Stripper Sues Club After Losing Thumb During Pole Dancing Contest [Details]

Rucuss staffFebruary 14, 2013

Gyrating is not the only skill needed to win the grand prize in a stripper contest.

Props are a must-have as well. Strippers used footballs, hula hoops, poles and swords during their routines in an effort to win a $10,000 cash prize in the 9th Annual Delilah’s Diamond G-String competition in 2011.

But dancer Sarah Berry was unsuccessful in her efforts when she used a “half moon aerial apparatus.” Berry never got a chance to grace the stage during the actual contest. She amputated her thumb while rehearing before the July 20, 2011 contest, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Common Pleas Court. reports:

Berry, 35, of Roxborough, claims that Delilah’s, the competition’s host and creator, failed to ensure that the apparatus was properly designed, built, inspected and tested, and didn’t warn users of its dangers, the lawsuit says. She’s seeking more than $50,000 in damages for “pain and suffering, disfigurement, humiliation and embarrassment.”

The digit disaster happened July 18, 2011, at the club on Spring Garden Street near Front, when a sharp edge on the apparatus – a crescent-shaped metal bar suspended from the ceiling – severed her thumb and she fell to the ground, according to her attorney, James D. Golkow.

“The show must go on, so they had the show without her, because she had amputated her thumb by then,” Golkow said.

Berry’s injury required surgery, but Golkow didn’t know details. Berry couldn’t be reached.

Berry, who now works as a photographer, wasn’t a professional exotic dancer but entered the contest at a friend’s invitation, Golkow said.

“My client actually studied in school to train on this sort of aerial apparatus, with hopes of performing in Broadway shows and circus acts,” Golkow said.


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