A bar in New Jersey has been temporarily shut down and may lose its liquor license after video emerged showing multiple women being showered in champagne at the establishment while at least two had lewd sex acts performed on them.
The video was taken at the Hub Hoboken on Saturday night and posted in part to the Instagram story of Kirill Bichutsky, on his account under the username ‘@slutwhisperer.’
Mayor Ravi Bhalla called the display an ‘affront to human decency’ and a ‘horrific objectification of women,’ NJ.com reported.
The Hub issued an apology on Wednesday over social media, the same day it was closed by the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) board.
License holder Teak On The Hudson LLC will have an opportunity to be heard by the ABC board at its meeting on October 25 before the revocation is finalized.
In the meantime, the bar will remain closed, and a criminal investigation is underway.
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Bhalla said that he will use his powers “to make sure it never happens in our city again,’ in a statement
He added: ‘This is not what Hoboken is about, it is not what the people of Hoboken deserve, and I simply will not allow it to happen again under my watch.’
The video, only part of which is shown here, included multiple women laying on the bar at the Hub, being doused in champagne.
One woman laid on her back, topless, while being sprayed with a bottle of the sparkling beverage.
New Jersey’s The Hub in Hoboken has been temporarily closed following the posting of video on social media of lewd sex acts being performed by patrons; A woman is shown here laying on her back on top of the bar, topless, while she is showered in champagne
Another woman was on all fours while her backside was sprayed with champagne, and the bottle was rubbed on the exterior of her body, without penetrating her.
At the conclusion of this clip, club promoter Kirill brings the camera to his own face, with his eyes wide.
Additional footage shows another woman situated on all fours on the bar while a man has placed his face in her backside.
In another video clip that is too graphic to include here, a woman laid on her back while she was vaginally penetrated, digitally, by a man.
One woman was on all fours while her backside was sprayed with champagne, and the bottle was rubbed on the exterior of her body, without penetrating her
The video was taken at the Hub Hoboken on Saturday night and posted in part to the Instagram story of Kirill Bichutsky (pictured), on his account under the username ‘@slutwhisperer’
After the videos were posted publicly, the ABC board temporarily closed the Hub for business, citing the liquor license holder with 15 offenses, including multiple counts of allowing assault and lewd activity within the establishment.
The Hub responded with the following public statement on Wednesday, addressed to its loyal customers and guests:
‘On behalf of management, ownership, staff and all involved in our business, we would like to extend a sincere apology for the deplorable and unfortunate incident that took place on the evening of Saturday, September 8th. The actions of the individuals are by no means behavior we allow, permit nor promote. The individuals involved were escorted out by management and security.
‘We have allocated all of our resources and administrative personnel to this matter, in an effort to comply with the Hoboken PD and NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Further, we are taking all necessary measures to prevent anything of this nature from occurring again.’
The Hub responded to its temporary closure with an apology on Wednesday, over social media
Police officers were standing guard outside the Hub’s doors, blocking entry, on Wednesday.
‘I saw videos of activity that I never could imagine would occur anywhere, especially in a business open to the public,’ Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante said in a statement on Thursday, confirming a criminal investigation into the incident was underway.
‘To state that this conduct will not be tolerated… is a major understatement. Any other bar owner that thinks they can allow or promote this type of activity in the city of Hoboken will face charges which could lead to a revocation of their license and severe penalties.’
The Hub is located across the street from the Hoboken train terminal.
Police officers were standing guard outside the Hub’s doors, blocking entry, on Wednesday