A woman claiming she was beaten by two bouncers in Paceville has been charged by the police with attempting to use force and disturbing the public peace.

The incident made the headlines after Michelle Sullivan, 45, from Swieqi posted a selfie showing bruises all over her face. She also urged her Facebook friends to help her trace the two “cowards”.

The woman was yesterday notified she had to appear in court to face charges. Contacted last night, she said she was completely taken aback by the police decision.

Reading from the charge sheet, Ms Sullivan said she was summoned to appear in court to face accusations of using force with intent to cause injury and insult another person and also of disturbing the public peace.

The case goes back to December 21, at about 2.30am, when Ms Sullivan claimed a number of Dutch men harassed a friend, who ended up being punched by a bouncer from a nearby establishment.

According to Ms Sullivan, when she tried to stop the security man, she was floored and kicked repeatedly in the head, while another bouncer tried to rip her hair off. The fracas lasted a few minutes until the police arrived.

A witness told Times of Malta the manner in which the bouncer had dealt with the situation was “brutal”.

The police were yesterday unable to confirm whether charges had also been issued against the bouncers. A police spokeswoman said such a request had to be submitted in writing.

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