Photo Credit: WJBK-FOX 2 Detroit

Dances on the pole apparently weren’t enough for the owners of the Penthouse Club on Detroit’s 8 Mile Road. According to Erica Tucker, a stripper at the club, her bosses wanted her to not only strip but prostitute her body as well.


“I went in there to get a job that I wasn’t proud of initially but it wasn’t a job where I was selling my body for money.”

Tucker says that working at Penthouse, her job was not only to strip and dance, but as she puts it, “become a modern day sex slave.” She says the club was straightforward in its intent to sell sexual favors as well as a sexual fantasy.

“Every girl in the building had a box of condoms…I actually saw someone giving oral in the club.”

Tucker says that when she refused to perform sexual acts, she was fired by club management. She has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Penthouse, asking the club’s owners to pay up in court.

But lawyers for the Penthouse say Tucker’s allegations are lies and that she is only suing the club for money. In fact, according to their version of the story Tucker was discharged for breaking the terms of her contract herself after she attempted to soliciting sex on the club property.


The legal battle between both sides is sure to be a messy one, but Tucker claims that she is not merely bringing the lawsuit for herself but for all the other women being subjected to the club’s informal policy.

“there needs to be some kind of rights for these girls. You know, I would never in my life dance again…the emotional scars…you can’t ever get that back.”

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  • Emelyne

    Not sure who to believe: both sides of the story are plausible and happen on a daily basis. I hope that this young lady is in the right and not merely trying to sue this establishment for some quick cash, while endangering the jobs and livelihood of other young women. As for the club, if they are right, and this woman wins the case, they risk bankruptcy as well as this setting a precedent for another stripper who’s seeing green. SMH

    • B

      You’re not sure who to believe? My two cents? Well, when someone gets as defensive as that club owner was in the video, that person is usually the one who is lying. Now, I know no more than you do, but just from the video, I’d be willing to bet some real money that the girl is telling the truth. And, also, just from what I know strip clubs, the girls are often pimped out on some level. Sad reality, but true.

      I’ll also say that as much as I understand your sentiment – neither one of us was there, so we don’t know what happened – I hate how we often refuse to give female victims (of sexual violence, etc.) the benefit of the doubt. I’m willing to give this girl the benefit of the doubt, and maybe I’m wrong for that. She looked truly believable to me, and she said, “I took a job that I wasn’t proud of,” so I can’t see why if she was lying, she’d risk the shame of bringing up these accusations on tv if they weren’t meritorious or true. Just my two cents, even though I feel where you are coming from.

    • Emelyne

      I am not victim blaming, merely expressing the fact that I do not know who they victim is and either side could be the truthful one. people also get defensive when the are wrongly accused and embarrassed, so his reaction is nothing to go by. Also, you’re assuming that I m against this woman simply because she is a woman, but I would have the very same reaction if she were a male stripper; you are the one assuming that because she is a woman, then she must be a victim.

  • MemphisKatieJ

    I wouldn’t be so quick to vilify her. Clubs are shut down here in Memphis all the time for this sort of thing. So much so that now they’re switching to cabaret style across the board instead of the “anything goes” style that it used to be. She’s right, someone needs to speak up for women put into these situations by people looking to pimp them out for a quick dollar. And by the way… The man in the video is the club’s attorney. For him to emphatically call her a liar then concede that there might be truth to some of her argument just means to me that he should probably keep quiet, build a stronger case, and stay out of the press until he figures out the best way to represent his clients. At this point, I want to believe her. But then again, this needs to work its way through the courts. She’ll have a hard time proving that sex acts took place unless she has pictures and video of these things occurring. No one ever just takes your word for it anymore. We need to discern the motive. I dont think it’s right to slap her with the “gold digger” label as of yet.