Woman in Tel Aviv Nightclub 'Rape Video': I Consented, but Wasn't in My Right Mind

Video showing intoxicated woman having sex with numerous partners at Tel Aviv's Allenby 40 nightclub causes uproar, including calls on social media for club to be closed.

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The nightclub Allenby 40.
The nightclub Allenby 40.Credit: Aviad Herman
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The woman at the center of a scandal in which she is seen publicly having sex with numerous partners at a Tel Aviv nightclub says she wasn’t raped, but “wasn’t in my right mind when giving consent” because she was so intoxicated.

The incident took place at the Allenby 40 nightclub several months ago, but created a storm in Israel when Channel 10 aired a video clip of the act. In the video clip, first distributed on WhatsApp, the woman is seen naked on top of a bar and having sex with many people. Social media commenters speculated on whether the woman was raped. But after questioning the woman, a police investigation this summer concluded that the sex was consensual.

However, in an interview with TV’s Channel 2 News on Saturday, the woman said she wasn’t “in my right mind” at the time of the incident. She said a few men had ordered a large amount of alcohol for her that night. “They poured it and I started drinking. As I drank, other men also ordered more drinks for me. I think I had between 12 and 15 drinks before I went on top of the bar,” she recalled.

She added that she doesn’t consume alcohol very often. “What went through my mind was, ‘Where am I?’ and ‘What am I doing?’ I wasn’t aware of other people around me. I don’t know how I got into a situation in which I was consuming alcohol. I’m not used to drinking, the smell disgusts me. I reached a situation in which I didn’t know where I was.”

The woman said she had agreed to get onto the bar wearing a bathing suit. “At some point, at which I was no longer aware of anything, they just removed it. One woman pulled the strings of my bra and bathing suit, and I was left naked.”

She also referred to social media responses to the incident, saying, “I was at home reading what was said about me and started to cry. I’m a woman who has never let any man mock me.”

The woman added that, despite her mental state at the time, she had told police she didn’t consider the incident to have been rape. However, she added on Saturday, “If I were fully aware of my surroundings, I wouldn’t even have taken my shoes off.”

The law does define some incidents as rape even when there is apparent consent by the victim. This includes cases in which intercourse takes place while “exploiting a state of unconsciousness or other circumstances in which the victim is incapable of giving free consent.”

An entire Facebook page was launched calling for Allenby 40 to be closed, claiming the club exploited women and sanctioned the sexual act. Police questioned the club owners, who claimed that those circulating the video clip had meant to damage their reputation.

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