Republic of Ireland striker Anthony Stokes has been ordered to pay damages amounting to €230,000 to an Elvis Presley impersonator whom he assaulted in Buck Whaleys nightclub on Leeson Street in 2013.
Anthony Bradley, 53, sued the 28-year-old following the attack, claiming that as well as a broken nose and damaged teeth he had gone on to develop neck problems and suffer from psychological issues and sleeplessness. Bradley said that after Stokes' attack he has longer been able to perform as Elvis. He has also given up his job at Dublin's Gresham Hotel.
In the evidence, Bradley said the attack happened after somebody spilt a drink on him and he turned to tell them "it was okay", only for Stokes to then attack him. Stokes, who neither obtained legal representation nor attended court in person, denied the claims but the jury unanimously found him guilty.