Club Elements In Court After Controversial Sex Party
(Memphis) Environmental Court is the next stop for the owners of Club Elements.
The club was closed down after video surfaced of an out of control open-sex party too graphic for TV.
Club owners left court Monday after the hearing was reset.
The owners say Elements was rented by a group called Taboo for a private party and they didn’t know what was planned.
“The owners had no knowledge of it, didn’t consent to it and are shocked as everybody else is to it,” says Robert Spence, attorney for the club owners.
The District Attorney’s Office padlocked the Club and is going after the owners.
“What your duties are if you own a club and who you can rent it out to and what measures you can take to protect people that is another question too,” says Prosecutor Paul Hagerman with the D.A.’s office.
Back in the neighborhood where the sex party played out, local church leaders gathered at the Anointed Temple of Praise taking a stand against exploiting youth.
“Our bodies are temples. We need to make sure our young people understand that we are standing with them trying to prevent a lot of this behavior from transpiring,” says Dr. Thomas Murray, Senior Pastor of Anointed Temple of Praise Church.
Anointed Temple is raising awareness through several workshops.
“This whole Team Taboo has children tricking their parents saying they are going to the movies. They get dropped off at the movies and they are going to these clubs,” says Bobby Hampton, Youth Pastor at Anointed Temple.
“The workshop is to just get info. out there, to let people know the types of things are going on out there in our community that we really need to be aware of. Information is power,” says Kim Murray, first lady of Anointed Temple of Praise.
To find out more about the community workshops you can contact Anointed Temple of Praise on Riverdale Road.
On July 19, 2012 there will be a workshop on Abuse and on August 30, 2012 there will be a workshop on Human Trafficking. They are free and open to the public.
The owners of Club Elements will be back in court July 11th.