Nightclub owner apologises for drink spiking response

Picture: Rapture Nightclub/Google Maps.
Picture: Rapture Nightclub/Google Maps.

THE owner of Rapture Nightclub has released a statement to apologise for his highly-contentious response to a drink spiking claim.

A 19-year-old woman, who visited the Northbridge business on Saturday, messaged the nightclub to notify she believed her drink was spiked and advised for better crowd control.

Nightclub owner Neil Scott’s response included “why would anyone want to spike your drink?”, “Are you worth someone trying to spoke your drink?” and “We think this is a beat up and we believe that no one would be stupid enough to waste their drugs on spiking anyone’s drink”.

His response attracted public backlash and extensive media coverage.

Picture: Rapture Nightclub/ Facebook.

Earlier today, Mr Scott posted an apology on Rapture Nightclub’s Facebook page.

“So when I received a complaint that not only had there been a drink spiked in my club and the person had been throwing up in the female toilets for two and a half hours, but that two of her friends had also been drink spiked recently at Rapture, I could not believe the story,” he posted on Facebook.

“None of my staff had heard of any such incidents, the Approved Manager had regularly inspected the toilets and not seen anyone sick and the Crowd Controllers knew nothing.

“I am sorry. I should have swallowed my disbelief and not let emotion rule my head.”

The 19-year-old has reported the incident to police and police said Perth detectives have met up with her.

Police said if you believe your drink has been spiked, stay with someone you trust and seek medical attention.

Further safety information can be found on the WA Police web page under Your Safety https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Your-Safety.