Last call at Club Velvet, folks.
Sam Moore, Richmond's most notorious and least favorite son has served his last beer. The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, in a tersely worded decision issued late Thursday, has revoked immediately Moore's license to serve alcoholic beverages.
Criminal defense lawyer Michael Morchower, who represented Moore in the criminal proceedings but not on the ABC matter, had not yet heard the decision when contacted by Style Weekly.
"Oh, Jesus!" Morchower said, informed of the ABC Board's decision to revoke Moore's liquor license. Moore did not immediately respond to calls for comment. Despite other published reports, Morchower said his client had yet to decide whether to appeal.
The decision comes after more than a year of Moore in the media spotlight, documenting various scrapes with both the Virginia ABC Board and the Richmond Police Department. Troubles began in 2008 with a spectacular raid at Moore's 15th Street strip club, where ABC and Richmond Police officers culminated a months-long undercover investigation with a raid on the club.
In July of 2008, Moore did his time for offenses made public as a result of that raid, spending a few weeks in Richmond Jail after being convicted of sex with an underage girl and videotaping the escapade.
Since then, Moore has kept the spotlight trained on his Shockoe Bottom club, first with a banner opposing a baseball diamond down the street and later by bedecking the building with a massive banner depicting President Barack Obama in Joker makeup that enraged local black activists.
Just days ago Moore again made news this time for allegedly threatening a police officer during a telephone call.
Clearly the ABC has not been impressed. A full, graphic transcript of the decision may be found here. Reader discretion advised.