The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered a two-day license suspension for the Glass Slipper because police detectives on a routine inspection spotted two dancers letting customers get a feel in a private-dance area.
Two "entertainers" at the LaGrange Street strip club were ordered to go home on Sept. 25 after a manager found them touching a couple of patrons in a private-dance room, right under "NO TOUCHING" signs.
Unfortunately for the club, the manager wasn't the only one to see the illegal contact - two Boston Police detectives on a routine inspection also observed the conduct. They wrote a citation for "physical contact between dancers and male patrons in violation of the Boston Licensing Rules and Regulations 1.12(C) (D) and (F)."
The Glass Slipper, one of downtown Boston's two remaining strip clubs, has fired seven strippers since June, when workers found one of the women nearly unconscious from an apparent cocaine overdose in a club bathroom, one of its owners says.
Michael Bennett, co-owner of the Combat Zone remnant on Lagrange Street, told the Boston Licensing Board this morning that several strippers tried slipping drugs into the club even after he ordered doormen to check all employees' bags following the June 29 incident.
An angry exchange of words between two strippers in their locker room at the Glass Slipper one February night may or may not have ended with one one of them punched by the other's boyfriend at closing time, but it did land the club before the Boston Licensing Board today.
The board decides Thursday whether to sanction the LaGrange Street club, not so much for the fight itself as for failing to call police after learning the two women had somehow gotten into it.
A stripper who reported two days early to her new job at the Glass Slipper on Lagrange Street never got a chance to strut her stuff. Instead, she wound up under arrest after a bruising battle with a waitress that left both with cuts and the club having to answer to the Boston Licensing Board.
At a hearing this morning, a club manager and a Boston police officer said the fight, on Oct. 27, stemmed from a dispute over locker space in the dancers' locker room.
One of two men shot in a dispute over a seat at the LaGrange Street strip club in August remains in the hospital, "still suffering serious injuries," a police detective said today.
Det. Michael Talbot was testifying at a Boston Licensing Board hearing on the Aug. 8 double shooting at closing time. Steven Gayle of Jamaica Plain was arrested not long after the shootings.
One of the two men shot at the Glass Slipper on LaGrange Street a week ago remains hospitalized in critical condition - and needed emergency surgery yesterday - a Boston Police detective said today.
Sgt. Det. Michael Talbot, other police officers and the owner and some workers at the Glass Slipper testified today at a hearing by the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing on the Aug. 8 shooting, allegedly by Steven Gayle of Jamaica Plain.
Steven Gayle wanted to create a room where people could come and compete in video-game tournaments on Xboxes, WIIs and PS3s.
Now, however, Gayle sits in jail in lieu of $250,000 bail, charged with shooting two men in the head at a Chinatown strip club, allegedly after they got into an argument over them sitting in the same booth as him early this morning.
UPDATE: Suspect identified as Steven Gayle, 35, of Jamaica Plain.
This morning, blood stains the sidewalk outside the Glass Slipper, a Combat Zone holdover on LaGrange Street, where two people were shot around closing time today.
The Boston Licensing Board today ordered the Glass Slipper to shut down for two days as penance for the horizontal lap dance a police detective found a dancer giving a customer early on Oct. 27.
The club, one of two strip clubs left in the Combat Zone, gets to pick when it wants to shut down.