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A dermatologist is suing Crunch Fitness over pole dancing injuries she sustained during one of their fitness pole dancing classes. According to the Gothamist, Sue Ann Wee has filed a lawsuit last week against the East Side Manhattan Crunch Fitness gym because she hurt her shoulders when she fell off the pole and hit the floor. The New York Daily News reports that the lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Ms. Wee claims that she suffered from "serious injuries" when she fell off the pole during a June 2009 class. Her lawyer Nicholas Warywoda said that the issue is not with the actual class, but with improper supervision during the class. He is quoted by the New York Daily News as saying, "The problem is not with these types of classes. The problem comes when you don't properly supervise the people in those classes."
Ms. Wee alleges that she was left hanging upside down with her legs in the air when she asked the class instructor for some help. Mr. Nicholas Warywoda told the New York Daily News: "It's a dangerous maneuver. But if you tell somebody to do it, you have to be ready to spot them." This was Ms. Wee's first time trying the class. She claims that she is an experienced ballroom and tap dancer and that she had tried the advance move at the class instructor's request.
Crunch Fitness reportedly had no comment on the pending litigation.