Sam Moore accused of threatening police officer

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A new charge tonight against a Shockoe Bottom strip club owner. Club Velvet owner Sam Moore is accused of threatening a Richmond police officer over the phone. He was arrested late last week and released on a $2,000 bond. Moore's attorney Michael Morchower calls the whole incident "more than ridiculous."

From a giant sign of President Obama on the front of his infamous Club Velvet; To serving jail time for contributing to the delinquency of a minor; Sam Moore is no stranger to controversy.

Tonight he's out on bond, accused of making a threat to a Richmond police officers over the phone.

The incident happened on January 12th around 6:30 at night. Prosecutors say Moore threatened violence against the officer.

Sam Moore's attorney says the police officer actually initiated the call on behalf of one of Moore's employees. Attorney Michael Morchower questions the officer's motives for allegedly getting involved in an employee/employer dispute.

Prosecutors would not describe the phone call or what kind of threat was allegedly made against the officer. Richmond Police have also declined to comment.

This new charge comes as Moore is waiting word from the State ABC board on whether his Club Velvet will lose its liquor license. In a November hearing, undercover ABC agents testified they witnessed several people having sex in the club, underage drinking and other alcohol violations.

According to an ABC spokesperson this new charge does not affect the current hearing or decision that will be rendered soon.

The phone threat charge against Moore is a misdemeanor. If convicted he faces up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

This latest charge will be heard in court in March.

The ABC board has until Monday to render its decision.

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