On July 10, Laura Nichol was escorted out of XS Las Vegas into police custody following a physical altercation with an alleged groper. The following day, she took her anger out in a detailed Facebook post, denouncing the Las Vegas Metro Police Department as sexist and unfair and announcing that she had been banned from Wynn/Encore establishments for life. By Monday morning, July 18, her post has garnered more than 2,200 reactions and 6,970 shares.
“Last night I had my body and vagina groped by a stranger in the pool at the XS Night Swim party at the Encore in Las Vegas,” Nichol started in the post. “Unfortunately, what followed was even more disturbing.”
She goes on to tell in detail how she was groped numerous times by a few different male partiers until one man groped her body and vagina while she floated in the XS pool. She explains that she began to fight her groper before swiftly being separated by club security. She maintained that female security members were understanding and attentive but soon found male LVMPD officers to be suspicious of her claims and belittling with their comments.
According to her post, she was detained, made to feel like a burden, and subjected to sexist comments. Her full Facebook post reads as follows:
Wynn/Encore Group responded to a request for comment swiftly with the following:
“We would not want any guest to have the experience that has been reported. We take safety and security very seriously and act immediately when any assault is reported. In this case, both guests were actively involved in a physical altercation in a pool when our security reached them. As with any act of violence between two people in the club, they were separated, restrained and interviewed. Upon hearing the two conflicting reports, we contacted Las Vegas Metro Police to take action they believe appropriate. Clearly, investigation and prosecution of an assault rests with law enforcement and the courts. We have reached out to the female guest to offer whatever assistance we can.”
As far as Nichol’s banishment from the group establishments, Wynn/Encore maintains that is just part of base policy employed for guests’ ensured safety and may be rescinded following further investigation.
“Anyone involved in a fight is banned until we review the facts as they relate to the club (versus the facts of the assault, which only Metro can resolve). Once the facts are reviewed by the resort, guests can have the ban lifted, which is why we reached out to her.”
LVMPD says it is “looking into the criminal allegations and the claims as described in Ms. Nichol’s Facebook post,” but can’t give any further comment due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. Billboard Dance will update this story as it develops.