Sex acts on club stage under investigation

ST. LOUIS – A north St. Louis County nightclub is under investigation and could lose its liquor license after a YouTube video surfaced of women performing sex acts on each other on stage during a Memorial Day weekend party.

NewsChannel 5 spoke with club manager Robert Hughes, who says there were 500 people at the club Friday night for a '90s themed party hosted by hip-hop legend Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell.

Campbell is known for being obscene and took the mic and the party in a different direction. Several videos from the evening were posted to YouTube.

Hughes says the best-dressed person was supposed to win $1,000, but Uncle Luke offered that money to women who would perform sexual acts with each other. Club officials stopped him when they saw things take a turn towards illegal and kicked him out immediately.

St. Louis County police are investigating, and they're working with the Department of Revenue on whether to suspend SoundBar's liquor license.

Catherine Harvey studies at GP Institute of Cosmetology in the same complex as the club. She says this is uncharacteristic of SoundBar.

"First thing I thought, the SoundBar? This happened at the SoundBar? But it's not surprising because it's Luke. He's well-known in the industry," said Harvey.

SoundBar management says they detest Uncle Luke's character, actions, and direction. They'll be donating money to local churches dealing with the development of young women, and offering their services to any organization that needs a venue for fundraisers dealing with health, development, or betterment of women.

Here is a complete statement from SoundBar:

On Friday, May 23, 2014, entities involved with the SoundBar solicited the services of Luther Campbell. The services involved Mr. Campbell judging a contest involving clothing reminiscent of late 90's attire. The individual with the best attire was to be awarded a sum of $1,000. This was a promotional event to attract more customers to the venue. It was documented, as well as implied through various channels that this was entirely a promotion involving attire. There was no premeditated motions or directions for the event that took place that evening to be enacted in a distasteful manner. Luther Campbell took the microphone and began to give his own direction. Luther Campbell offered contestants award money equaling $1,000 if they would began to perform lewd acts. After minutes of this activity a representative of the SoundBar intervened and stopped Mr. Campbell before he could go any further. At this time, Mr. Campbell and associates have been banned from the SoundBar. SoundBar, it's management, and representatives do not condone, and rather detest the character, actions, and directions of Mr. Campbell. SoundBar, and any entity doing business with SoundBar, is under the complete understanding that this is not the direction that this place of entertainment wants to take. SoundBar is instituting strict guidelines to be enacted, starting immediately. SoundBar and its management will be donating a monetary gesture to local churches whom are dealing with the development of young women. Also, we will be offering our services to any organization needing a venue for fundraisers dealing with health, development, or betterment of women. Once again we stress this is not the vision SoundBar had at its conception, and we are dedicated to resuming the concept that has guided our focus before the serious issues that became prevalent on that night.


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