DETROIT (WWJ) – The city of Detroit is moving to close an east side strip club where leaders say people have been engaging in illegal activities.
Councilman Scott Benson and community leaders say people at Erotic City, on Conant near Seven Mile, have been taking part in indecent and illegal activities with strippers.READ MORE: 'My Name Is Sara' Film On Holocaust Survivor Premieres In Metro Detroit
The club has been cited a number of times and now, its business license has been revoked because of a laundry list of accusations, including indecent exposure.
“There are certain places that someone can dance nude within the strip club,” said Benson. “Off the stage on top of a patron is not one of them.”
WWJ City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas watched video taken from inside the club, which shows women fighting as mounds of money are strewn across the floor. Another video shows someone allegedly identified as the club’s chef taking an assault rifle and firing shots out the back door.READ MORE: Dearborn Homecoming Festival Kicks Off This Weekend
Other violations at the club include indoor smoking of cigarettes and marijuana, the sale of marijuana and other drugs, employees dancing without dance cards, employees dancing semi-nude off the stage, patrons or employees touching dancers while indecent, and noise complaints from surrounding neighbors and businesses.
Pastor Marvin Winans, of the nearby Perfecting Church, spoke out at a news conference Friday morning.
“We talk about these types of businesses, when we talk about marijuana dispensaries, they’re not in Gilbert-ville, they’re not in the new erected Hockeytown of Chris Ilitch, but they’re in our neighborhoods,” said Winans. “Our children have to pass strip clubs and weed joints to go to school.”MORE NEWS: Huron Valley Students Will Not Be Allowed To Carry Backpacks To High School Classrooms, Officials Say
Attorney Patrick McQueeney said he’s filed a timely appeal on behalf of Erotic City, which will remain open during the process.