Perhaps most disturbing of all was how testimony from former lap dancers in the club read out or delivered in person were treated. Sammy Woodhouse, survivor of child sexual abuse and prominent campaigner, bravely gave her own experiences of the club - reliving a particularly damaging time in her life. Three men from the Spearmint Rhino delegation immediately jumped in swearing she had never worked there - calling her a liar.
The Council thinks it has stopped any impact on equality because 'the club is not open during the day' and 'it has no signage'. This is even after being shown research by the industry itself that shows this is irrelevant because everyone knows the club is there and is still affected by it. Oh, but we shouldn't forget, as the Barrister for the club is always quick to point out, it does have disabled access.