Although troubled business mogul Damon "Dame" Dash’s DD172 art space and warehouse has not been operational in the tony Tribeca neighborhood it occupied since June, the former Roc-A-Fella executive and his cohorts were slapped with six counts of storing and selling alcoholic beverages without a license – with charges dating back to November of 2010. On the afternoon September 7, New York City cops served the property with a court order and summons to address the illegal liquor sale charges. This past Wednesday (September 15), Dame Dash won a small victory after a New York City judge settled the charges.
As reported in the Village Voice, Judge Cynthia S. Kern signed into the ruling a stipulation that simply stated that as long as the owners of the property, 172 Duane Street Realty, agree to no longer continue its illegal practice of unlicensed liquor sales and cooperate with police officials accordingly, the matter would cease to exist. As reported, Dame Dash and his DD172 team have long since vacated the space with a source to the Voice saying that had Dash remained a tenant that he would have faced hefty fines.
Dame Dash’s lawyer told Voice reporters that his client was never served papers, maintaining that liquor sales was also not part of DD172’s business model. An earlier Voice report stated that Dash’s neighbors were none too fond of the DD172 space, claiming that the club and performance rehearsal space was a public nuisance. Back in August on Shade 45’s “Sway In The Morning” radio show, Dash spoke about another nagging legal matter in the form of $2 Million dollars owed in back taxes.
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