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Diamond Palace: Controversial downtown nightclub closes in deal with city of Cincinnati

City sought to close it as public nuisance

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CINCINNATI – The Diamond Place, a controversial downtown nightclub, has agreed to close immediately in a deal with city officials who had sued to shut it down as a public nuisance.

Club owners ceased operations Tuesday and agreed not to operate a sexually oriented business in the city for one year, city spokesperson Meg Olberding said.

In exchange, the city dropped criminal charges against the club. The operators were ordered to pay a $500 fine.

The club allowed nude and semi-nude dancing without a license, city officials claimed in seeking to close it.

Police said they made numerous runs to the club at Fifth and Elm streets for a wide range of problems, including fights, shots fired and disorderly conduct.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety issued citations for dirty fixtures and tables - and insects in liquor bottles, according to court documents.

Judge Melba Marsh brokered a deal with attorneys last month.

At the time, the clubs owners said they wanted to reopen somewhere else -- possibly in Camp Washington, where they could apply for a license for a sexually oriented business.

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