The Harris County Attorney's Office is seeking to shut down the club outside of which Moses Malone Jr., son of Houston Rockets legend Moses Malone, was recently attacked and robbed.
The county has filed a common nuisance lawsuit against V Live Club because of its frequent brushes with violent crime on or near the premises and its failure to comply with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage code by allowing patrons to drink after hours.
Malone also sued the club recently after the June incident, which the county cited in its court filing as just one example of the kind of crimes that happen there. Malone believes he was attacked because of comments he made about James Harden's basketball camp on Facebook, saying it was too expensive compared to Donald Driver's free camp. Malone's attorney, George Farah, told the Houston Press last month that a large group of men approached Malone outside the club, and one said to him, 'Why are you talking about James Harden on Facebook?'" Then he was beaten up and mugged, Farah says, while his attackers merrily went on their way back into V Live, even though the attack happened in plain view of the bouncers.
Rosemary Donnelly with the county attorney's office said Harris County decided to file suit because of "escalating violence at the club."
"It's been in the news, and it seems like really shockingly violent crimes are being committed on the property," she said.
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Donnelly ticked off a short list of examples beyond what happened to Malone. There was the time earlier this month when two club-goers were shot, one of them in the face, while Drake was apparently hanging out inside. The time a valet was robbed at gunpoint at 6 a.m. The time two patrons started shooting at each other inside the club. The time a drive-by shooter shot a guy in the chest who was standing outside the door.
"The frequency of the criminal activity on the property is proof that [management] is knowingly tolerating it," Donnelly said.
The county will first seek a temporary injunction against the club, to force it to at least comply with the laws in the meantime, then will seek to permanently shut it down.
A manager at V Live, Chris Chizer, declined to comment.