- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 21, 2013

The D.C. government became the proud new owner of a notorious high-end strip club after authorities seized the building to satisfy a tax debt owed by its owner.

The District’s Office of Tax and Revenue seized Stadium Club on Thursday in an effort to recoup more than $100,000 owed by owner James “Tru” Redding in sales and use taxes on another business.

But don’t expect the city to get into the strip club business.

“I don’t think it will be open under city auspices,” said David Umansky, spokesman for the city’s Chief Financial Officer. “We will wait 30 days for the owners to settle the matter. If that doesn’t happen the property and contents will be auctioned off.”


The city in September seized Mr. Redding’s other establishment, TruOrleans Restaurant and Gallery in Northeast, on which the back taxes were owed.

The Stadium Club, on Queens Chapel Road in Northeast, has been the scene of a series of violent incidents since it opened in 2010. It also has a sordid history with the city.

Property records show that Mr. Redding and politically connected developer Keith Forney bought the warehouse for $2.7 million from Cornell Jones, a convicted drug trafficker immortalized in the Black Entertainment Television series “American Gangster.”

Mr. Jones and his nonprofit group, Miracle Hands, were the subjects of a false-claims complaint filed by the District’s attorney general charging them with misappropriating more than $300,000 from the city’s HIV/AIDS program for renovations on a proposed job training center that instead was used to open the strip club.

That case is scheduled for trial in June.