WINNIPEG - The booty was shaking. Then the glass started breaking.
And now a young Winnipeg woman has been sentenced to one year in jail after admitting to a bloody brawl that followed a cheeky contest inside a Transcona bar.
Tiffany Willis, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault last week for the July 2009 incident inside MyBar on Regent Avenue.
Willis was celebrating her birthday with a group of friends, including a man who began heckling another woman participating in a "booty shake" dance-off being held that night, court was told. The woman was angered by the negative attention and verbally confronted Willis’ friend.
Willis responded by grabbing a glass and smashing it over the arm of a female bar employee who was trying to break up the dispute.
The victim suffered a deep cut near her wrist.
"There was quite a large amount of bleeding," Crown attorney Mitchell Lavitt told court. "This type of behaviour cannot be tolerated. An insult to somebody’s dancing should not end up in fisticuffs."
Defence lawyer Mike Walker said Willis was quite intoxicated and has very little memory of the night. Willis apologized for what she called "thoughtless acts."
The victim was off work for nearly a year and still hasn’t regained full use of her hand. She told court the large scar on her wrist causes others to assume she tried to commit suicide.
Willis was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation and ordered to write a letter of apology to the victim.