Los Angeles city prosecutors announced Thursday the filing of 60 criminal charges against the owners and operators of three Hollywood nightclubs for alleged public safety violations.
“We allege these clubs have put their customers and everyone in the vicinity in potential danger every single night,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said. “Club owners and operators are obligated to take appropriate security measures and adhere to the terms of their permits. When we believe they haven’t, we’ll take forceful action.”
The misdemeanor charges were filed against the owners and operators of Project Los Angeles, L’Scorpion and the recently closed Rusty Mullet. Representatives for the businesses could not be immediately reached for comment.
According to the City Attorney’s Office, the owners and operators of Project Los Angeles, 6356 Hollywood Blvd., were charged with 18 criminal counts, including seven related to “security guard issues,” two counts of admitting minors and three counts of improper lighting.
On Oct. 27, Los Angeles police had to call for backup when a crowd of the club’s patrons would not disperse, prompting officers to form a skirmish line and use physical force, including baton strikes, according to the City Attorney’s Office. Three people were arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and battery of an officer.
In March, a woman pulled a knife on a club security guard, who was not wearing a property uniform, prosecutors said.
The owners and operators of L’Scorpion, 6679 Hollywood Blvd., were charged with 20 criminal counts, including six charges of operating without valid permits, three counts related to inadequate security and three related to excessive noise.
Inspections allegedly revealed that the business’ permit to operate had expired in 2017, and despite numerous warnings, the owners had not applied to have it renewed, prosecutors said. Operators also allegedly illegally modified the space for live music and failed to correct the violation despite citations from the LAPD and orders to comply from the Department of Building and Safety, according to the City Attorney’s Office.
The owners and operators of the recently closed Rusty Mullet, which shares a subdivided lot with L’Scorpion at North Las Palmas Avenue, were charged with 22 counts, including six related to security guard inadequacies and operating illegally. Prosecutors allege the business was licensed as a restaurant but operated as a nightclub.
In 2017, a group of people were loitering outside the business when a fight broke out and one person was stabbed to death.
“Public safety is one of my top priorities in office, and entertainment venues in Hollywood will be held accountable for violating city codes that endanger the public,” said City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who represents portions of Hollywood. “I’m happy to see the city attorney take punitive steps against non-compliant operators in my district, especially those who disobey laws that protect minors. This should serve as a warning to others that bad behavior will not go unpunished.”
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