A couple who claim they were ejected from a bar for kissing have withdrawn their human rights complaint.
Rebekah Galbraith, 22, told The Dominion Post she and her girlfriend Jennie Leadbeater, 21, decided “not to take any further action” with the Human Rights Commission.
The pair had earlier said they were told to leave the Courtenay Place bar about 2.50am on Sunday after they kissed on the lips.
“My girlfriend and I didn’t expect this to get as big as it has.”
The public pressure had been “incredibly overwhelming”, Miss Galbraith said.
“I’m withdrawing my complaint because the publicity that this has received is something that I did not ever consider or anticipate.”
CCTV footage viewed by The Dominion Post showed they were being affectionate before being asked to leave.
Public owner Gina Mills allowed The Dominion Post to view CCTV footage of the couple’s movements early on Sunday morning. Mills had earlier said no CCTV footage existed.
The footage showed Jennie Leadbeater, 21, buying a glass of wine at 2.31am, before being approached by a young man.
The two chatted for a minute before Rebekah Galbraith, 22, approached and put her arm around Ms Leadbeater and kissed her on the cheek.
A doorman is seen walking through the area twice while the couple is at the bar, and does not stop or look closely at Leadbeater or Galbraith.
The couple remained at the bar kissing each other affectionately and hugging, before moving to a corner of the bar out of view of security cameras.
At 2.55am a doorman approached the couple in the corner and asked them to leave, with the pair exiting the bar quickly.Galbraith is seen questioning the doorman on the street, then Leadbeater goes back into the bar to retrieve a cardigan she left behind.
Mills maintains the pair were behaving in an inappropriate manner in the corner of the bar, and said any couple acting in such a way would also be asked to tone down their behaviour.
“I think we had nothing to be vindicated for because we were telling the truth from the beginning. We didn’t tell anyone to leave for simply having a kiss.”
When Galbraith was asked if she stood by her earlier claims now that the bar had reviewed CCTV footage she replied, “I stand by the support from everyone who stood by us during the last 48 hours but I won’t be taking further action.”
She would not comment further.
Mills said the last few days had been extremely stressful as the bar was “put through the wringer” for claims that were “baseless”.