Chris Kilpatrick, Crescenta Valley councilman, identified in Precinct bar video

Chris Kilpatrick Precinct bar

Security footage and internal photography from Precinct show (left) two men, identified as Crescenta Valley Town Councilman Chris Kilpatrick and his boyfriend, urinating on the bar’s employee entrance, left, and Kilpatrick and his boyfriend, right, inside the bar.

UPDATE: Chris Kilpatrick resigns from Crescenta Valley Town Council.

Chris Kilpatrick, a Crescenta Valley councilmember, is accused of assaulting an employee at the popular downtown Los Angeles queer bar Precinct after he was found urinating on an employee entrance door outside the venue with another man.

But an attorney for Chris Kilpatrick alleges his client was acting in self-defense, believing he was about to be “gay bashed,” according to Out.

On Wednesday, the Crescenta Valley Town Council posted a statement on its Instagram page.

“The Crescenta Valley Town Council is aware of the social media posts concerning allegations about the conduct of a member and is actively gathering the facts around the incidents. If the incidents are found to be true, such conduct is not fitting for a member of the Council.” 

Three of the 10 council members signed the letter: Harry Leon, Frida Baghdassarian, and Kerri Brautigam

On Tuesday, Precinct shared video footage on its Instagram page of two men urinating at the employee entrance outside the bar.

“Last Saturday night, these two party boys decided to show everyone what not to do at Precinct,” the caption to the Instagram post reads. “They first left the bar with full cocktail glasses in hand, then decided to go to our employee entrance, whip out their (shrimp emoji) and piss all over it together.”

“When done, they rounded the corner where one of the managers spotted the drinks and tried to take them away; the big one reacted by physically assaulting him, throwing him to the ground.”

The post didn’t name the pair, but the carousel of pictures and videos included a photo of them.

Commenters on the post, including “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Willam, identified the taller man in the video as Kilpatrick.

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Out attempted to reach Kilpatrick for comment, but his attorney, John Duran, responded, saying by email that the “incident is ongoing, and facts are still being gathered.”

Duran said Kilpatrick and his boyfriend were outside Precinct at 2 a.m. when they were approached by two people who did not identify themselves as staff or security from the bar.

“The first individual grabbed my client aggressively asking if he had been at Precinct Bar,” Duran wrote in the email. “My client instinctively pushed back in self defense. It was reasonable for him to believe that they were about to possibly be gay bashed by these 2 individuals.”

Duran also said that “public urination is not a criminal offense,” but only a citation that involves paying a fine.

Many performers from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula,” and the local drag scene also regularly perform at the venue and shared their own responses to the post.

  • Delta Work wrote, “Grossssssssssss!”
  • Kimora Blac tagged the Instagram page for KTLA 5 News.
  • Abhora commented, “BANISHED!!”
  • Pandora Boxx replied, “Awful (thumbs-down emoji).”
  • “Drag Race” season four queen Willam and The Race Chaser podcast host commented, “I’m so mad on behalf of the staff. @chris.kilptrick (trash emoji).”
  • “The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula,”season three winner Landon Cider reacted to the same profile that Willam referenced. “‘100% American’ in the profile is such a (red flag emoji).”

Other commenters in the Precinct post brought up another account, @realchriskilpatrick, which also seems to have been deleted or deactivated.

Kilpatrick was elected to the Crescenta Valley Town Council in 2020 and also serves on the land use committee, according to the  Crescenta Valley Town Council website,

The Crescenta Valley is a small inland valley 15 miles north of downtown Los Angeles and includes La Cañada Flintridge, Crescenta Highlands, La Crescenta-Montrose, Montrose, Sunland, Tujunga, Verdugo City.

“Chris is a Crescenta Valley native,” according to the Crescenta Valley website. “He attended local schools and graduated from Clark Magnet High School in 2003. After leaving the area to attend college, Chris returned and now lives in The Crescenta Valley. He owns and runs a local business that specializes in custom residential construction.”

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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