Jesus rubbishes mum's sex claim

PUBLISHED: 13:30 21 January 2011

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A STRIP joint boss who hit headlines last year after underage girls were caught dancing at his club has rubbished claims that former dancers had sex with clients.

Manager of Weston club The Shadow Lounge, Jesus Rodriguez-Casas, said rumours are always rife within the industry about the conduct at other clubs and are often used as a marketing ploy.

The Mercury followed up the claim after a mum-of-two and ex-dancer said that former lap-dancers at the club were sleeping with clients and giving other dancers a bad name.

After insisting our Mercury reporter took a tour of the Regent Street venue to show the high level of video security in each booth, the refusals register and employee log book, Jesus said that there is ‘no way’ that this could happen on the premises and insisted none of the dancers would ever consider meeting customers for sex after work.

The father-of-seven said that after last year’s revelations and police investigation over two 14 year olds who used fake identification to get into the club and dance, he has clamped down on all rules.

As a result of the scandal the 36-year-old said his children had to change school and have counselling, one daughter was stabbed and one Weston based kid’s attraction even banned his children from visiting.

Since the club reopened after a 12-week closure last year, enforced as punishment by North Somerset Council, the club has all new staff including security, dancers and the other manager left.

Jesus said: “Any suggestions of former dancers sleeping with clients are completely false and we have had no trouble at all since we re-opened.

“My family suffered so much as a result of the hype and lies that were told in national newspapers that I have become so paranoid that I make sure the rules are even tougher than necessary. The club will never be put in such a position again.

“We have CCTV cameras all over the venue and there isn’t even an erase button on the system. We want to put the past behind us and look forward to a good 2011.”

Weston town centre Sergeant Pete Land said: “I can confirm that we have had no reports of any incidents or complaints from members of the public in relation to The Shadow Lounge establishment.

“We work closely with many licensed premises in the town to ensure that the venue is a safe environment not only for its customers but also the staff that are employed there.

“I am confident that this is just a rumour and that there are no grounds to suspect anything untoward taking place”.

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