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Paris Gay Club Denies Physically Removing 'Drag Race' Champ Violet Chachki

Wednesday Oct 4, 2017
Violet Chachki
Violet Chachki  (Source:Instagram /@violetchachki)

Officials from a paris gay club are responding to accusations that "RuPaul's Drag Race" winner Violet Chachki was physically removed from club for "not being masc presenting enough."

Over the weekend, the Season 7 champ took to Twitter and said she was "physically dragged" out of the Le Depot club in Paris for "not being masc presenting enough."

"I'm in shock and disgusted. Fuck the French," she wrote, adding a middle finger emoji.


Chachki also posted a Periscope video to her Facebook after being removed from the club. In the clip, which now appears to be deleted, the performer was seen arguing with Le Depot's staff over being booted.

Chachki later spoke with Hornet about the incident.

It was a fashion week party. At a club that has dark rooms downstairs for sex. I was there seeing 3 friends that were performing/dj. I wasn't in drag but I had makeup on. I met someone there who also had makeup on but was obviously male bodied but very feminine. We tried to go downstairs to the sexy part when like 4 guys picked us up and dragged us out of the club.

The "Drag Race" star tweeted Monday she was "over it."


Since news of the incident spread, outraged fans and supporters flooded Le Depot's Facebook page, writing negative reviews and leaving comments, Instinct points out. Officials from the club have finally responded to the incident, claiming Chachki was removed from the club for "unacceptable and inappropriate behavior and several reports of clients."

Le Dépôt has been a gay club for 19 years. It is a true institution of the Parisian nightlife that respects all the LGBTQ communities and in particular every gay individual, whether they chose to express their personality in a masculine, feminine or androgynous way. The club is a place where all the sexualities are respected.

Violet Chachki was indeed expelled from the club at 4:00 am following an unacceptable and inappropriate behavior inside the club with the other clients. Violet Chachki posted videos of the Cruising Sex space of Le Dépôt on her Instagram account when this is explicitly forbidden by the internal rules and regulations as she was reminded several times. She also tried to go downstairs with female clients when the space is just for male clients.

There never was any judgement about Chachki's gender, looks, color of skin or overall appearance. He was welcomed inside without any discrimation just like all the other clients.

He wasn't denied the access at the entrance; there was neither transphobia nor any discrimination towards him/her, just enforcement of the rules and regulations of the club.

Furthermore, Violet was very aggressive with the security staff, who stayed polite despite the insults, as you can see on the video. His excessive behavior disturbed the event.

Read Le Depot's statement in full below.


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