ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- The city liquor commission plans to pull the plug on a local club after undercover police bust an alleged sex club operating inside.
Undercover St. Louis police and liquor control officers describe a public orgy inside the Red 7 Club in south St. Louis last weekend. An anonymous letter tipped them off.
When the officers went into the "couples only" party, they discovered several women in cages wearing only unbuttoned shirts with nothing underneath, couples fondling each other and groups having oral sex -- some recorded on cell phones.
On Monday, the bar's co-owner claims to have seen none of this, but the police officers' reports beg to differ.
Police say a man from St. Louis Adult Connections told them that the swingers club has been using Red 7 Club every month for the last 10 months. It's the type of party, where "anything goes, but no means no."
Adults consenting to sex is not the problem, but sex acts in a city liquor-licensed business is. Police ticketed a patron for lewd behavior and charged the co-owner for allowing it to happen.
Now that the bar has been exposed, owners have two options: surrender their liquor license or take it to a hearing. City officials say if the bar surrenders its license voluntarily, the owners would still be allowed to apply for new licenses in the future to open new establishments. However, Red 7 would not be allowed to reopen.
If the license is revoked after a hearing, owners would not be allowed to get another city liquor license.
The owners of Red 7 are consulting with lawyers and will make a decision soon.