Brooklyn’s Club Lust shut down; Cardi B & many more demanding justice
Sunset Park, Brooklyn hip hop and strip club Club Lust has been shut down after what club owner Imran Jairam called unfair targeting by the NYPD. News of the shut down comes while the club was already in the news due to Jairam filing a $125 million claim of notice against the city, the NYPD and the State Liquor Authority. He claims to have been the victim of "selective enforcement" since the club's opening in 2014, which he discussed on Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club - watch video of that below.
As reported by the NY Daily News, Jairam claims that after three years of alleged harassment, commanding officer of the 72nd precinct Deputy Inspector Emmanuel Gonzalez came to Jairam demanding 11 round-trip tickets to Puerto Rico, valued at $80k, and a generator for a doctor there. Hurricane Maria had recently hit, and the club was holding fundraisers for affected residents. Jairam says he denied the requests, and connected Gonzalez with a hip hop artist he knew, but that he continued to be shaken down and targeted.
The hashtag #justiceforlustny has been circulating on social media, including in posts from Cardi B, who famously worked as a dancer at Club Lust. She continues to be supportive, and posted an Instagram story that said, "Justice for LUST!!!" Come on now that's fucked up, never a shoot out, nobody ever got murked. It's like you can't win for shit!!! OPEN THEM LOCKS FOR @lustbk"
Another frequent patron, 50 Cent, posted a parody video in support of the club, with the caption "every time you see NYPD tell them I said they fucking up the summer. LOL get the strap" According to Page Six, Fitty is now under investigation by the NYPD because of that caption, where "strap" is slang for gun.
As also discussed in the Breakfast Club interview, the club also made headlines in May when a beef between Casanova and Tekashi 6ix9ine came to an end outside and then in the club.