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Woman Claims Bingo Hall Owner Choked Her During Brawl

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A high school bingo fundraiser in Sacramento broke out into a brawl, and the woman at the center of the fight says the bingo manager attacked her.

Diana Dorsey, 65, says she was choked by the manager of a bingo hall and it was all caught on camera, but police say the manager and his employees committed no crime.

“He lifted me by my blouse up to the wall,” said Dorsey.

A YouTube video showed the manager of the Charity Bingo hall off Fulton Avenue holding Dorsey back as she struggled to break free from his grasp.

“I play bingo all over California; nobody’s ever had a problem with me,” said Dorsey.

She claims she saw one of his employees cheating on New Years Day, and when she called the person out, the manager got angry and confronted her.

“That’s what affected me. When I saw it, and I’ve been going to this place for over 20 years,” said Dorsey.

Dorsey says the manager grabbed her and choked her as he held her against the wall. However, when police arrived, she says they never asked for her side of the story and just escorted her and her daughter out.

“It was settled when they got there. All we needed to do was sign a paper that says we are not allowed on this property for six months, and leave,” said Dorsey.

Dorsey says the sheriff’s department has continued to give her the run-around on filing charges, even after she went to the hospital for injuries she says she suffered.

Deputies tell CBS13 this is a case of he-said-she-said, and no one is charged with a crime because no crime was committed.

“She’s 5’2″, he’s 6’2″, whatever the case may be, he was wrong,” daughter Renee said.

Meanwhile, Dorsey says the attack won’t stop her from playing her favorite game, but she’s now talking to a lawyer about possible legal action.

“I would do the same thing all over again,” said Dorsey.

Dorsey says she’ll be back playing bingo, just somewhere else.

CBS13 tried to track down the bingo hall owner by calling and stopping by his business, but he could not be reached.

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