's always very illegal. What other angle are you looking for? If by angle, you mean Spin..then I direct you to OCRegister.com. Might like that crowd a little better.

Jessicaloulou13
Jessicaloulou13

OC Weekly sucks at reporting. Is journalism meant to be so biased? why not write an article that views the situation from every angle. 

Thomas DilatedPhotography
Thomas DilatedPhotography

Excellent Job to Amber and all that have been reporting on this issue. Spreading this article now! 

jacko62
jacko62

How's come ole Brandon didn't get this assignment. He's been hammering away at this like he's a one-man Woodstein since last summer for chrissakes! 

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Amber, congratulations on getting an asrticle on navel gazing. Imay be wrong but this is the first article ive seen you write for the weekly. 

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

tragic that it took so long to admit it.  At leat the picture is alot learer now for the trial of ramos and cicinelli.

NFLcopiesWWE
NFLcopiesWWE

@ Aspire What an atrocious statement: "I am not surprised that you are a reader of this newspaper since you can not formulate complete sentences or utilize capitalization."  For someone who wishes to correct others on their writing, you yourself have atrocious skills in written English. The way your sentence reads, you accused someone else of being unable to "formulate utilize capitalization." Commas are your friend, friend; perhaps you should take a basic writing course and learn their purpose.

Fore
Fore

He wouldn't.  You  have zero facts  and should really think before commenting.

pirateking427
pirateking427

sorry to say mi amigo but jeremy popoff is a useless git

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