Beirut nightclub shut down after sexually-explicit stage performance

Clubbers were shocked at the scenes unfolding on the stage. (Screengrab)
Updated 26 June 2018
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Beirut nightclub shut down after sexually-explicit stage performance

DUBAI: Lebanese clubbers were left shocked at the weekend as two female performers cavorted on stage in a sexually explicit live show which saw them ripping each other’s costumes off.
Some clubbers were so disgusted by the scenes unfolding in front of them that they walked out of the exclusive venue.
In video footage that was sent to Arab News but is too explicit to show and has now gone viral across social networks, people can be heard gasping in disbelief as one of the performers poured hot wax from a burning candle onto the other woman’s body.
On Tuesday, Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces shut down Beirut’s Discotek club, after Interior Minister Nohad Al-Machnouk saw the videos and called for those responsible to be held accountable.
Speaking to Arab News, one woman, who asked only to be named as Roya and witnessed the shocking show, said: “I did not expect this kind of nudity and profanity on stage, it was just a normal night with my friends before all this happened.”
“We all turned around and couldn’t watch — some people even left the club immediately,” she added.
“It was a surprise when one of the dancers undressed the other. I personally was not expecting that to happen. I don’t believe anyone attending the event from the guests, planners, or management was expecting it either,” Houssam, another clubber, told Arab News.
The club issued a statement on their social media platforms apologizing for the incident saying “Neither Discotek management, nor the Cirque Le Soir management, were aware of the individual actions of the performers.”
“Cirque Le Soir is a renowned show that is currently on a World Tour. We have conveyed our objection to Cirque Le Soir management for the unacceptable acts. We realize that some of you may have been offended and that was never our intention,” the statement added.
The club's management declined to make any comments on the incident.
Arab News tried contacting Beirut’s municipality and Cirque Le Soir for comment but received no answer.


Couple awarded $1 million in voyeurism lawsuit

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Couple awarded $1 million in voyeurism lawsuit

BELLINGHAM, Washington: A judge has awarded a Washington couple $1 million in damages after they sued a former lifeguard and city employee who admitted to videotaping women while they used a staff changing area at an aquatic center.
The Bellingham Herald reports the woman in the lawsuit said the video voyeurism caused her mental anguish, altered her marriage, lifestyle and diminished her love for swimming due to the anxiety she feels when changing into a swimsuit.
The woman and her husband filed a lawsuit against the city of Bellingham and the suspect. Bellingham is 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Seattle.
On Tuesday, Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis awarded $750,000 to the woman and $250,000 to her husband, more than their lawyer asked for.
The court dismissed her claims against the city in March.