Cassie Nova speaks: DMN shares video of S4 show director (and DV columnist)

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Cassie Nova

It was shortly before 2 a.m., EST, on Sunday, June 12 when a gunman walked into the Orlando nightclub Pulse with a semi-automatic assault rifle and started shooting, killing 49 people and wounding 53 more before police killed him.

Less than 24 hours later, Cassie Nova (aka James Love) and the other performers at Station 4 took to the stage in The Rose Room, doing their part to help Dallas’ LGBT community move forward in the wake of tragedy.

Dallas Morning News reporter Naomi Martin interviewed Cassie for this article on her feelings about Orlando shooting and the country’s reactions to it. The paper also posted the video below.

Cassie is a regular contributing columnist for Dallas Voice, and we wanted to say nice job Cassie Nova. We’re proud of you, and proud to have you as a Dallas Voice contributor.

—  Tammye Nash

DVtv: Tiffany, Debbie Gibson light up 11th annual MetroBall

Debbie

Brad Pritchett and Israel Luna took DVtv to S4 on Friday night to talk to 80s pop princesses Debbie Gibson and Tiffany who performed at the 11th annual MetroBall, benefitting the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund.

—  Tammye Nash

UPDATE: Rape victim speaks out

The woman attacked inside a bathroom stall at S4 over the weekend told Dallas Voice today (Tuesday, Jan. 19), that the attack “went way beyond sexual assault. It was a rape.”

Prince Karim

Prince Karim, suspect in rape at S4

The young woman, whose name is being withheld for her privacy, said she went to the Cedar Springs nightclub Saturday night, Jan. 16, with her female fiancee and her fiancee’s co-worker. She had become separated from them in the crowd when she met Prince Karim, a 31-year-old Middle Eastern man that she assumed — based on the way he was dressed, his hairstyle and the fact that he was in a gay bar — was a gay man.

The woman said she and Karim went out onto the S4 patio to smoke, and that while they were there, she realized that he was not gay and that he was hitting on her. “He told me he loves black women [the victim is black] and that he isn’t gay. He asked me if I had thought he was gay and if he looked gay. I told him yes, and that if he didn’t want people to think he was gay, maybe he should dress differently.”

The woman said she went back inside the club then to try to get away from Karim, but that he followed her inside. She said she was on her phone, calling and texting her fiancee and their friend to tell them he was following her and she had become afraid of him. When she couldn’t find her fiancee right away, the woman said she went into the bathroom — not realizing it was a unisex bathroom — to try and escape Karim.

“But he started following me inside. I pushed him out and said, ‘You can’t come in here,'” the woman said. “But he followed me in.”

She said she went into the stall and stood with her back to the door to keep him out. But Karim, she said, then crawled underneath the wall and into the stall with her, where he raped her. “They are saying it was a sexual assault,” the distraught woman said. “This goes way beyond just an assault. This was rape.”

The woman reported the assault to S4 security personnel who found Karim and held him until police arrived. He was jailed at Dallas County Jail on $25,000 bond, but appears to have posted bond and been released.

The victim said that Karim told her he lives in Los Angeles and was visiting Dallas “just partying with his cousin.” However, a public records search incidates that a man named Prince Karim, with the same birthdate as the arrested suspect, lives in an apartment in Southwest Arlington and has a Texas driver’s license.

The victim also said that the photo of Karim supplied by Dallas police “is not the same photo of him that they gave me. That’s not what he looked like that night. It’s not what he looked like when he was arrested.” (The photo with this post is the photo provided by Dallas police. We will update the post with the other photo once we receive it.)

 

Dallas PD’s LGBT Liaison Officer Laura Martin has pointed out that “sexual assault” and “rape” are two different terms for the same thing. “Sexual assault” is the penal code language for “rape,” and any forced sexual contact is considered rape. For a complete legal definition, check here, and scroll down Section 22.011.

—  Tammye Nash

Man arrested for sexual assault at S4

Prince Karim

Prince Karim

Dallas police have arrested a 31-year-old for sexually assaulting a woman inside a Cedar Springs nightclub early Sunday morning, Jan. 17.

Police said Prince Karim, a Middle Eastern man, met the woman at S4 and sexually assaulted her inside the club “where he was later apprehended.” Karim was charged with sexual assault, a 2nd degree felony. He was jailed, with  bond was set at $25,000. A search of the Dallas County Jail records on Tuesday morning did not locate Karim among the jail’s inmates, indicating he likely has posted bond and been released.

Gregg Kilhoffer, president of Caven Enterprises, which owns and operates S4, said Tuesday that after being assaulted, the victim went club security personnel who found Karim inside the club and held him until police arrived.

Killhofer said he doesn’t know any details about the incident and is waiting for police to contact him with more information. He did, however, criticize a report published by Dallas Morning News calling the incident a “rape.” “It was a sexual assault, but we have no indication that it was a rape,” Kilhoffer noted.

Dallas Voice has left a message with a police spokesman seeking more information.

—  Tammye Nash

’80s pop stars Debbie Gibson, Tiffany to headline 2016 MetroBall

Debbie GibsonThe Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, which puts on the annual MetroBall party and fundraiser each spring, announced the artists for its 2016 event this morning. 1980s pop  icons Debbie Gibson, pictured, and Tiffany, will both appear at Station 4 at the MetroBall on June 3.

This continues the GDMAF’s trend of featuring singers from ’80s — last year the Go-Go’s frontwoman Belinda Carlisle performed, and Andy Bell of Erasure the year before that. Tickets are now on sale here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

AIDS Arms offers pop-up HIV testing locations this week

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Dr. John Carlo

National HIV Testing Day is Saturday, June 27, and AIDS Arms Inc. is honoring the day with pop-up locations for free HIV testing in Oak Lawn and in Cockrell Hill, beginning Thursday, June 25.

While AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was, it is still a pandemic,and its impact on individuals and families is staggering. The best way to fight it, says Dr. John T. Carlo, AIDS Arms’ CEO, is to educate ourselves and to know our sero-status.

“By getting tested, a person can find out whether he or she needs life-saving medications,” Dr. Carlo said, noting that these free HIV testing events provide the “ideal opportunity to take this important step in preserving the health, safety and lives of loved ones.”

The tests at AIDS Arms National HIV Testing Day events are “fast (results can be available in as quick as 60 seconds), free and performed in a confidential manner,” according to an AIDS Arms press release.

NHTD pop-up testing locations are:

• Thursday, June 25, 3-7 p.m. at Walgreen’s, 3802 Cedar Springs Road.

• Thursday, June 25, 3-7 p.m. at Walgreen’s, 8120 S. Cockrell Hill Road.

• Thursday, June 25, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Havana’s, 4006 Cedar Springs Road

• Friday, June 26, 3-7 p.m. at Walgreen’s, 3802 Cedar Springs Road.

• Friday, June 26, 3-7 p.m. at Walgreen’s, 8120 S. Cockrell Hill Road.

• Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. p.m. at Walgreen’s, 3802 Cedar Springs Road.

• Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. at Walgreen’s, 8120 S. Cockrell Hill Road.

• Sunday, June 28, 11 p.m.-3 a.m., Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road.

—  Tammye Nash

PHOTOS: Miss LifeWalk pageant 2014

 

Photos by Arnold Wayne Jones

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Giveaway! Win tickets to BearDance

IMG_7387The fifth annual Texas Bear Round Up BearDance boogies into Station 4 on Friday night (we have an interview with hunky San Francisco DJ John LePage in Friday’s print edition), but you can get tickets early — we’re giving away some pairs to Dallas Voice readers!

Simply email me at lifestyle@DallasVoice.com with the subject line BearDance, and then something memorable, like “I wanna grow a bear!” or growl at me or something. And if I pick you, you get two tickets!

So do it ASAP. All winners will be notified NO LATER than 10 a.m. Friday, and you MUST be available to come by Voice offices (4145 Travis, Suite 300) between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday to pick them up. If you can’t we’ll give ’em to someone else!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dallas Voice staffer brings Station 4 pickpockets to justice

Chad

After he used an app to track down his stolen iPhone and called police, Chad snapped this photo of DPD officers taking the suspects into custody.

One of our sales reps here at Dallas Voice, Chad Mantooth, fell victim to pickpockets on the dancefloor of Station 4 on Friday night. As those of us who look through police reports regularly know, this is an all-too-common occurrence. (I would avoid taking your wallet to the club – but if you do, carry it in your front pocket.)

While what happened to Chad is common, what makes his story unusual is that he subsequently took the law into his own hands and tracked down the thieves — who are now facing charges. And thanks to him there are a few less pickpockets in the Cedar Springs gay bars. Below is the real-life, gay-on-gay crime story as Chad tells it:

—  John Wright

Woman arrested at S4 after striking security guard with stiletto heel

Janissa Laurice Ford

A woman was arrested early Friday morning at Station 4 after she hit a security guard in the face with her stiletto shoe while he tried to take her out of the club.

Janissa Laurice Ford, 21, of Arlington was arrested around 3 a.m. for causing a disturbance at the club, according to Dallas police incident report.

Ford was allegedly intoxicated and was with two other women when a 22-year-old security guard came to remove her from the club. She then took her 3-inch high heel and struck him in the face, the report states.

The stiletto heel left scratches on the right side of the security guard’s face. He was treated at the scene.

Ford was arrested for assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony. She was in custody at the Dallas Council jail on a $3,000 bond.

—  Dallasvoice