A woman is accused of sexually assaulting and beating a drag queen while on a night out in Bristol.
Clowting is also on trial for common assault as shortly after the alleged touching a fight broke out on the bar’s dancefloor during which Clowting is said to have thrown punches at the alleged victim.
Clowting, defended by Ms Sarah Regan, denies all the charges against her and has pleaded not guilty.
The alleged victim was the first to be called by the prosecution to give evidence at the trial today (September 16).
The court heard how on the night of Saturday, December 15 2018, the alleged victim who was dressed in drag along with his boyfriend, had got ready with friends and made their way to the club for around 11pm.
Just before midnight, the alleged victim said he emerged from the men’s toilets and felt the defendant touch him on the bottom.
Confronting the defendant, the alleged victim asked her why she had touched him, to which she replied: “Why can’t I touch you?”
The alleged victim’s boyfriend also confronted Clowting telling her it was not okay to touch his boyfriend after which they walked off.
The couple joined their friends on the dancefloor but, the alleged victim said he soon became aware of Clowting staring at him in an “unfriendly” way.
He made to go outside saying he wanted fresh air and was stopped by Clowting’s friend Lana Stancer when she said: “We’re supposed to be sisters, we’re supposed to stick together.”
A “catty” fight broke out and the alleged victim said all he could remember was being knocked to the ground and feeling the defendant on top of him.
However, he said he could not recall seeing the defendant before the fight broke out or during the fracas.
“I just remember feeling quite helpless,” he said.
“I believe she punched me in the face… I had scratches on my nose and face.
“There was just adrenalin and panic and I was in a bit of pain and my make-up was ruined but, I was more worried about my boyfriend.”
CCTV footage played to the jury shows the brawl taking place followed by Clowting and Stancer getting ejected from the club by security staff.
Pictures of the alleged victim’s facial injuries were also shown to the court.
“It was all over so quick,” the alleged victim added.
Taking the stand he described the effect the assaults have had on him as “very upsetting”.
Adding: “I’ve felt nervous to go out in drag in that area again. You should feel comfortable being in a queer space in drag.”
The alleged assaults took place in the pub on Frogmore Street, an area well known for its LGBT bars and community.
“The whole thing took me by surprise,” he added.
“As a drag queen you’re there to be looked at not touched, not by someone you don’t know.”
The trial continues.