Granny sues after injury at male strip show
Publish date: 11 February 2019
Issue Number: 810
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
A Cape Town grandmother blinded by a stripper during a sexy firemen’s routine at a UK nightclub is suing The Dreamboys troupe for about R2.5m, says a Weekend Argus report. Merle Groenewald (58) was on a girls’ night out with three friends at London’s Leicester Square nightspot, Rise, in December 2014 when she was injured and rushed to hospital by paramedics. She was sitting in the front row ‘with her knees touching the stage’ when one of four Dreamboys strippers, who were dressed as firemen, flicked his trousers towards the audience, allegedly whipping her in the eyes. According to Groenewald’s particulars of claim for £150 000 damages lodged at the Central London County Court, she ‘suffered a severe blunt injury to her left eye which caused her to require surgery. She has lost useful vision in her left eye. Further, she suffered a temporary injury to her right eye.’ But Dreamboys are contesting her claim, arguing they did nothing wrong. ‘It is not admitted that she was struck by any part of a performer’s clothing. If such an event occurred, it was not a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the performance being staged by Dreamboys,’ their lawyers argue.