Nevada Strip Club Worker Sexually Assaulted as Nearby Security Guard Laughed, Suit Claims

Posted on: February 8, 2023, 08:25h. 

Last updated on: February 8, 2023, 02:08h.

A worker at a Nevada strip club is suing her former employer after she was allegedly choked and sexually assaulted by a customer at the business, she claims in a recent lawsuit.

Southern X-Posure Gentlemen’s Club
Southern X-Posure Gentlemen’s Club in West Wendover, Nev., pictured above. An employee claims she was sexually assaulted at the club. (Image: Restaurant Guru)

A nearby security guard failed to respond as she screamed for help during the May 7, 2021, attack at Southern X-Posure Gentlemen’s Club in West Wendover, Nev., according to the lawsuit filed in December at the Elko County District Court.

It was only her second day on the job when the man approached her. They were in a private room that was used for dances.

She screamed as the man grabbed her, but instead of stopping, he laughed and tossed a $100 bill at her, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing court documents in the case. He continued to attack her, then bit her several times, the suit said. He allegedly prevented her from escaping the torture and forced her to the floor.

The man then sexually assaulted her. During the attack, he also choked her, according to the legal complaint.

It was unclear from the initial report if she worked as a dancer or server at the club. Nor was it known if she is still employed there.

The club is located in a local shopping mall about two miles from the Utah border. Several casinos are nearby.

Guard Allegedly Congratulates Assailant

A security guard who was stationed outside of the private party room did not intervene despite her cries for help, the lawsuit claims.

The security guard also laughed when the victim was finally able to escape, according to the victim’s reports. He also gave the customer a celebratory “high-five” hand slap, according to official reports.

The woman reported the sexual assault and attack to the strip club. But she claims that the club management didn’t investigate the incident. Another worker at the club later contacted the local police department and reported the attack.

West Wendover Police Chief Carl Kunz confirmed to the Review-Journal that the incident is an “open investigation.”

It’s unclear if the victim suffered physical injuries from the attack. Injuries, as well as any emotional trauma, could become a major part of her case if the legal action proceeds to trial.

Potential Criminal Charges

It appears that no arrests have been made in the case. If someone is arrested and convicted of sexual assault in Nevada, they could face a sentence of life in prison, according to the online information. Parole is possible. They also must register as a sex offender.

Kidnapping, which also can be charged when someone is confined against their will, can lead to a sentence of 15 years to life in prison. Parole is possible after five years in prison.

On its Facebook page, the club says it provides an “Adult Night Club. Champagne and Full Liquor Bar. Female Dancers. Party Night Club.” It has operated since about 2001.