This is the shocking moment a man grabbed a fellow New Year’s Eve reveller by her hair before repeatedly punching her and throwing her to the ground.
The man threw at least seven punches in five seconds outside Lotus nightclub in Clapham, South West London, overnight as a security guard tried to intervene.
The victim, youth justice student Krystal Mission, 21, told MailOnline she felt pain ‘everywhere’ after the attack and it sounded like the man was ‘enjoying it’.
The attack happened shortly before 4am today, four hours after a woman allegedly pushed one of Miss Mission’s friends in the queue to get in around midnight.
Miss Mission and her friends believe the women knew the man and encouraged him to launch the attack. Scotland Yard detectives have not yet made any arrests.
The incident happened outside the club, which had last night hosted an event called ‘Galaxy Gala 2019 – New Year’s Eve at Lotus’, with tickets costing up to £40.
Miss Mission told MailOnline: ‘My leg is scraped up, I think that’s when I was being dragged on the floor. Both my arms are swollen from the punches.
‘The side of my face is swollen. I just feel pain everywhere. To be honest I’m just putting everything together at the moment, I was all a bit of blur.
‘I just got caught off guard – I wasn’t expecting the guy to hit me. He attacked me out of the blue before the video. I don’t even know what happened.
‘I couldn’t watch it until a little while ago, because he was making sound effects in the video – it sounded like he was enjoying it.
‘Now I’ve watched it, I can’t believe it’s actually me. A lot of people have started to say they recognise the person. We think we have a name to go to the police with.’
She added: ‘I don’t think I’m going to go out any more. I just keep thinking about it. It’s probably going to take a while for me to get over this.’
Her friend Tanya Matangaidze posted a video of the attack online in the early hours and said she was ‘in shock’ – describing the man as a ‘coward’ for running off.
Miss Matangaidze, a dancer from Zimbabwe who uses the Twitter name ‘Flower You Got To Protect’, posted about the attack in a series of tweets after 5.30am today.
She wrote: ‘Guys this guy attacked my friend outside Lotus today. Please retweet, this needs to be seen. He is such a coward. See how he ran away after.
‘I couldn’t record it obviously, but he attacked me too and punched me in the face when I tried to pull him off my friend so every retweet to identify him is vital.
‘Honestly, I’m in shock. She didn’t touch him. We don’t know him. He literally came out of nowhere. Such a coward, honestly
‘People can be so mad, honestly. I don’t know how many times we have to say, she didn’t do anything to him. He literally came out of nowhere.’
Miss Matangaidze added that ‘nothing justifies him attacking a female like that’, and said he had ‘already dragged her across the road’ when she started filming.
Another of the victim’s friends, Steph Dixon, tweeted: ‘Everyone, please watch this as this was my friend last and was horrible to witness, people are disgusting.
‘Please retweet because this guy needs to be arrested as he not only injured her but also another one of my friends. He has left my friend scared and bruised.
‘Find him. This attack was unprovoked. There was a group of girls being rude to us so we tried to leave the scene and order an Uber.
‘But whilst we were waiting, the guy in the video came out of nowhere and proceeded to drag and punch my friend.
‘We think that the girls knew the boy, hyped up the situation where he then attacked my friend. Disgusting.
‘We hadn’t seen him prior to the incident all night and was trying to leave because of what happened with the girls.
‘Whether provoked or unprovoked, this is never acceptable. The club will have CCTV footage anyway which will prove that.’
A Scotland Yard spokesman told MailOnline today: ‘Police were called to Clapham High Street, SW4 at 4am following reports of an assault.
‘Officers attended and spoke to a woman who explained that she had been assaulted by a man outside a nightclub.
‘A description of the male suspect was taken as part of a common assault crime report.
‘No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue. The victim refused medical treatment at the scene.’
Lotus nightclub has been contacted for comment today.