Brooklyn nightclub Verboten has reportedly been seized by New York State authorities. According to a sign seen outside of the Williamsburg club, the establishment has been seized for "nonpayment of taxes."
Situated on 54 N 11th street in Brooklyn, the venue has been locked up by the state according to Billboard.
The notice, which can be seen below, posted by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance says, "This property has been seized for nonpayment of taxes, and is now in the possession of the state of New York. Any person who attempts to tamper or interfere with this property will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
Wishing the best to our friends & family at Verboten. They've given us a lot of great memories over the many years. pic.twitter.com/IdyoPHtNRI
— Hair Full Of Secrets (@RobbieLumpkin) March 31, 2016
Verboten has not made any public comment about the reported seizure. Everything appears status quo on their website as individuals can still buy tickets or make inquiries to buy tables for events tonight and over the next month.
Their show last night was moved at the last minute from Verboten to Halycon in rival Williamsburg club Output just a few blocks away.
This could be the nail in the coffin for embattled nightclub Verboten that has had a very rough year. It started out with the allegations by former business partners and investors that the owners Jen Schiffer and John Perez had failed to keep proper books, were withholding taxes from foreign DJs and did not pay state taxes.
A few months later a second lawsuit was filed by 16 current and former employees for sexual harassment, while also alleging racism on the part of the owners.
The club opener in 2014 and was met with positive reviews by clubbers who liked to space and the bookings that Verboten was bringing weekly. However it appears that mismanagement at the top is ruining what could have been a good thing. Hopefully they don't let that disco ball gather dust in some government storage facility forever.