Another man beaten at the Crazy Horse Too
"An officer at the
scene said that club employees showed restraint." - LV
If Crazy Horse employees showed "restraint"
last Monday, it was for
the first time in history!
(L to R): Scott
Soula, and Kirk
INSIDE VEGAS by
April 25, 2005
LAS VEGAS - A
California man was
beaten Monday after he refused to sign a blank credit card slip. 39
Royal Jackson had recently undergone
gastric bypass surgery and wore braces on his teeth, but that didn't
stop six Crazy Horse Too employees from beating and kicking
him according to eyewitnesses.
As with others who were past victims of beatings by Crazy Horse
employees, it was Jackson who was arrested for assault and booked into
the Clark County
Detention Center. After his release Tuesday morning, Jackson returned
to California and looked
up "Crazy Horse Too" on Google.com.
He saw my many AmericanMafia.com
articles on the
subject and decided to send me this E-mail:
Hi Mr. Miller:
the patron at Crazy Horse Two who was
beat up outside the club for refusing to sign a charge bill I had not
even started. Can you please contact me on what I can do, if I can
press charges. Also the police who arrested me denied me medical
attention and held me for 3 hours before booking me.
I responded immediately and asked for details because the local
news media had been told only one side of the story (reprinted later in
this column) -- a side told to reporters by a police officer on the
scene who described a much different Royal Jackson.
For the first time, here is Mr. Jackson's version of what happened:
Steve, This is what I remember happening on
Monday, April 19, 2005 at the Crazy Horse Too Strip Club.
My brother and I had just come from Nikki Lee's Pub on Sunset, and we
went into the Crazy Horse Too Strip Club. My brother was driving since
I left my truck at Nikki Lee's. Prior to entering the club, I gave the
valet $20.00 to leave us up front, so we could have our car ready as
soon as possible. Once entering the club, we sat down at the closest
seats to the door, because those were available. I went to the bar and
gave the bartender my credit card and Driver’s License.
The bartender came back and said you need to sign this before I can
give you your drinks. I said that is insane. I said I have been here
before, and never had to sign before buying anything. That is when the
bartender became abusive. I defended myself and said the same things to
him, then he came over and started arguing with me. That is when my
brother said: “ Royal I will pay for the drinks,” and I said: “No Tyke,
we don't have to put up with this.” That is when the manager came over
and told us to leave.
So when we got up to leave the bartender followed
us out. Then the manager came over and started pushing me. He pushed me
three times, and then I defended myself. That is when the bartender
came over with another guy and we started to tussle. I grabbed the
chafing dish tray tops and threw them at them, that is when I was
grabbed from behind by someone, and was thrown outside.
next few minutes were a blur. I was hit from all sides by so many
people it became a blur. The next thing I knew I was on the ground, and
covering up so as to not get hit hard in the face.
That is when I saw my brother step back in and push some guys
off me, and then I was able to get back up. That is when the police
The police grabbed me with the bouncer. One of the bouncers had me in a
headlock while the police arrested me. That is when I was put in the
police car and the police officer put my cuffs on so tight, they were
cutting the circulation off from my fingers. The officer kept me over
at the Strip Club for another two hours, I thought he was going to let
me out and let them finish the job. So I told him to take me to the
police station. The paramedics came, and they looked at my face, and
determined that my mouth was all swollen due to my braces. I informed
them that my braces cut only in the inside,
not the outside, they refused to look at me. It seemed like he waited
another hour and then we left. Once I got to the detainment facility,
there was a nurse and 8 police officers there to arrest me, the lead
officer was good, he told me not to be hostile.
I assured the officer that I didn't want any more trouble, so I
cooperated with the officer. I was taken in the booking facility, and
was forced to sit there for a
while. They booked everyone else, and my arresting officer came back
after another hour. I complained about my cuffs, and finally someone
listened and they were loosened up. After another hour one of the
booking agents, said: “What are we going to do with him?” That is when
one of the other officers said, they were not going to book me, and
then the officer who arrested me came in and said: “Yes we are.” So
then I went through the
The nurse who was supposed to look at
me, came over and said: “He smells like alcohol,” and then walked away.
They put me in a separate cell away from everyone else, where the phone
was broken, and I sat there contemplating my situation. They brought me
back out and I talked to the nurse. She was more interested in that I
had gastric bypass surgery than taking care of my face and my swollen
hands. I told her the cost of my surgery and she just sighed. Next they
took me to where the rest of the inmates were. If not for their help in
understanding the booking process and getting a bail bonds man, I would
have been in there for a while since this was the first time I got
arrested. I was released at 4 in the morning,
still bloody, swollen, tired, and contemplating what an ordeal I had
just been through. I was just glad I was alive.
I caught a cab from the Golden Nugget, back to
Nikki Lee's, where I went in and saw Patrick the bartender, and he
informed me how my face looked, and I told him what happened and went
to a friend's house to rest up and to return to
Court documents reveal that
Jackson's beating was one of many over the years that involved Crazy
Horse employees ganging up on a customer while club owners and managers
watched. No club employee has ever been prosecuted for participating in
such a beating.
currently am a University of Nevada Las Vegas graduate, and am in the
Kappa Alpha Phi Fraternity. -- Royal Jackson
Bella, another witness for the plaintiff, said he was driving north on
Industrial past the Crazy Horse when he noticed a large group of men in
front of the club. Bella, who works for a local paving company, was on
his way to work when he noticed a man on the ground, surrounded by a
group of men all wearing black pants, he testified. He called 911.
'There was one guy on the ground kind of curled up in a ball,' he said.
'It looked like he was trying to protect himself.'"
- Las Vegas SUN
, January 9, 2003
Bella was describing to a jury the beating of Scott David Fau who in
1995 died of blunt force trauma several hours after his encounter with
A troubling fact is
that most of the men who have been beaten at the Crazy Horse were of
color, and all told a similar
Rizzolo (facing camera) stands by as Jackson (third from right) is
taken into custody. (Photo by Buffalo
(L to R) Rick Rizzolo listens as
bouncer tells officers how he was
"assaulted." Jackson (second from right) listens attentively.
(Photo by Buffalo
(L to R) Crazy Horse
employees Greg Liosi (smiling), Rocco
unidentified parking attendant (smiling), and Al
joke as Jackson is arrested.
(Photo by Buffalo Jim
Reporters from the Las Vegas
SUN and KLAS TV News
did not interview Jackson or the three eyewitnesses. Instead they
concentrated on interviewing a policeman who was not
to the beating, but still had much to say in defense of the club's
The Las Vegas SUN on
April 19 reported: "Police
the incident started when 39-year-old Royal Jackson of Las Vegas became
'verbally aggressive' toward a bartender at the club.
Jackson continued to argue, a club manager tried to calm him but
Jackson continued to shout and yell at the bartender and the manager, police said
. As Jackson moved toward the door, he
overturned several warming trays on a buffet table, upending a can of
Sterno that sparked a small fire in the carpet that was quickly doused
by club employees, police said.
Jackson then allegedly jumped
on the bartender and the fight spilled onto the street, police said. An officer at the scene said that club employees showed
restraint when handling
Jackson. Jackson is now charged with assault, police said."
Since 1998, a small group of LVMPD officers
have been suspected of receiving sexual
favors from the Crazy Horse in exchange for minimizing or omitting
information unfavorable to the club in police and news reports. This
may have occurred in this case.
Possibly for that reason, on Friday following the assault, Jackson and
the eyewitnesses were interviewed by Special Agents of the FBI's
Organized Crime Task Force.
ended their April 19
story with: "The federal government
has been investigating the Crazy Horse Too for more than a decade in a
racketeering probe. According to indictments of two of the club's
current or former employees, the club allegedly used strong-arm tactics on customers to squeeze
as much money out of them as possible
Kenneth Kirtpatrick told police he and several friends went to the club
May 24 for a bachelor party. Kirkpatrick said club security threatened him, knocked him
to the ground and punched and kicked him. Kirkpatrick told
police he was handcuffed and felt hands in his pockets... Four Crazy
Horse Too employees were charged with robbery, battery and conspiracy
to commit robbery and coercion in that case."
(The Clark County District
Attorney refused to prosecute
While the beatings continue unabated
its reported that Crazy Horse owner Rick Rizzolo may be trying to cut a
deal with the feds to keep his brother, sister, and father from being
prosecuted. Its expected that part of the deal will also include the
permanent closing of the Crazy Horse. However, plaintiffs in two
lawsuits pending against him and the club are watching to see if he
tries to liquidate or transfer his assets before trial.
Attorneys representing Kirk Henry in his attempted murder lawsuit, and
attorneys for Crazy Horse neighbor Buffalo Jim Barrier who is suing
Rizzolo for harassment
have learned that Rizzolo may currently be trying to sell
the club and property
. If he were allowed to do so prior to trial,
assets that may be used to pay judgments could be jeopardized. Within
the next week, the plaintiffs are expected to ask the court for writs
of injunction to prevent any sale until civil and criminal cases are
With that said, I'll give Mr. Rizzolo the last word.
"Unfortunately, Mr. Miller attacks more than just enemies; he mocks
the public, the public's intelligence, and real journalism. With this
unethical twisting of the truth, Mr. Miller... disgrace(s) even Yellow
, October 9, 2001
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