Monday 16 July 2018

Pictured: Male stripper who 'couldn't lift child after crash' shown dancing

Mr Zeps, aka ‘Blade’, performing on stage in 2015. Photos: Collins
Mr Zeps, aka ‘Blade’, performing on stage in 2015. Photos: Collins

Laura Lynott

A male stripper who claimed he couldn't lift his children after being injured in a car crash has lost a damages claim for up to €40,000 after a court was shown footage of him performing on stage.

Nauris Zeps (32), with the stage name 'Blade', claimed he had suffered back pain since a collision on July 20, 2014, at a roundabout.

But solicitors acting for Liberty Insurance unearthed Facebook footage of Mr Zeps, a student originally from Latvia, showing him cavorting around a stage taking his clothes off.

The Circuit Civil Court also heard Mr Zeps, with an address at Phibblestown House, Clonsilla, Dublin, featured in a calendar as Mr September. Videos and photos, submitted by lawyer for Liberty Insurance David Culleton, were shown of the father-of-two stripping as part of the Chain Gang group.

Judge Mary O'Malley Costello said: "Mr Zeps told the court in broad terms he has a moderate soft tissue injury and with substantial recovery he has ongoing injuries three years after the accident, such as preventing him lifting a small child. In evidence it became clear he conducted his business of being a dancer and did it monthly, if not more."

Mr Zeps had claimed on the day of the crash he had been driving on the Naul Road, near Dublin Airport, when a car drove into him.

Nauris Zeps leaving the Four Courts yesterday. Picture: Collins
Nauris Zeps leaving the Four Courts yesterday. Picture: Collins

But he claimed several versions of the incident - which Judge O'Malley said showed dishonesty and struck the case out.

A spokesman for Liberty Insurance said: "It's positive to see judgments being made in instances where there are questionable circumstances."

Irish Independent

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