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D.C. seizes popular strip club over back taxes

Friday - 11/22/2013, 10:43am  ET

The District's tax office has seized the Stadium Club strip joint from its owner, James Redding, over a large back tax bill related to a business the government has already shut down.

Redding, as TBM Holdings LLC, owns both the popular Stadium Club, a strip club at 2127 Queens Chapel Road NE, and the shuttered TruOrleans on H Street NE.

According to the Office of Tax and Revenue, Redding owes D.C. more than $100,000 in sales and use taxes that he collected at TruOrleans but did not remit to the District. OTR shut down TruOrleans in September.

"Under DC law, Mr. Redding is personally responsible for the delinquent sales tax debt and OTR is able to take enforcement action against any of his assets, in this case the Stadium Club," according to a release.

Natalie Wilson, OTR spokeswoman, said the Stadium Club is closed. The District government will not run the strip club as a means of collecting the debt.

"We will not operate it and collect the revenue," Wilson said. "We will sell the assets to pay the outstanding debt."

What's a used stripper pole worth, anyway?

There is time for Redding to pay up, Wilson said, but it's unclear how much time.

No one answered the phone at TBM Holdings or The Stadium Club.

Update

The Washington City Paper is reporting that The Stadium Club is in the process of being sold to out-of-town investors, per contractor Keith Forney of Forney Enterprises, an investor in the strip club.

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