Woman Claims Sexual Assault By Toy In Hibachi Restaurant

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - During dinner at hibachi restaurant, a woman called police to file an assault report after she was squirted with water by a toy made to look like a man peeing.

The incident happened at Wasabi on Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro. An officer was called to to the restaurant on a sexual assault complaint.

According to the incident report, the woman's husband, James Lassiter, said the server took out a toy figure of a person. When the server pulled the toy's pants down, water shot out hitting his wife, Isabelle.

James told the officer that the toy had a penis and that his wife felt sexually assaulted. They were also offended that the act was done in front of their four children.

However, the officer found that the description wasn't totally accurate. "I observed the toy to have no penis and just a hole for the water to shoot out."

The couple and the chef that used the toy were interviewed. The chef admitted to using it, and show the toy to the officer.

No charges have been filed. Click here to read the full incident report.

CLICK HERE to listen to the full 911 call reporting the alleged sexual assault.

One day after this report aired, the Lassiters released the following statement:

"People are missing the point. This was a sexually-oriented toy meant for adults, in front of minor children. We're not trying to make money off of this. If the toy was in a bar, it'd be a different situation, but this was in a family restaurant with 13 to 14 year olds at the table. If people think it's so funny, why don't people go buy that toy and squirt a cop in the face with it and see what happens."

Update: On July 31, Johnny Huang, the general manger of Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse said he has seen a big increase in the amount of business his restaurant has received since the original NewsChannel 5 story has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people across the country.  

Huang says about a quarter of the diners have seen the story, and decided to dine there because of it.  Huang say he has not been served with any legal papers from James or Isabelle Lassiter, and has not heard from their attorney.


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