Drag queen slams Hive nightclub after revellers threaten to rip his wig off

Drag queen says nightclub's staff refused to help him

Thursday, 26th December 2019, 2:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th December 2019, 3:09 pm
The incident was reported to police on 20 December. Picture: Google Street View

A drag queen has blasted popular Capital nightclub The Hive after club-goers threatened to rip off assault him and rip off his wig.

Robbie Allan was out with friends at the Niddry Street venue when two strangers subjected him to vile verbal abuse.

Mr Allan, 24, had been attending an event with a RuPaul Drag Queen, The Scottish Sun reports, and was dressed for the occasion.

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He was outside smoking a cigarette when two male aggressors intimated that they would rip he and his friend's wigs off and beat them up.

"There were these two gentleman next to me standing discussing how they were gonna rip my wig off," explained Robbie.

"When my friend came round they started discussing how they were gonna do that to both of us. Which was not only humiliating, but at the same time the stuff is secured down, if they had ripped it off it would have taken my skin off with it. It would have caused me some injury.

"I turned around to the gentleman to ask him if he had a problem, they just became very aggressive saying they were gonna rip me up and down the street."

Robbie has blasted Hive door staff for their failure to properly deal with the incident, which was reported to police on 20 December, and says they refused to help him.

He added: "When I walked over to the door staff after to report what happened, I was really shaken up and scared at this point, they told me I would have to call the police because it wasn’t on their premise, and that none of them had seen it.

"They let the gentlemen back in, and left me standing out in the street for 50 minutes, refusing to help me. The police never came. I obviously felt very vulnerable.

"It was really scary. As a LGBTQ person I wouldn’t want that to happen to anyone else."

A spokesperson for The Hive has defended the club's staff over their handling of the situation and said police had failed to respond.

They said: "Robbie approached our security team and informed them that someone had been verbally abusive.

"This had not been witnessed or heard by any members of staff, however the security team were prepared to question the person accused to discover what had transpired before taking further action.

"At this point, Robbie informed them that he had already contacted the police as it was a police matter.

"With this in mind, the staff members decided that it would be best not to interject and allow the accused re-entry (under surveillance) so that they would still be at the venue for questioning when the police arrived, rather than refusing them entry and having them leave and the police unable to take any action.

"Ultimately, the police failed to arrive and did not deal with the situation at all."

The spokesperson added: "We take the safety of our customers and staff extremely seriously at The Hive Nightclub & Venue.

"Various measures are employed including extensive CCTV throughout the venue, Security members in every room as well as a space for first aid and for people in vulnerable conditions to rest and recover, if required.

"We pride ourselves on having one of the lowest levels of incidents in the city."

A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed enquiries into the incident are ongoing.