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Woman banned after complaining of pool party groping on Las Vegas Strip

Posted at 10:50 AM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 15:50:25-04

A San Francisco woman is claiming that after she was groped at a pool party on the Las Vegas Strip, she was slapped into handcuffs and ultimately banned from the property.

Laura Nichol was visiting Las Vegas when she went to a XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club pool party on Las Vegas Boulevard.

According to Nichol's Facebook post, she was actually groped "numerous" times by different males at the party while she floated in the pool.

Eventually, she got into a fight with one man who had groped various body parts, including her vagina.

The fight attracted security and she and the alleged groper were separated.

It is what happened next that has upset Nichol even more than the groping.

Nichol alleges that she was put into handcuffs by security and escorted to a private room to be interviewed. After about an hour of waiting, police officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrived on scene.

Nichol describes how she was relieved to see LVMPD in the beginning, but that soon changed.

Nichol alleges that the police officers tried to talk her out of pressing charges against the man who groped her and made sexist comments to her. When she complained, she was then told she was being confrontational.

Eventually, a security guard informed Nichol that she was banned for life from Wynn and Encore properties and was escorted out of the building.

Billboard magazine reached out to the property and was sent the following statement:

“We would not want any guest to have the experience that has been reported. We take safety and security very seriously and act immediately when any assault is reported. In this case, both guests were actively involved in a physical altercation in a pool when our security reached them. As with any act of violence between two people in the club, they were separated, restrained and interviewed. Upon hearing the two conflicting reports, we contacted Las Vegas Metro Police to take action they believe appropriate. Clearly, investigation and prosecution of an assault rests with law enforcement and the courts. We have reached out to the female guest to offer whatever assistance we can.”

Billboard also contacted LVMPD who said it was looking into the allegations, but would not comment further due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

As of Monday morning, Nichol's Facebook post has been shared almost 7,000 times and received dozens of comments.

Two days after the original post, Nichol posted again on Facebook, thanking everyone for their support. She ended that status update by saying: "Rest assured that I will not be letting this go until something is DONE."