Earlier this week, footage of a bouncer hitting a woman in the face after she took a swing for him divided opinions.

The clip, which was filmed on Mathew Street in Liverpool, shows a woman lunge at the doorman and try and throw a punch in his direction. The bouncer ducks, she misses, and he followed it up by whacking her in the face.

The woman's head flies back from the blow and she staggers away, although she somehow manages to remain on her feet.

After the video, began doing the rounds on the internet, it attracted a lot of comments. Many people supported the doorman, saying that he had a right to hit her. They said it was self-defence because she had gone for him first.

Others said that, as a bouncer, he should have showed more restraint.

Now, the woman in the clip, 22-year-old Mickyla Peberdy, has come forward to defend herself.

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Model Mickyla claims that the incident happened after she was dragged to the floor by the doorman for dancing on a table.

She told The Sun the clip made her look 'very bad', adding that it was taken out of context, because you couldn't see the bouncer 'manhandling' her first.

She said: "I was dancing on the table, yes, but he didn't even ask me to get down, he just grabbed me and dragged me." She also said she had been left with bruises on her arms, legs and bum.

Speaking about the attention she, and the video, had received since the incident, she said: "I'm not a violent person, I had a few drinks and it was a heat of the moment thing. I don't care if people have made their minds up based on that short footage, they don't know what really happened.

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"I understand that if someone throws a punch - whether they're a girl or a boy - then they deserve to be hit back. But he started it and I needed to defend myself."

Mickyla appeared unharmed after the incident, though. She tweeted this shortly after the clip surfaced online:

Merseyside Police were called to the scene but neither party wanted to take the case any further, the Mirror reports.

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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