Authorities in Georgia say they have identified a suspect allegedly seen sexually assaulting a woman inside Atlanta’s Opera nightclub overnight Saturday.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the alleged victim began recording the incident on her cellphone early Sunday morning. Reports indicate she was already live streaming
She reportedly told police she was at the club celebrating her birthday when someone spiked her drink and became sexually aggressive with her on the dance floor.
Atlanta police officer Jarius Daugherty issued a statement on Monday confirming investigators have located a person of interest and reached out to him.
In remarks to the Journal Constitution, he said the Facebook Live video “appears to show a woman being sexually assaulted in a local nightclub.”
The woman has since left the area but police say she remains cooperative as the investigation into her report continues. Authorities reportedly first learned of the video when a viewer contacted them to report the woman was potentially being raped in the club.
“No, stop!” she reportedly screamed at one point during the alleged attack.
According to a social media post she followed up with, the woman escaped the alleged assault without any major injuries, as reported by WHBQ.
The Opera nightclub released a statement acknowledging the report and confirming that it would “continue to aid and support” the Atlanta Police Department investigations during the investigation and has already “provided them with everything they have requested.
— Opera Atlanta (@Operaatlanta) January 21, 2019
Billboard reports that musical artist Zedd has canceled his planned performance at the club in the wake of the reports of an alleged sexual assault on the premises.
[Featured image: Opera Atlanta, video screenshot]