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25 March 2019

Sex acts and cocaine use lead to life ban for former strip club boss

Issued by the NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority

The former licensee of the Dollhouse strip club in Potts Point has been banned from the liquor industry for life for allowing frequent cocaine use and sexual activity between strippers and patrons.

The NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority has also fined Mr Ulysses Flevotomos $10,000 and banned him from being a close associate of any NSW liquor licensee for 10 years.

The Authority has described Mr Flevotomos’s offending as one of the worst records of non-compliance it has ever dealt with.

The penalty follows a complaint from NSW Police which details numerous serious liquor licence breaches between 2014 and 2017 when Mr Flevotomos was licensee of the Kellett St venue.

In 2014, the venue changed its business model from the Iguana restaurant/nightclub to a strip club with female strippers performing striptease and podium dancing on a stage and in private rooms.

Licence conditions banned physical contact between strippers and patrons, and required strippers to wear at least a g-string when not on stage.

CC-TV footage seized by police shows numerous instances of naked or near naked strippers and patrons engaging in sexual activity including oral sex, fondling and kissing.

CC-TV also captured numerous instances of strippers and patrons snorting cocaine in private rooms. In some cases, the cocaine had been supplied to patrons by strippers or other staff.

Authority chair Philip Crawford said Mr Flevotomos was found to be “not fit or proper” to ever hold a liquor licence again, and has also been banned permanently from entering Dollhouse.

“Life bans are reserved for the most serious offending and this case clearly falls into that category,” Mr Crawford said.

“As licensee, Mr Flevotomos showed a blatant disregard for the law by allowing a culture of indecent conduct and illegal drug use to thrive at the venue.”

Mr Flevotomos has 11 court convictions for liquor licence breaches during his tenure as licensee of Dollhouse. The venue has not incurred any licence breaches since Mr Flevotomos was replaced as licensee in 2017.

Read ILGA’s full decision here.

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