Lidia Thorpe banned from Melbourne strip club for life after 3am fracas

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Independent senator Lidia Thorpe has been banned for life from a strip club in Melbourne’s inner north after she was filmed yelling profanities at a group of men outside the venue in the early hours of Sunday morning.

In footage obtained by 7News, Thorpe can be seen berating the men assembled on the pavement outside Maxine’s Gentleman’s Club in Brunswick at 3am on Sunday.

Senator Lidia Thorpe in vision captured on Sydney Road in Brunswick on Sunday morning.Credit: Seven News

During the disturbance, which was filmed on a mobile phone, the senator points to each of the men and launches into a tirade laden with profanities, telling one he is a “marked” man.

The patrons can be heard on the vision calling her a “racist dog” and asking how Thorpe was elected to parliament.

The senator said in a statement that the men singled her out and provoked her, taking issue with her stance on Indigenous affairs.

Maxine’s general manager, David Ross, confirmed to The Age and Sydney Morning Herald he had contacted Thorpe’s office on Monday and informed her of the life ban from the premises.

He said the senator had spent a few hours in the venue with a small group of friends, who were there for a 50th birthday party.

Staff at the club reported to Ross that Thorpe approached a number of men she believed were of Anglo-Saxon ancestry in the venue and told them they had “stolen her land”, but her behaviour did not warrant her being removed from the premises.

“Security deemed her not to be that much of a threat … But it was when she got outside and the two parties came together that she became a bit boisterous,” Ross said.

“We can’t have that sort of thing here, because we do pride ourselves on being harmonious melting pot of the local community.”

Maxine’s strip club in Brunswick in Melbourne’s north.

In a letter sent to Thorpe’s office on Monday, Ross said that after reviewing security footage and speaking with staff members, the senator was “no longer welcome” at the club.

“Please do not attempt to enter the venue in future, as being refused entry may cause further embarrassment,” the letter to Thorpe said.

The Age and Sydney Morning Herald have contacted Thorpe’s office for comment.

Victoria Police said they were not called to Maxine’s after the disturbance on Sunday.

The senator defected from the Greens in February after a long-running dispute over the Voice to parliament referendum.

Thorpe claims she quit the Greens because she was bullied and undermined by several of her party room colleagues, telling this masthead that she lodged a written complaint about her treatment with leader Adam Bandt and the parliament’s workplace misconduct support service last year.

In late March, Thorpe was tackled by an Australian Federal Police officer while trying to confront attendees of an anti-trans rally outside Parliament House in Canberra.

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