Comedian Lucas Entertainment and the Black River Entertainment Group, which owns the Red River Casino Resort and Casino in North Carolina, have been rocked by a scandal that involves the entertainment industry, its stars and its top executives.
The entertainment company and its star performers have been the target of accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct, including accusations of physical violence and sexual assault, by more than 100 women and men.
The accusations, which have been made against some of the stars, have also been made publicly against the company and the women, including a former casino employee who alleges that the entertainers forced her to perform sexual acts and that she witnessed a casino employee force another woman to perform oral sex on him.
Black River Entertainment, founded by comedian Lucas, has been in trouble with regulators and law enforcement since it opened in 2010.
A review of federal data shows the company is in the midst of an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is subject to more than 50 state investigations.
We have suspended our entire booking and event business.” “
In light of these allegations, we have terminated our relationship with all of our performers and all of their agents, and are currently working through our legal options.
We have suspended our entire booking and event business.”
The company said in a statement that it has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and will cooperate fully with law enforcement.
“We deeply regret any harm that this has caused to anyone and will fully cooperate with the authorities and any relevant agencies in any investigation,” the statement said.
According to the SEC, Black River has been under investigation for two years for allegedly violating securities laws, violations of its own rules and rules and regulations and for violating the terms of its licenses.
On Friday, it was announced that a grand jury had been convened in North Dakota to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against a former employee of Black River, a former Black River employee and a former Red River employee.
The company did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
A source with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on Friday that the investigation is focused on the Red and Black River parties, which are operated by the same company.
It is not known if any charges have been brought.
Former casino employee Nicole Feltman said she was at a Black River party in May 2017 and was assaulted by several male entertainers.
Felt, who has since moved to New York City, said she left the party in a taxi and was unable to leave the casino and never returned.
An associate of Felt said in an email to The Associated News that a former entertainment executive at Black River and the Red Rivers said she knew the entertainer and that he was a regular at the casino.
Feltman, who is in her 20s, said in the email that she and her friends were dancing on a rooftop deck and were sexually assaulted by a group of men.
At the time, she said, she was “in shock” and “in disbelief.”
She was able to get to the Red, but she said she felt her breasts were sore from the assault.
She said she filed a police report the following day, but it did not involve the entertaines or Black River.
She said she did not want to pursue charges because she did so feel like she had “nothing left to lose.”
She later wrote to The AP to tell the news outlet that she did pursue criminal charges, but the allegations against the entertainments and Black Rivers were never pursued by law enforcement or prosecutors.
During the news conference Friday, Lucas Chairman and CEO Larry Broussard said the company had reached a settlement with the woman who filed the sexual harassment complaint and is cooperating fully with authorities.
Broussart said the entertainment company has taken steps to address the problems that have emerged.
He declined to discuss details of the settlement, including the amount of money paid to the woman, but he said he would not reveal details because it would be improper to do so.
One of the parties involved in the complaint against Feltmann, who said she has since left the casino, said on Friday the settlement had not been reached and the matter had been resolved.
As for the former Red and Blue Rivers employee, the associate said Felt was the star of Black Rain, a show that has been cancelled due to the allegations.
When asked about the alleged sexual harassment allegations, Lucis Entertainment CEO Larry S. Brouson said the business had reached an agreement with the alleged victim and that the company was working through the matter.
Lucas Entertainment did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Review.
Red River Entertainment also did not comment on the allegations, but said in its statement that the matter was not a part of the company.