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Strip Club Closed: "(We) Are Not Going Tolerate A Business That Functions As A Crime Scene" Says DA

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Guns, drugs, shootings and gang activity is the reason the Shelby County District Attorney said a Hickory Hill strip club is a public nuisance. V-Live Memphis was shut down Thursday afternoon.

The club is at the corner of Mendenhall and Winchester.

District Attorney Amy Weirich says since this club opened 15 months ago, it's been nothing but trouble.

"We have sent the message today that we the fine folks of Shelby County are not going to tolerate a business that functions as a crime scene,” said Weirich.

Weirich said there have been two murders connected to the club since it opened 15 months ago. Memphis rapper "Richlord" died earlier this week after being shot at the club June 10th. Last year, rapper Yo Gotti was hosting an after party here when a stray bullet killed a nearby passenger in a car.

Police said the club has been a hotbed of illegal activity, from shootings, to gang activity, illegal liquor sales, and drug sales.

"Officers have spent a lot of time here making buys out of this club, "said Shelby County Deputy Chief Floyd Bonner.

"It's countless police calls to the Memphis Police Department, wasting their resources on this property over and over again,” said Weirich.

It's been reported Yo Gotti was supposed to throw an after party at the club Thursday night after his show at the FedExForum. There’s no word if the timing of the shutdown is connected.

Weirich said the owner has clubs in other cities. Last year, V-Live was shut down in Houston for similar problems.

The owners live in Detroit. They are due in court July 3rd.


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