A video shows the women refused entry to the Manko restaurant and nightclub in Paris.
A doorman working at an elite Parisian restaurant embroiled in a racism scandal said on Monday he was told to refuse entry to non-white customers.
The Manko restaurant and nightclub on exclusive Avenue Montaigne, a short walk from the Champs-Élysées, is under investigation after a video showing black women turned away was released.
The Peruvian-themed venue denies having a racist policy and has apologized to three shocked women who filmed their experience on July 16 and posted it on TikTok.
“They immediately told me ‘you shouldn’t let in a lot of Africans. You shouldn’t let in a lot of people from the Maghreb (North Africa),'” the doorman, seen in the clip, said on Monday. BFM television.
Named Damien by the channel, the bouncer was removed from his post after the TikTok clip went viral, but he said the guidelines came from “managers” and he was simply following “establishment policy”.
The women in the video are turned down on the grounds that they are not in “evening attire” – even though they are wearing dresses and heels. “But we’re in evening dress! Just kidding…what should I have been wearing?” One can be heard saying, adding that it was his “first experience of racism”.
Other blacks can be seen turned away, while white guests are allowed in.
Damien, who worked for a private security company, said he was told to find excuses to refuse entry to non-white customers.
French justice opened an investigation on Friday into a possible case of racial discrimination.
“When I found out about this I was furious because like everyone else I saw this footage and I was like ‘what the hell is going on?'” manager Tony Gomez told BFM last week.
France Media Agency