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University student 'refused club entry for being black’

2015-05-21 14:50:07

Kosi OrahACCESS DENIED: University student Kosi Orah

A university student's birthday celebrations took a sour turn after he and his group of friends were allegedly denied entry into a club for being black.

Kosi Orah, who studies at Leicester University, was celebrating his 19th birthday when he was denied entry into Ghost nightclub in the city centre on Sunday (May 17), according to The Sun>/i>.

The student said the experience was "sickening" and described it as "the kind of incident you heard about happening in parts of America in the 1960s.”

The newspaper published a video recorded by the student during the exchange between his friends and a security guard who appeared to tell the group that they are not being allowed in because they are black.

In the video, the bouncer says that it is not his decision to deny the group of friends entry and when the group quizzed him on whether the club's ‘rule’ was legal, he simply replies: “Sorry guys, that's it”.

The nightclub told the tabloid it has since apologised for the incident and has suspended the bouncer involved while it investigates.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Police told Mail Online: “We can confirm that the incident has been reported to Leicestershire Police, it's been recorded as a racist incident and enquiries are on-going into the report.

“Leicestershire Police takes reports of racism extremely seriously and would encourage anyone who has been a victim of such a crime to contact them.”

According to one member of the public the practice of not allowing black people into the club is common practice.

Twitter user @Pressdeej said: “@BBCLeicester this happens every single week at this club. I’ve experienced it more than once. Shut @ghostnightclub down.”

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THE RECORDED CONVERSATION

Student: 'Is it because we are black?'
Bouncer:  'That's what I am saying. I've got no problem with you guys.'
Student:  'So what you're saying is that Ghost won't let us in because we are black?'
Bouncer:  'If it was my club, I would let you in but it isn't... that's why I want to set you straight, lads.'
Student:  'There's four of us.'
Bouncer:  'Listen to me, listen to me. I've got no problem with you guys at all. But that is the rules of the club. That's it.'
Student:  'Those are club rules?'
Bouncer:  'I'm sorry about that lads, alright?'
Student:  'You're not letting black guys in?'
Bouncer:  'Sorry lads, that's it.'
Another person:  'They are allowed to let in whoever they want.'
Student:  'I've recorded this whole thing.'

 

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