Zax Kids Club sued for $10 million over sex-tape charges
The Zax kids’ club in Ohio has sued its former owner, alleging the sexual exploitation of underage girls was rampant, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
The lawsuit filed last month says the former owner of the popular nightclub, which has been shuttered since the 2016 shooting, sexually exploited more than 20 girls, including at least one who was forced to perform oral sex on him.
The allegations include sexual battery, unlawful imprisonment and abuse of minors.
A federal judge granted the club’s request to move the case to a jury trial, saying that a jury was not necessary to reach a conclusion.
“The defendants’ conduct is outrageous, offensive, unconscionable and inhumane,” the lawsuit reads.
“These actions are a gross violation of the defendants’ rights as parents, employees and students.”
In February 2017, the club reopened after a two-year closure.
The club’s website says it is “a non-denominational, non-commercial, Christian, nonreligious, nonpolitical, noncommercial, nonmember, nonaffiliated, noncustodial family-friendly club dedicated to all things religious and good.”
The club was founded in 2007 and featured a music program and an adult entertainment venue.
The suit also alleges that Zax was closed by Columbus police because of the threats made by the former club’s owner and a former director, who are also named in the suit.
“We’re trying to do everything we can to protect these children, our neighbors, and the people of Columbus,” said David J. Fennell, attorney for the Zax family.
“They are victims, and they deserve to have their day in court.”
The suit alleges that “at least two of the girls, as well as at least four other girls were forced to engage in a sexual act with Defendant Defendant.”
Zax and the former staff of the club have denied any wrongdoing.
The Columbus Dispatch reported last month that Zox had fired former staff and was considering firing a director, citing “further allegations.”