|How can I even pretend to be a real e-zine without a page for
headlines!? This section will contain newsworthy events related to the
strip club business, especially as it pertains to Los Angeles. Events
covered by the traditional media will still be in the Media Bites section.
This section will be reported by myself and other reporters for Z Bone.
Well, here you go and here we go. One step closer to being just another
boring e-zine. Yeah, right!
Johnny Sheridan, also known as "Chokemaster" to
readers of this website, is set to testify in July at the McKenna murder
trial in which Mike Woods is charged. In an unusual turn of events in
January 2000, Sheridan turned himself in to investigators for the March
1989 Horace "Big Mac" McKenna murder case and has admitted his
involvement. According to sources, Sheridan openly admits to being the
hired gunman who murdered McKenna. It has been reported in other media
that Sheridan has pointed his finger at David "English Dave"
Amos and Mike Woods, the co-owners of the Bare Elegance, Jet Strip and Valley Ball as the
mastermind behind the killing.
In an exclusive interview with Sheridan, when asked about his
testimony at the upcoming trial, Sheridan told zbone.com that he cannot
give details about his testimony until it is over. "The prosecutors
told me that I'm going to be the Mark Furman of this case because the
defense is going to grill me and bring up anything and everything from
my past to discredit my testimony," said Sheridan regarding the
upcoming trial. "I told them I won't use the N-word," joked
Orange County investigator documents obtained by zbone.com show that
after Sheridan turned himself in, the OC D.A. agreed to release him so
that he could work with investigators to obtain evidence that Amos and
Woods were involved. Sheridan wore a body wire to work everyday for 9
months while investigators listened to all conversations in real time.
After meeting with Woods while wired, Sheridan was not able to obtain
enough evidence to satisfy the D.A. and was asked to try again with
Amos. Sheridan was successful with Amos and both men were arrested. At
that point, Sheridan was brought in during questioning to try to
convince Amos to do the same to Woods, which Amos eventually agreed to
do. When Amos met with Woods with a body wire, Amos was able to obtain
enough evidence to satisfy the D.A. and both men were arrested.
The investigator documents obtained by zbone.com was used to generate
a more detailed timeline of
events which illustrate the gradual change in the situation over the
years from the men meeting each other, to the current situation before
the start of the murder trial.
Assembly Bill 2509, which was adopted on September
29, 2000, will amend the California Labor Code to clarify that all of
the money that a dancer receives from a customer for a lap dance is a
tip, and is therefore is her sole property. According to one attorney
familiar with this bill, "This law applies to all dancers at any
club in California. That means that when a customer pays a dancer for a
lap dance, the entire amount is hers to keep. The club is legally
prohibited from taking any portion of the money."
A representative of a club stated that they have prepared to make
changes to the tipout procedure starting on Monday, January 1, 2001. At
this club, the customer will be asked to pay the "house"
directly and pay the gratuity portion of the dance to the dancer.
"This means we'll have to have another cashier that will take the
money from the customer near the lap dance area," stated the club
It is not clear at this time if any or all of the clubs will abide by
the new law. Since floaters currently keep track of how much the dancer
must pay the house at the end of the night, it would not be a
substantial procedural change for them to collect the "fee"
directly from the customers. "It's just another way to try to track
the money better for the I.R.S. and make the dancers pay all their
taxes," quipped a club manager.
Spearmint Rhino Charges Again
January 1, 2001
Once again, the Rhino chain has spread further by acquiring both Industrial Strip
and the now closed Lacy Street Cabaret.
John Gray, President of Spearmint Rhino has confirmed these acquisitions
and stated that they have as of yet not determined the exact status of
these clubs in terms of their names or possible re-opening.
In other Rhino expansion news, Spearmint Rhino has opened it's 6th
club in England as of November and the 7th should be nearly open as of
this writing. The chain has also opened 2 clubs in Moscow.
This latest Rhino club in London is the chain's largest and most
expensive club to date, costing over 3 million US dollars and is 22,000
square feet in size. "The club rivals London's finest 5 star hotels
and restaurants in appearance," states John Gray about his latest
creation. "[We have] over 15 champagnes and 45 wines along with
full nudity and no distance requirement between dancer and customer. The
club on key nights is running over 125 dancers per shift," said
Dancer IC Vs. Employee Suit becomes class action
January 1, 2001
In a similar move to the story of Erin Brockovich, the pending lawsuits
against 15 strip clubs has now been certified to be classified as class
action. 8 of the 15 clubs are now on the class action list. They are, Bob's Classy Lady, The Gentlemen's Club,
Sam's Hof Brau, Exotica, Paradise Club, Sahara Theater #3, Industrial Strip,
and Lacy Street
This class action lawsuit is currently pending in Los Angeles county
and was brought by dancers seeking payment of back wages and
reimbursement from the clubs for the money taken from their lap dance
money. Any dancer who danced at any of the eight clubs at any time since
December 8, 1995, to the present is a member of the lawsuit and is
entitled to share in any recovery the class receives.
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