Show bar's license suspended over lewd acts at bull roast Platinum Club owners may have to pay fine

November 10, 1995|By Joan Jacobson | Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF

The city's liquor board yesterday expressed outrage over the sexual nature of acts performed by naked dancers at a Curtis Bay show bar last month and suspended the owners' license for 30 days.

"You owe The Block an apology. As far as I'm concerned your bar is a disgrace," board member Charles E. Thompson told the owners of the Platinum Club, at the 5500 block of Pennington Ave.

The three liquor board members -- after reviewing reports from two state undercover agents and two city police officers -- said the charges against the Platinum Club were the most obscene they ever had considered.

The owners of the Platinum Club were ordered to stop serving alcohol for 30 days, starting Nov. 17. They also were given the option of closing for another 30 days, or paying a $3,000 fine for violating liquor regulations that ban prostitution, nudity, gambling and serving alcohol to a minor.

Lawyer Melvin Kodenski, representing owners Lorraine Cummings, Frank Shaulis and Marc Rosenberg, said his clients did not know if they would pay the fine or close for an additional 30 days.

The owners admitted to most of the charges at yesterday's liquor board meeting, but pleaded for the board's mercy and promised the lewd acts, illegal gambling and serving of alcohol to a minor would never happen again.

Two undercover state agents who attended a bull roast at the bar at the liquor board's request on Oct. 1 reported watching 10 to 14 nude dancers performing on top of a long bar and on the floor where they allowed patrons to perform obscene acts with them for a fee.

The owners yesterday blamed the illegal events on one of the dancers who caused the crowd to get out of hand. But one state inspector -- Donald E. O'Shea -- testified that he saw a man instructing the dancers "to keep the rotation going through the crowd."

City police officers reported seeing topless dancers on two other occasions.

To show the liquor board that their dancers are not completely bare-breasted, the owners played a videotape of one of the dancer's routines. It ended with the woman removing her pastie in the dressing room after the routine.

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