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Club Madonna's Business License Suspended: Closed for at Least Six Months

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And just like that, South Beach went from one strip club to none. Club Madonna's business license was pulled for six months amid allegations that a 13-year-old girl stripped at the establishment.

The club at 1527 Washington Ave. will be closed for at least six months pending the outcome of the investigation.

"Based on the gravity of recent allegations, the evidence collected and the owner's admitted failure to have the required knowledge of what illegal activity occurs at Club Madonna, I have determined that this activity presents an actual threat to the public health, welfare, and safety of the public," City Manager Jimmy Morales said in a statement.

A 13-year-old girl, identified only as D.J., ran away from home earlier this month and found herself entangled with three adults who plied her with booze and marijuana and forced her into sex work. After the girl refused to work as a prostitute, the trio hatched a plan to make her work as a stripper. One of the accused, Marlene San Vincente, also worked as a dancer at the club and might have slipped the girl past management and onto the club floor.

Club reps say they have no record of the girl working there, but owner Leroy Griffith admitted he heard that the girl might have worked there.

Griffith has long waged a public battle with City of Miami Beach officials. City ordinance forbids strip bars from serving liquor, hence the reason Club Madonna had a monopoly on the strip market in South Beach in the first place. Most strip clubs operate in other parts of the county, where they can serve booze.

According to CBS 4, D.J.'s mother also plans to file a lawsuit against Club Madonna.

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6 comments
MiamiBeachCrack
MiamiBeachCrack

So is Miami Beach going to close down all the nightclubs that have issues?  The city will get sued on this issue.  They selectively enforce laws. 

myontz
myontz

Hard to imagine there not being at least one strip club on South Beach. My girlfriend use to dance for a chick named Kara at Deja vu Showgirls which was at 23rd and collins, and at that time there were three strip clubs on SoBe. Deja vu, Club Madonna, and a new smaller club called Thunder on the Beach. Then on North beach there was a club called Thee Dollhouse. We moved over to the west coast (Cape Coral) and I haven't been to Miami beach in a few years, but It's wild that even Club Madonna isn't open any longer. At least for now.

casper4800
casper4800

Who is your girlfriend? I worked for Kara at déjà vu till it closed

myontz
myontz

@casper4800 Her name is Miranda, she worked for Kara and Steve at Deja Vu for about 4 years, then she went to Treasure Island.

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