CLEVELAND — A woman was seriously injured after a bizarre incident inside a local strip club early Wednesday morning.
It happened at Christie’s Cabaret in The Flats, just after 1 a.m.
According to police, 22-year-old Lauren Block, of Richmond Heights, was reportedly on the second floor of the club when she went over the balcony and landed on her head.
Police said they were first told the woman had been thrown over the balcony, but once they arrived, they realized it was an accident.
According to a report from Cleveland police, a witness said he was getting a lap dance from Block on the second floor of the club when something went terribly wrong.
The reporting officer said this of the incident: “(The witness) stated that (the dancer) grabbed the rail, as he was facing away from the balcony, and she tried to complete some sort of jump/dance move, and accidentally went head first over the rail.”
Block reportedly fell 15 feet and suffered “major head trauma.”
She was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition.
Police said there is no further investigation on their side, because it appears to have been a horrible accident.
However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating.
Block recently worked at the Tilted Kilt in downtown Cleveland.
"She was always in a good mood every time I saw her," Ashley Roach worked with Block and said, she too, once worked at Christie's.
She's baffled as to how her friend could have fallen over the railing.
"It's mind boggling, honestly. You hear about girls falling off the pole because they didn't grab hard enough. Like, those are just common things. But not over a railing," Roach said.
"I hope for the best. I hope she pulls through and I hope everything is ok," she said.