HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Three Hollywood nightclubs are facing multiple counts for safety violations by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, as reported on July 11.
The three clubs being charged with violations include Project Los Angeles, L’scorpion, Rusty Mullet, according to Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.
Project Los Angeles, located at 6356 Hollywood Boulevard was charged with 18 criminal counts – seven related to security guard issues, three counts of improper lighting and two counts of admitting minors. The first set of charges is a result from an August 2, 2018 inspection wherein operators were cited for guards without identifying insignia, guards without proper ID and insufficient exterior lighting where ID’s are checked.
L’Scorpion, located at 6679 Hollywood Blvd., faces 20 counts, including six for operating without permits, three counts for improper security and three counts for excessive noise. Inspections occurred on October 11, 2018, January 17 2019 and April 19, 2019 and allegedly revealed that their permit to operate had expired in 2017 and despite numerous warnings, they hadn’t applied for a renewal.
Rusty Mullet, which previously resided at 1708 N. Las Palmas Ave. is facing 22 counts, which include six counts for improper security, seven counts for operating without valid licenses and three counts for being managed as a club instead of a restaurant. The company has since closed its doors, Feuer noted.
Liaison, a fourth club is set to be charged due to several violations. Previously a 27-count case was filed against Liaison nightclub 1638 North Las Palmas Avenue and its operator William Ahders, from public nuisance activity. The City Attorney’s office contends that Liaison has continued to operate in direct violation of applicable laws and the express terms of the Diversion Agreement. City prosecutors are asking the court to terminate the diversion and start sentencing.
“We allege these clubs have put their customers, and everyone in the vicinity, in potential danger every single night. 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,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.
“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 Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, who represents the 13th District on the Los Angeles City Council. “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.”
Written By Tameara Lewis and Donald Roberts