German man jailed for filming women peeing at Roskilde Festival

A 49-year-old German man was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Wednesday for having secretly filmed as many as 60 female Roskilde Festival guests as they urinated, Danish news agency Ritzau reported.

German man jailed for filming women peeing at Roskilde Festival
Roskilde Festival file photo: Bobby Anwar
The man filmed the unsuspecting women via a hidden camera inside a beer can. 
“The accused was fully aware that the women had not agreed to the recordings in that the recordings where made with a camera that was elaborately built in to a beer can and the films were of high quality,” Judge Tove Horsager said according to Ritzau. 
The man’s defence lawyer unsuccessfully argued that the women had essentially given up their right to privacy by urinating in public, saying that in some cases the women relieved themselves “relatively close to” the defendant and that some of them “even sat there and smiled” at his client. 
The German man claimed that he did not know that what he was doing was illegal. 
“I didn’t know that it was wrong because the guy who gave me the can said that it wasn’t a problem,” he said in court.
Prosecutor Anne Oxbøll maintained that the man’s violation was particularly troublesome in that he was paid to make the recordings by someone else. 
“It is an aggravating circumstance when you record things for payment from another man without knowing if they are going to be distributed online,” she said.
Recordings of women urinating at Denmark's Roskilde Festival, one of the largest music festivals in all of Europe, often end up on pornography and fetish websites. 


Berlin’s KitKat fetish nightclub to become Covid-19 testing centre

Berlin's legendary KitKat fetish nightclub will reopen to the public on Friday, but visitors might be disappointed to discover that the only latex on show will be medical gloves.

Berlin's KitKat fetish nightclub to become Covid-19 testing centre
The KitKat Club premises in Berlin. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Gobbler

Closed for the past eight months because of coronavirus restrictions, the nightclub is to be transformed into a Covid-19 testing centre.

“Since it is practically impossible to get a rapid test in Berlin at the moment, we will be offering this possibility at the club from Friday,” the management announced on its Facebook page on Monday.

Located in the heart of Berlin, KitKat is famous for its sexually uninhibited club nights, with punters often dressed in latex, leather or indeed nothing at all.

The tests will be carried out by a doctor and “trained personnel”, the club said, and results ready within 25 minutes.

“Be wild and come naked! (Please don't. Would be funny, but would probably lead to reports of suspected parties),” said the club, a pillar of Berlin nightlife since it was opened by an Austrian in 1994.

Punters can register online for the swab tests, which will be conducted from Wednesday to Sunday.

A test costs €24.90 ($30) and if the result is positive, the infected person should immediately quarantine and contact their doctor, the club said.

The move caused a stir on social media, with people joking about how long the queues – which were a regular feature when the club was open – will be for tests.

Nightlife hit by pandemic

Clubs and bars across Germany, especially in Berlin, are reeling from months of closure due to coronavirus restrictions.

Despite financial support from the city, short-time working and crowdfunding campaigns, many are fighting for survival.

The famous Berghain club has been keeping the spirit of Berlin nightlife alive by offering an exhibition of work by local contemporary artists.

However, even exhibitions and galleries have had to close, along with restaurants, bars, cafes and leisure facilities, throughout November and until at least December 20th.

Berlin's reputation as the capital of German nightlife and techno music attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year.

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