Lapdancer punched and slapped naked colleague in strip club changing room
A lapdancer punched, scratched and slapped her naked colleague in a heated bust-up inside a strip club changing room, a court heard.
Alexandra Bryan, 30, was accused of grabbing Abbie McEvilly at the Rouge club in Carlisle and clawing at her forehead.
Tension between the dancers boiled over when Miss Bryan allegedly kicked Miss McEvillys bag so hard it flew in the air, hitting another woman in the face.
Their boss had to break them up as they grappled on the floor, a court heard.
Miss Bryan, from Manchester, was cleared of assault by beating after a court heard evidence from four other lapdancers.
Prosecutor John Moran said Miss Bryan was the aggressor, but Peter Grogan, defending, said there was strong evidence to show his client acted in self-defence.
Violence erupted inside the clubs changing room at 10.30pm on November 11 last year, when they were getting ready for work.
They started arguing after Miss Bryan was told Miss McEvilly had been allegedly saying bad things about her behind her back.
A witness said she then saw Miss Bryan on top of the other woman, punching, slapping and scratching.
However, another dancer, said she saw Miss McEvilly pull the defendants hair, and they ended up on the floor, scuffling.
Delivering a not guilty verdict, magistrates said Miss Bryan acted in self-defence and that her actions had been proportionate.