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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
A downtown bar and nightclub is
The city of Cincinnati is looking
to shut down the Diamond Palace Nightclub at the corner of Fifth and Elm.
They allege unsafe and unsanitary conditions, and illegally operating a
The city has filed paperwork
seeking an injunction to close the bar for a year. They allege there has
been open drug use inside the venue, insects in liquor bottles, shots fired
outside and nude dancers.
This comes after what city
officials say were months of investigations.
"Our police investigators
determined they were engaged in a sexually oriented business in a location that
does not permit that activity," said John Curp, city solicitor.
In the paperwork, the city cites
undercover officers witnessing "nude, and semi-nude dancing." In
addition, they say in August, fights were breaking out, and "shots were fired
from a vehicle." Plus, they say drug use was open with "individuals
openly smoking marijuana."
"They have failed to come
into compliance, and when you don't comply and refuse to engage us
constructively, then we will close the business down," Curp added.
There are YouTube videos taken
inside the club showing nearly-nude women. In pictures included with the
injunction paperwork, there are photos of semi-nude women in various poses and
situations, including ones that are sexually-suggestive.
"[It's] necessary to protect
the integrity of the central business district, and keep illegal activity from
occurring in that location," Curp added.
The two sides were in court over
this matter on Thursday. No decision was made. Until the court
orders them to close, they can stay open and operate as a bar, says Curp.
We've left messages seeking
comment with the nightclub, but have not heard back yet. We spoke with
the nightclub's attorney, Lou Sirkin, he said his clients aren't willing to
talk, but the business is open.
On the Diamond Palace Nightclub
Facebook page, this was posted in response to the allegations:
& All others!
We want to take a moment and address the
1) Dancers- People came in an socially danced,
they were at no time compensated by the venue.
2) Deplorable Conditions- Upon inspection a bottle
that was out of use that had not been used since the opening of the club did
have a fruit fly in it, we are not making an excuse for it. Out of 300 plus
bottles we should have had zero issues but we have taken steps to ensure not
even an out of service bottle has any issues. Condensation (water) was in the
bottom of a cooler less then an inch, we have turned the temperature up so that
the cooler does not sweet.
3) We did have a hearing today and will remain
open. We will work with the city.
4) We will not have "Go-Go" dancers of
any type. For bars who do watch out, they are building cases.
To our supporters and our haters; We love you both
and shall rise.
In the court filing, the Cincinnati Police Department asked
that one of the suit's defendants, Robert Griffin, take action and address some
of the activity going on. The paperwork says a Memorandum of
Understanding was never signed by Griffin.