Attorneys: Dallas Nightclub Complex Is "Dangerous"

By Ken Kalthoff
|  Thursday, Jul 22, 2010  |  Updated 8:11 PM CDT
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Lawsuit Over "Dangerous" Clubs

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Crime victims have filed lawsuits against Dallas club complex Escapade.

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Lawsuit Over "Dangerous" Clubs

Crime victims are suing a Dallas club complex.
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Lawyers for crime victims who are suing a Dallas nightclub complex say depositions in the case reveal ongoing safety issues.

The lawsuits were filed last year over incidents at Escapade in 2008, including a sexual assault and a drunken-driving case.

The plaintiffs' attorneys say depositions from employees support concerns that safety problems still exist at the complex off Stemmons Freeway.

"Your life is in danger is you go to Club Escapade," said attorney Dominga Garcia. "The lives of people who are driving by when people leave Club Escapade and that entertainment complex are in extreme danger."

A 25-year-old woman who is suing Escapade said she and a friend were abducted from the parking lot in October 2008, taken to another parking lot and sexually assaulted.

"If there would have been somebody patrolling, a security officer, in the parking lot, they could have stopped all that from happening," the woman said.

NBCDFW.com generally does not identify victims of sexual assault.

Another lawsuit involves a fatal drunken-driving crash on Labor Day 2008 that killed German and Erika Clouet, of Irving.

Uriel Palacios was convicted on two counts of murder and sentenced last week to 99 years in prison.

A lawsuit filed against Escapade says Palacios was overserved at Escapade the night of the crash.

"They sell full bottles of alcohol to patrons," attorney Les Weisbrod said. "It's not very well-controlled. They really don't know how many people are drinking out of one bottle."

Escapade Club Corp. attorney James Lee issued a statement about the lawsuits.

"We have been and continue to be deeply concerned about their situations," he said. "However, at this time, since there are lawsuits pending in both matters, we cannot comment."

Dallas police say off-duty officers work the parking lots of the complex. A local watch commander said police are not seeing serious problems now.

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