D. Houston, Inc., owner of Treasures Houston Club, filed a
lawsuit in the U.S. District Court alleging Nirja Sharma Aiyer, Senior
Assistant City Attorney and Matthew Dexter, a Houston Police Officer
violated its First Amendment rights and alleges a gross disregard of its
due process rights.
In the eighteen-page lawsuit, Casey Wallace, attorney for D. Houston,
Inc., documents many instances of purported misconduct by the police
department and the city attorneys office. Treasures, the club
owned by D. Houston Inc., has been raided by the City of Houston Police
Department repeatedly, making Treasures a leading target for
alleged harassment for over a decade.
A cursory review of public records shows that the City has maintained a
decade long campaign of alleged harassment against Treasures. For
example the lawsuit documents 141 arrests of entertainers at Treasures
on trumped-up chargestrumped-up evidenced by the fact that 130 of the
cases were dismissed and the 11 remaining resulted in acquittals.
D. Houston, Inc., through its attorney, Mr. Wallace states, This is an
action for money damages, declaratory judgment and injunctive relief for
violations of equal protection, due process and free speech for
conspiracy to interfere with civil rights and obstruction of justice.
Treasures employs more than 1100 Houston residents and pays
considerable taxes to the city and the state as a result of its