Continuing my quest to call out music and nightlife companies that think their patrons should bend over and accept any rule dreamed up, however offensive and illegal, today a friend of mine and I filed suit against New York nightclub “Flash Factory,” located in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan.
The basis of the suit is this: we were heading to a concert at Flash Factory, never before having been to this relatively new venue. On the way in there was a pat-down, which we assumed was just a quick check of pockets for weapons as some New York nightclubs do. But, both of us were shocked when a security guard, without warning, lifted my friend’s bra off her chest to feel her breasts, and likewise, decided to flat-out grab my genitals. I don’t mean TSA-style “sliding hands up your legs until they ‘meet resistance,'” often bumping the sides of their hands into your crotch. I mean straight-up, full palm and fingertips checking out my junk.
After the incident, I immediately wrote to, and my friend called, Flash Factory, and both of us were entirely ignored. No apology, no acknowledgement, no response at all. No one should have to deal with sexual assault to get into a nightclub. It is atrocious that they feel the need to treat their customers this way, so, a new lawsuit against them for battery and negligence was filed in New York County Supreme Court.
Good luck ignoring that, Flash Factory.
[Edit – Since posting, numerous people have shared their story of being molested by Flash Factory. I’ve created a separate Web site dedicated to posting stories of abuse at Flash Factory.]