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Chicago company seeks to buy Crazy Horse Too

A company managed by Christopher Condotti of Chicago is seeking to buy the now defunct Crazy Horse Too, a topless club at 2476 Industrial Road, according to a lawsuit filed today in Clark County District Court.

The plaintiff, CC Holdings, is managed by CC Management, which identified Condotti as its manager. Under Nevada laws, the companies aren’t required to identify company owners in records filed with the Nevada secretary of state’s office.

CC Holdings signed an asset purchase agreement on Aug. 28 with the U.S. Marshals Service, which has overseen the closed strip club, according to the lawsuit.

The Chicago company is suing Russell Road Food and Beverage, a company that does business as Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club of 3522 W. Russell Road.

The potential owner claims the Russell Road business infringed on the Crazy Horse Too trademark when it began using the Crazy Horse name.

The defendants’ business “is confusingly similar in sight, sound and meaning” to the Crazy Horse Too trademark, according to the lawsuit filed by attorney Bart Larsen.

Peter Rinato, an attorney associated with Larsen at Rosenfeld Roberson, earlier today said he was prevented by a confidentiality agreement from disclosing the price offered for the closed club.

The lawsuit seeks damages and an injunction against the Russell Road company for use of the Crazy Horse name. The lawsuit is the latest development in the Crazy Horse Too, which was shut down three years ago after its owner, Rick Rizzolo, and 17 of his former employees pleaded guilty to felonies.

Rizzolo owned the club for 20 years before he served 10 months in prison for income tax evasion. Things started to come unraveled at the club in 2001 after Kirk Henry, a salesman from Kansas, suffered a broken neck in a fight at the club and was paralyzed from his chest down.

Henry said a dispute over an $80 tab led a Crazy Horse employee to attack him. Club representatives claimed that Henry was hurt when he fell down after hours of drinking.

Two weeks later, police served search warrants on the strip club and seized business records. The FBI also took records from the Crazy Horse.

Henry’s attorneys, Donald Campbell and Stan Hunterton, claimed that the topless bar employed ex convicts with criminal histories of battery, robbery, extortion, fraud and drug dealing. Some had ties to organized crime, the attorneys said in court papers.

The attorneys later identified the attacker as Bobby D’Apice, who was a boyfriend of porn star Marilyn Chambers. The 17 employees of the club in 2006 pleaded guilty to crimes, including conspiracy to defraud the federal government. D’Apice pleaded guilty to conspiracy related to racketeering.

Rizzolo has been a large political contributor, and former Las Vegas City Councilman Michael McDonald was a friend of Rizzolo. The Marshals Service seized the club in September 2007, but Rizzolo was permitted to use money from the club’s sale to pay debts. The debts include a $9 million judgment in favor of Henry. Rizzolo owes the federal government $7 million in fines and forfeiture. A California bank that loaned $5 million to Rizzolo also is a creditor.

The Marshals Service declined to comment about any sales negotiations. Before CC Holdings can reopen the strip club, it must obtain a liquor license Las Vegas, but the city has received no license application for Crazy Horse Too.

Contact reporter John G. Edwards at jedwards@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0420.

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