Suzanna Cou, Cheetahs' owner since 1989, lives on the east coast but is in San Diego providing testimony in an administrative hearing that will determine whether the San Diego Police Department had just cause to revoke Cheetahs' adult entertainment business license to operate.
“I do believe retaliation has something to do with this,” Cou said. "The revocation action took place after the entertainers filed an action against the police for unconstitutional conduct.”
Cou is referring to a vice raid on the club in March.
The dancers filed a lawsuit against the police department and the city claiming they were held against their will. They also said they were photographed head to toe and, in some cases, completely naked.
It was shortly after this claim was filed that Cheetahs received notice that its license was being revoked.
“Pretty much on a weekly basis, undercover squads were getting lap dances trying to proposition the girls," Cou said. “I believe it's a set up.”
The notice of revocation cites violations of the ‘no –touch law' -- something Cou vehemently denied. She said the city is giving her no recourse to address the violations.
"They are basically very focused on just shutting down Cheetahs," said Cou's attorney, Steve Hoffman. "I believe that is in retaliation for filing a claim for the unconstitutional search and seizure that the San Diego police carried out in March.”
Once the administrative law judge goes through all of the testimony, she will make the determination.
Cheetahs will remain open during the appeals.