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Dancer Says Club Failed to Prevent Shooting

(CN) - A Miami strip club failed to protect an exotic dancer who was shot multiple times after the a bouncer at the nightspot got it an altercation with an armed and unruly patron, a state lawsuit claims.

In a complaint filed in the Miami-Dade County circuit court, Courtney Olson says she was dancing at The Office Gentleman's Club in the early morning hours of December 12, 2012, when an altercation occurred between a rowdy patron and the club's bouncers.

The incident ended with the patron firing a gun into the air as he drove away from the club.

Sometime later, Olson says, the patron returned and opened fire on the club from the parking lot. The dancer says she was in her car and about to leave the parking lot when she shot several times by the gunman, with at least one of the bullets striking her in the face.

Olson says the defendants, which include the club and its owners, had a duty to take reasonable steps to protect its employees and patrons from harm, and that as a result of its failing to do so, she required "surgical intervention" to survive her injuries.

She seeks unspecified damages on multiple claims of negligence and vicarious liability.

Olson is represented by Robert Parks of Miami, Fla.

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