Police Close Probe Into Tel Aviv Nightclub 'Rape Video'

Woman depicted in video says sex was consensual; social media were full of calls to close down the nightclub for sanctioning what people believed was rape.

Yaniv Kubovich
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The nightclub Allenby 40.
The nightclub Allenby 40.Credit: Aviad Herman
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Israeli Police have completed an investigation into a video clip showing a young woman having sexual intercourse with multiple partners in public at Allenby 40, a frequented Tel Aviv nightclub.

The video clip in question, which was circulated on WhatsApp after the incident occured roughly three months ago, showed a woman having sex with multiple partners in fullview at the Tel Aviv club.

After opening an investigation this summer on the grounds that the sexual act caught on camera may not have been consensual, police discovered that the public intercourse, which took place after an undefined sexually oriented competition in the club, was consensual, and not rape, as some on social media claimed. Upon questioning the young woman from the video, a Gush Dan resident, police discovered that though she was intoxicated at the time, she knowingly and willingly engaged in the act with one or multiple men, Channel 10 reported Wednesday.

One of the men shown in the video told police that he did not know the woman in question, and he thought she worked at the night club.

Despite the fact that the woman says the sex was consensual, social media exploded with criticism of the nightclub. An entire Facebook page was launched solely calling for the nightclub to be closed, claiming that the club exploited women and sanctioned the act, which detractors labeled rape.

Police questioned the club owners, who claimed that those who had circulated the clip meant to damage their reputation.

There are certain legal circumstances where, even if the sex is consensual, it can still be considered rape, such as when one of the parties experiences "exploiting a state of limited consciousness or any other state that could hinder the victim from freely agreeing to the act."

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