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Image captured from a surveillance video entered into evidence in ‘Lisi v. Englesbe.’

Waitresses are used to dealing with bad customers. Few, however, end up having to sue one, and fewer still end up with a $3 million jury award after being injured by a diner who couldn’t keep his hands to himself.

But that’s exactly how it turned out for Kristin Lisi, a server at the Scarpetta Italian restaurant in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. She filed a lawsuit after an October 2016 incident in which a wealthy patron, Gregory Englesbe, drunkenly grabbed her by the throat and pulled her in for an unwanted kiss.

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P.J. D'Annunzio

Reporter at the Legal Intelligencer covering public corruption, federal courts, and breaking news.

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