A Tel Aviv nightclub currently the target of outcry by women’s groups has been ordered shut for a month, its owners and the police agreed, after a video of an intoxicated woman having sex with a number of men on the club’s sparked commendations and even a protest.
The woman had initially said she had consented to the sexual relations, though she admitted she “wasn’t in her right mind at the time”, prompting the police to close its probe into the incident.
But after a video of the event went was aired on Israeli television, sparking rape claims and an outcry, the woman is now expected to return to the police to give testimony about the circumstances of her intoxication, which she says included men serving her up to 15 cups of alcohol in all.
Last Tuesday, a rally was held outside the club, demanding it be shut down. In wake of the protest and public attention, the club’s owner and police agreed to have it temporarily shuttered.
Israel’s Channel 10 reported Thursday that the woman will now give new testimony to the police, saying that she was heavily under the influence of alcohol at the time.
The police will collect additional testimonies to discern if consent was given.
The woman’s lawyer, Eyal Ohayon, said that the woman first learned of the video only after arriving at the police station for the first time, prompting her to “act defensively.” Accordign to him, she is still processing the whole event and is not even ready to file a complaint.”
At the beginning of the week, prosecutors urged Tel Aviv district police to reopen the investigation into the incident, and to probe it as a possible rape.
They said that the rape angle was not investigated because the woman did not file a rape complaint with the police. The case was initially probed as a public indecency on the woman’s part.
Speaking to Channel 2 News over the weekend, she said that “at that moment I might have consented, but the consent wasn’t given when I was in my right mind,” because she had been plied with so many drinks that she was heavily intoxicated.
The woman said she had agreed to get onto the bar wearing a bathing suit. “At some point, at which I was no longer aware of anything, they just removed it.
Tuesday night several hundred people demonstrated in front of the nightclub and demanded it be shut down, accusing the club of “making profit from rape.” The demonstrators yelled slogans and held up signs that said, among other things, “Allenby 40 destroys lives, we’re here to destroy Allenby 40,” and “What would you do if it was your daughter?”
The demonstration came several days after a Facebook page was launched calling for Allenby 40 to be closed, claiming the club exploited women.