Video footage has captured the moment a woman was pushed to the ground by an "overly aggressive" bouncer after a heated altercation over her being kicked out of a nightclub.
CCTV footage of the incident, which took place at the 54 nightclub on Seel Street, Liverpool shortly after 2am on Saturday, February 18, shows a woman with dark hair arguing with a bouncer.
The video shows the woman suddenly strike the bouncer in the face, who reacts by pushing her as she is seen falling heavily to the ground.
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In other videos, which have been circulating online, two of the woman's friends were shouting and prodding the doorman and his colleague, who then pushed them both to the ground.
But additional footage, released by the venue, shows one of the women who were pushed to the ground screaming at a male member of club management, while lashing out repeatedly with what appears to be a mobile phone.
One of the club dancers approaches to try and calm her down but is caught in the face by the phone, reportedly leaving her with a black eye, Liverpool Echo reports.
Merseyside Police confirmed they are investigating the incident and had been invited to examine the CCTV footage.
According to a statement from 54 nightclub, police officers told them they "felt the actions of the door-staff were justified" – but the club accepted that the doorman was "overly aggressive" in his response to the incident.
The Security Industry Authority (SIA), which regulates licences to work in the security industry, confirmed it is also investigating the incident.
The nightclub also claims the mum of one of the women involved in the altercations reached out to "apologise for her daughter's part in this".
A spokesman for 54 told the ECHO: "Just after 2am a member of a group was removed from the premises due to her actions in the female toilet towards other customers and also to the attendant. She was also intoxicated.
"The rest of the party she was with were then also asked to leave due to several complaints from other customers in the venue about their behaviour.
"As the group left, the member of the group who was removed first and was already outside attacked a member of the security team. He has subsequently pushed her.
"The group then turned on staff and customers outside threatening them as some customers began to film their actions. Both parties have acted overly aggressive which led to an unfortunate incident."
The spokesman said 54 asked the police to assess the footage, and claimed the clips circulating online were "highly edited" and "missed out" unprovoked assaults on security, management and the dancer.
The club said it has not "gone down the avenue" of making official reports about those alleged assaults "at this time".
The 54 spokesmen said: "A lot of customers have contacted us since the weekend with footage of the build-up to events outside of 54 Liverpool. Management has also received a number of complaints about the group involved in relation to their behaviour during the night in question.
"We must add that no member of staff in hospitality, or indeed any profession, is paid enough to be spat at, hit with objects and threatened with follow-up attacks. One of the 54 Liverpool management and also one of our dancers are recovering well after being attacked."
The spokesman continued: "We would like to thank the Mother of one of the girls involved for reaching out to us to apologise for her daughter's part in this.
"We have in turn apologised on behalf of the security company who work on our premises, to her, for their member of staff's actions. The doorman in the video has been suspended by the security company he works for while the police investigated this incident.
"He has now also been sent on a conflict resolution course in line with SIA guidelines, this week. 54 Liverpool now hope to draw a line under this incident as do those involved. All parties need to do better in the future as this incident could have been avoided."
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A statement from the SIA said: "We are aware of reports of an incident that took place at the 54 Nightclub in Liverpool over the weekend.
"We take allegations of violence by security officers against the public they are there to protect very seriously. We are seeking access to footage circulating online, and at this stage are not able to say more while the incident is being looked into."
Merseyside Police confirmed the incident had been reported and said it had nothing to add to the statement from 54 nightclub.
A spokesman said anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC quoting reference 23000142317 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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