Payment for Martha Tsamis, owner of an LGBTQI nightclub, following a police raid

Victoria Police have reached a confidential financial settlement with the owner of an LGBTQI nightclub in South Yarra after an investigation into a reported sexual assault forced the closure of a bondage-themed event.

More than a dozen officers, including detectives from the Port Phillip Criminal Investigation Unit, entered Chasers nightclub on the morning of April 16 after claiming a transgender patron had been attacked in a cabin toilets on the first floor.

Martha Tsamis (center), owner of Chasers nightclub, with customers at the Thick and Juicy event.

Police decided to shut down an event called Thick and Juicy and evacuated more than 400 patrons from the Chapel Street venue around 4am.

About 40 minutes later, the police reversed their decision, but most of the crowd had already gone home. No charges have been laid for the reported sexual assault.

It remains unclear whether the police had the power to shut down the club and order patrons to leave, but the force recently agreed to a confidential settlement with Chasers nightclub owner Martha Tsamis.

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A Victoria Police spokeswoman declined to comment.

Tsamis also declined to discuss the settlement when contacted by agebut this is the third time she has received payments from Victoria Police in the past three years.

In 2019, Tsamis was awarded $90,000 in damages by a Supreme Court judge, who found she had been defamed by then-Police Superintendent Brett Guerin in comments he made. made in sun herald about his CBD Inflation nightclub.

Jerry C. Greiner