A northwest Houston strip club is under investigation after a video of a fight between two dancers surfaced online, receiving more than a million hits this July.
Now, with the assistance of community activist Quanell X, the woman getting attacked in the club's changing room is hoping to push the Houston Police Department to speed up its investigation to make way for a lawsuit against the owners of the Millionaire Boyz Club on Antoine Drive.
"These clubs operate in the shadows outside the hours most people live their lives," Quanell X tells CultureMap. "They feel like they're above the law . . . It's a disgrace."
"Do you want to fight — yes or no?" asks one of the strippers in the video. When the other women replies "No," her attacker still unleashes a fury of punches.
Stephanie Rucker, the dancer bearing the brunt of the violence, is knocked to the ground as a male employee, believed to be the owner or DJ, is heard saying "That's 50 dollars a piece.”
“I just don’t think that you should have a business making fun of other people getting beaten up,” Rucker told KHOU, adding that she didn't even know about the video until someone told her about it. The club owner mentioned to reporters that he fired both the woman attacker and the DJ working that night.
After the original scuffle — which occurred at roughly 3 a.m. on July 8 — Rucker left the club and hoped to put the incident behind her. But as the video gained more notoriety, and the Millionaire Boyz Club reportedly made T-shirts reading "That's 50 dollars a piece,” she reported the incident to HPD on July 17. She also contacted Quanell X for help on how she should proceed.
"These clubs operate in the shadows outside the hours most people live their lives," X told CultureMap. "They feel like they're above the law and don't have to go by the same rules as the rest of society. It's a disgrace."
The activist says his organization is attempting to put pressure on HPD, which, according to its media department, has launched an investigation but has yet to assign an investigator. "If the victim was white, we feel the police would have done something a long time ago," X said.
"I think the video is disgusting, alarming and extremely disturbing. The club owners should be held responsible along with those involved in club security that night."