Police arrested a Tel Aviv nightclub employee and are searching for at least one other worker on suspicion of raping two teenage girls at the club on Saturday night. The police also ordered one of the owners of the Allenby 44 club to be held on house arrest, for allegedly obstructing their investigation by initially denying them access to the club's surveillance cameras.
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According to the police, the barman and other workers at the club provided excessive amounts of alcohol to the two teenage girls until they were so drunk they collapsed. The suspects then allegedly raped them in the bar, just before closing time when no customers were present.
After the deed, the suspects cast the girls outside, where they remained all night in a state of unconsciousness," said Tel Aviv police superintendent Itzik Cohen. They received medical attention hours later.
When the police arrived at the nightclub to investigate, the owner refused to allow them to view the surveillance cameras or access the club's computer without a warrant. The owner was subsequently confined to house arrest.
The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court extended the remand of the bar employee until Thursday. He claims that the sex with the two minors was consensual.
However, a police representative told the court that according to the footage from the surveillance cameras, the girls were in no condition to give consent. Given the amount of alcohol they consumed and the fact that both of them could not stand up, they were in no position to object," said the police representative.
The police are searching for another bar employee whom they suspect of raping of one of the girls.