Daily Archives: August 15, 2009

Cathouse Management in Las Vegas in One Doozy of Vicious Legal Catfight

A recent article in the Las Vegas Sun details the lawsuit that CatHouse (in the Luxor) partner Seth Yudof and his company, Creative Eyes LLC, filed in Clark County District Court against companies and individuals involved in the CatHouse at the Luxor hotel-casino, including himself. The suit asks for a court order accounting of the finances of the CatHouse and that a receiver be appointed to preserve the property, capital and assets controlled by the defendants. The defendants include Heptagon LLC, Heptagon Trading LLC, Heptagon Holdings LLC, Billy Cross, Nick Landazuri, Mick Doohan, and Yudof who is the managing member of one of the companies he and Creative Eyes are suing. 

Creative Eyes and Yudof claim a breach of contract, fraud and conspiracy related to an alleged consulting agreement between Creative Eyes and one of the CatHouse companies. The 2007 agreement with Heptagon Trading was for creative and entertainment direction for the club. It continues stating that Creative Eyes was to be paid a consulting fee of $100,000 per year and given a 7.5 percent membership interest in Heptagon LLC. The suit claims that Yudof and Cross were supposed to jointly manage Heptagon LLC. The suit also claims that Cross in 2008 negotiated a $250,000 loan from the Luxor, without the knowledge of Yudof. 

It continues to state that last September, Creative Eyes’ biweekly checks dropped from $3,846 to $2,000 and that Yudof was denied access to the books, records, vendor lists and other documents of Heptagon LLC’s operating agreement. Along with claims of being threatened, intimidated and bullied by Cross and Landazuri, the suit charges that the defendants have used Yudof’s Social Security number and personal information to engage in transactions … which were not disclosed to plaintiffs. “The defendants … even went so far as to change the locks at the CatHouse … and informed the employees that Yudof was not to be left unsupervised in the venue.” The complaint also states that certain members are now attempting to liquidate Heptagon LLC without giving Yudof the right of first refusal to buy their membership shares, even though he has offered to buy out the other interests in the business for $2.4 million. 

Luxor executives supposedly have shown the CatHouse property to potential new suitors, saying it is available for lease.  No takers as of yet.   But rumors are flying that Vegas deal maker Jack Wishna is now in the picture with an offer to purchase The Cathouse and open other like venues in other location outside of Vegas. 

The CatHouse supposedly also recently banned Cris Angel from the property after he was suspected of daring a female patron dis-robe for $100.

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Theory of Flight to Headline Hollywood Music Media Awards on August 18

Las Vegas based indie rock band Theory of Flight will headline at the popular L.A. music venue The Mint on Tuesday, August 18 for Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA).  Other acts scheduled to perform include Michel Harding, Jason Charles Miller (lead singer of Godhead) and Michael Mulder. TheoryofFlight

The showcase gives selected indie artists a rare opportunity to perform before industry professionals and HMMA’s executive producers, whose top picks are then invited to play the night of the award show on Sunday, November 22 at The Highlands in the Kodak Theatre complex in Hollywood. HMMA’s red carpet event will feature live music performances, award presentations and reception catered by Wolfgang Puck.

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Suffocating Evidence Mounts Against Michael Jackson’s Doctor

It doesn’t look good for Dr. Conrad Murray.  As the investigation into the death of Michael Jackson continues, the evidence that his personal physician, Dr. Murray may have supplied the pop icon with the powerful anesthetic propofol (also known as Diprivan) continues to mount.

On Thursday, TMZ reported that Murray kept a supply of the drug hidden in a closet in Jackson’s rented Los Angeles home. The site claimed that Murray may have also either “stored propofol elsewhere or had a steady stream of FedEx deliveries” of the drug to the home, since the amount found was reportedly only enough for one night. The site claimed that unnamed law enforcement sources said they found three large bottles of the drug and five smaller vials at Jackson’s home in a closet attached to Murray’s bedroom. According to reports, Jackson was found in Murray’s bedroom on the morning he died.

Jackson reportedly used the drug — which is meant to be used ONLY in a hospital clinical setting to render patients unconscious before surgery — to combat chronic insomnia, and experts told TMZ that the bottles and vials found by police would have only been enough to keep Jackson asleep for eight hours.

 According to the search warrant (now posted on TMZ) for the Las Vegas pharmacy raided on Tuesday, authorities were looking for credit card receipts and other documents related to drugs purchased by Murray on May 12, specifically mentioning a type of propofol that was found in Jackson’s rented Holmby Hills home. 

A law enforcement official confirmed to The Associated Press that officials removed evidence this Tuesday that proved Murray bought the propofol from Las Vegas’ Applied Pharmacy Services and that he also administered the drugs from that purchase to Jackson in the hours before his death. 

Although Murray has not yet been charged with any crime and his lawyer has said he did not administer anything to Jackson that “should have” caused his death, Murray  reportedly told investigators that he gave Jackson propofol, along with several other sedatives, in the hours before Jackson died. 

New reports surfaced on Thursday that investigators believe the doctor curiously left the room where Jackson was sleeping to make personal phone calls and call his office and returned to find that the singer was no longer breathing. 

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Los Angeles Police Department and local jurisdictions have previously served search warrants on Murray’s Las Vegas home and medical offices and on his Houston medical offices and a storage locker. 

The results of an autopsy on Jackson have been completed, but the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office said this week that it is keeping the information under a security hold until police complete their investigation. 

Murray’s lawyer, Edward Chernoff, told the Los Angeles Times this Wednesday that after agreeing to serve as Jackson’s personal physician for $150,000 a month in the lead-up to the singer’s attempted 50-show comeback residency at the O2 Arena in London, the doctor “realized that Michael Jackson had some very unusual problems.” 

“When he accepted the job, he was not aware of any specific requirements regarding medications that Michael Jackson was taking or any addictions that he was suffering from,” Chernoff said. The lawyer criticized what he called a string of leaks by investigators that he said were part of a rush to portray his client as guilty and propofol as the cause of Jackson’s death. 

“From the beginning, they leaked that propofol killed him,” Chernoff said. “It has appeared the investigation was designed to support a conclusion they already made with regard to Dr. Murray.” 

At least five other doctors have been investigated by the LAPD and DEA in connection with the Jackson case, though Murray is the only one to be publicly identified as a strong person of interest in the case, the Times said. 

Chernoff added that it was clear to him from the searches of Murray’s properties in Las Vegas and Houston that investigators thought drugs other than propofol played a role in Jackson’s death and that officials were looking for evidence that Murray prescribed Jackson other medications. “I have no doubt they came up completely empty in that regard,” he said. Chernoff has refused to comment on whether Murray administered propofol to Jackson, but has strongly denied that the doctor supplied any painkillers to the pop star. 

A spokesperson for Chernoff also told CNN that Dr. Murray did not conduct any prior drug tests on Jackson and thus had no way of knowing, other than what the singer told him, whether Jackson was taking other drugs.

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