Atlanta nightclub faces backlash over alleged sexual assault that was streamed on Facebook Live

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An Atlanta nightclub is facing backlash over a Facebook Live video which reportedly shows a woman being sexually assaulted on the club’s dance floor.

Demonstrators gathered outside Opera Atlanta on Wednesday after videos showing the alleged assault began circulating on social media last weekend. It marked the second day of protests, according to CBS Atlanta. DJ Zedd also announced on Twitter that he will no longer be performing an upcoming show at the club.

Police began investigating after receiving calls early Sunday morning about “a Facebook Live video that appears to show a woman being sexually assaulted,” a spokesperson for the department said in a statement. Both the man and the woman in the video have been identified and contacted by police. 

In a series of videos, a woman is seen dancing with a man before the alleged assault, WXIA-TV reported. She can be heard saying “somebody help me,” according to the station, and crying as she continued to live stream.

Although the original video has been taken down, it was shared hundreds of times and several versions of it still exist, according to WXIA-TV. Some people are sharing screen shots and attempting to identify the man in the video, the station said.

Opera Atlanta released a statement saying they are cooperating with police and directed any questions to Atlanta police.

“We will continue to aid and support their investigation in any way we can,” the statement read.

Authorities said the woman is no longer in Georgia but is cooperating with police.

She has also hired high-profile attorney Chris Stewart, who recently represented a woman who won a $1 billion verdict against a security company after an apartment complex guard was convicted of raping her when she was 14, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

“How is somebody sexually assaulted in a club right in front of anyone? Security will kick you out if you’re too drunk,” Stewart told the newspaper on Wednesday. “How did security not walk up to her and not check on her?”

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Atlanta nightclub faces backlash over alleged sexual assault that was streamed on Facebook Live