Damon Dash is under fire for allegedly selling liquor without a license at his former space DD172 in downtown Manhattan.
According to the Village Voice, Dash was hit with six counts of violating New York’s liquor code at his property, which just closed for operation last June.
In a legal document obtained by The Voice, it reads that the violations “were conducted in an open and notorious manner and the operators of this establishment appear to have evinced a ‘business as usual’ attitude in the subject premises.”
Located at 172 Duane Street, the building, which played host to various art events, jam sessions with rappers like Curren$y, Mos Def, Jim Jones and others, and parties, was considered a nuisance to many of the area’s residents.
“Damon Dash was a terrible neighbor,” one man, who wished to remain nameless, told The Voice. “It was always super loud, super noisy, tons of garbage in the street. All these 18-year-old kids smoking and drinking—real thugs. They were disrespectful to the neighborhood.”
When reached by XXLMag.com a rep for Dash offered no comment.
Stay tuned to XXL as the story develops. —Elan Mancini
Update: After a court appearance yesterday, a judge agreed to drop the charges, according to the Village Voice, as long as Dash and the owners of 172 Duane Street agree to abide by the liquor laws cooperate with police and provide security when hosting events in the future.