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Strip club boss invites feminist to venue – after she tried to shutting down

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A strip club boss has invited a feminist to visit his club after she made a case for closing it down.

Helen Everett came face to face with John Specht this week at a Leicester City Council meeting which was determining the future of "sexual entertainment venues" in the city.

Mr Specht, director of one of the biggest strip club chains in the UK, is hoping to open his Spearmint Rhino club once the Government lifts Covid-19 restriction that currently prohibit lap-dancing.

The club has been closed for fifteen months and he hopes the council will grant it a new sexual entertainment venue, despite Mrs Everett calling for its closure, Leicestershire Live reports.

During the hearing at City Hall, Mrs Everett asked Mr Specht if she would be allowed to visit his club.

“As a guest? Sure, why not? Do you want to visit with me and meet the entertainers?”, asked Mr Specht.

Mrs Everett said: “I don’t need the protection of men.”

“I mean I’d be your guide, and show you around”, said Mr Specht.

Mrs Everett asked if there were ever any male entertainers that performed, to which she was told only on certain nights.

“I would feel bored and besides I’m happily married.” she said.

Mr Specht confirmed that he was too.

Mrs Everett however told the meeting that she did not think Leicester should have any strip clubs in the modern age.

The city council policy currently limits the number of these venues to five, though there are only three to exist, but Mrs Everett is hoping to convince the council to change that number to zero.

Strip clubs Spearmint Rhino and Platinum Lace are hoping to extend their licenses and she said she believes both applications should be refused by councillors.

Mrs Everett argued that the "entertainers" who work at the strip club are self-employed so don't enjoy the same rights to sick pay and holiday.

Robert Sutherland, representing Spearmint Rhino said: “The objector is confusing public sector equality duty with a political agenda.

“She has sought to say the employment is somehow second rate and people can do better. That is her opinion.

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“People involved in this industry do the job because they enjoy it or they need to do it for the money, they have mouths to feed.

“They are no different to anyone else. This is lawful activity and these individuals should be able to do the work they choose to do.”

The councillors are currently debating whether to grant renewed licences to both Platinum Lace and Spearmint Rhino.

The decisions are due to be made within the next five working days.

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