Stripper falls 15 ft at Christie's Cabaret in Cleveland's Flats District; condition critical

CLEVELAND - A stripper was taken to the hospital after a fall from a balcony at a Cleveland strip club located in The Flats early Wednesday morning.

The incident happened at about 12:40 a.m. at Christie's Cabaret on Main Avenue.

According to a report from Cleveland police, a witness told police he was on the second floor getting a lap dance from the victim, a 22-year-old woman.

"He stated that she grabbed the rail, as he was facing away from the balcony, and she tried to complete some sort of dance jump/dance move, and accidentally went head first over the rail," stated the officer in the report.

Cleveland EMS said the fall was about 15 feet.

The victim was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where the hospital said she remains in critical condition. The police report said she received "major head trauma."

Police said two men who witnessed the incident fled the bar as soon as it happened.

Another man who was in the club at the time told Scripps station WEWS that he didn't see it happen, but said the victim wasn't moving after the fall and her face was covered in blood. He said he also saw two men leave as soon as it happened.

Police said they are not treating this as a criminal case. The report said the video surveillance inside the club was inconclusive.

Police are not releasing the victim's name, pending notification of her family.

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