The battle over Houston's largest adult nightclub is getting brutal.
"You simply can't run whores and drugs inside a club," Terry O'Rourke, with the Harris County Attorney's Office, said.
Treasures Houston managers are not taking those accusations lying down.
"This case is about big brother," Treasures' attorney, Casey Wallace, said. "This case is about certain politicians desperate to get re-elected."
Monday, Harris County Civil Court Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan slapped Treasures with a temporary injunction.
The Harris County Attorney said the business should be shut down because it was a haven for prostitution and drugs, a nuisance.
Instead, Smoots-Hogan hit Treasures with a list of restrictions and rules to be enacted in a week including:
-- Drug tests for all employees -- Background checks -- New surveillance cameras -- More security officers
"That's an expense of $200,000 that we now have to expend to give drug tests to dancers and employees," Wallace said.
As a result of the Smoots-Hogan's order, Treasures' attorneys filed a notice to take the case out of her state court and into federal court, a move that has enraged the county attorney.
"This is frivolous; it's meritless," O'Rourke said. "It is for the sole purpose of the delay of law enforcement and enforcing a judge's order."
Treasures' attorneys said this is all about politics. Wallace showed me a look at Treasure's revenue that was pumped back in the community from 2009 to 2011:
-- $6.9 million in taxes -- $13 million to employees -- $40 million to dancers -- $10 million to local vendors or people who do business with the club
"Isiah, that's $70 million in three years and yet the city says shut them down; the state says shut them down; Vince Ryan says shut them down all because he wants to be re-elected," Wallace said.
The county filed an emergency motion with the federal court to send the Treasures case back to the state but so far, the federal judge has not ruled yet.
"The reality is they're gonna have to comply with the judge's orders; our view is they have to comply with the law and the state judge's order," O'Rourke said. "Their time will come when they will see justice."
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