Club Where Pornographic Video Shot May Re-Open
(Memphis) Talks are in the works to reopen the nightclub recently shut down as a public nuisance after a pornographic video surfaced showing lewd sex acts inside the club.
Club owners claim the video was shot at a private party that had leased out the facility.
Last week, the Shelby County District Attorney filed a motion to close the club for good, but now it looks like there’s a good chance Elements will reopen its doors.
The owners of Club Elements want to reopen.
Their lawyer was in court today to let the judge know he’s working on an agreement with the Shelby County District Attorney that may allow the padlock to come off.
Club Elements remains closed under a temporary injunction after a video too graphic for television was shot in the club.
The district attorney went to court to permanently shut it down but now there’s a pretty good chance the owners will reopen.
Robert Spence, attorney for Club Elements, said, “I’m trying to get the club reopened as soon as possible. The DA’s office has some issues. We’re working through their issues.”
Spence says Club Elements’ owners rented the facility to a group called Team Taboo for a private party.
Taboo parties move from place to place.
Club Element owners say they had no idea what Taboo had planned. Meanwhile, actions against Team Taboo may not be far away.
”Our concerns are not just with this club obviously as I told you last time. There are investigations going on in regard to Team Taboo. Our concerns are keeping anything like this from happening any clubs in Memphis,” said Paul Hagerman, Asst. Shelby Co. District Attorney.
Hagerman says talks with Club Clement owners are productive. We checked with at least four businesses inside the East Memphis shopping center where it’s located to ask if they should be allowed to reopen.
Most businesses that responded gave us a similar answer. Most said it really doesn’t make a difference to them.
It may not matter to the merchants, but Rita Hunt says it does to her.
She said, “I have two teenage girls and it’s not showing a good example. They were doing some bad, pretty bad things at that party and they said they were promoting. Promoting what?”
The owners of Club Elements and their attorney return to environmental court next Friday.
That’s when we’ll find out if indeed they’ve worked out an agreement that allows the club to reopen.
As for Team Taboo, there is no word yet on any action against the people responsible for throwing the party.