A Royale employee's apparent indiscretion in dealing with a woman who really, really wanted to get back into a concert there on Jan. 18 earned the Theater District club a trip to the Boston Licensing Board to explain itself this morning.
Police say the woman, attending an 18+ show that night, told officers she was being escorted out of the club on Tremont Street for being too rowdy when a doorman suggested that if she "performed oral sex on him," he'd slip her back in.
The employee insisted to police no such offer had been made, let alone fulfilled, but police Lt. Stephen Meade today gave the licensing board photos from the nearby Marriott showing the employee and the woman entering the men's room there - and spending four minutes inside, along with an unidentified second man. "They then leave from the men's room and walk in the direction of Royale," Meade said.
A District A-1 sergeant and officer told the board their investigation - which included a detective from the sexual-assault unit - showed no force or coercion, that the woman freely told them she agreed to blow the guy in exchange for readmission. They added she appeared "very intoxicated," but that she repeatedly declined their offers to file an assault complaint or get her medical attention.
Unfortunately for the woman and the worker, manager Brig Dauber met them in the lobby and wouldn't let her go back inside.
Dauber testified that when he refused to let her back in, she got irate and said she was owed readmission because of the oral service she'd just provided the worker. "You need to let me in the concert right now," he recalled her telling him. Dauber said that several of her friends joined in and began demanding she be let back in. Dauber, however, said he held his ground and called 911 as soon as the woman began talking about the trip to the Marriott men's room.
Dauber said the worker, who did not attend the hearing, left Royale's employ of his own accord not long after the incident.
The board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take.