Fort Worth

April 14, 2014

Woman accuses Cabaret North manager of rape, sues owners

In a civil suit, a former waitress at the strip club says Cabaret North management knew about a manager’s “propensity toward violent and criminal behavior.” The manager’s criminal trial is set for May.

A former waitress at a north Fort Worth strip club who has accused her former supervisor of raping her at knifepoint is suing the club, saying it has a duty to provide employees with reasonably safe place to work.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe in the suit filed this month in Tarrant County civil court, asserts that owners of Cabaret North should have known that Keith McGriff, manager of the wait staff, had a history of violence.

McGriff, 29, was indicted in September on a charge of sexual assault with a deadly weapon, and his trial is scheduled for May 19. He was released from the Tarrant County Jail on $25,000 bail.

The Star-Telegram does not identify accusers in sexual assault cases.

McGriff’s attorney, Zach Redington, could not be reached for comment.

Cabaret North, described on its website as a “gentleman’s club,” is a subsidiary of Rick’s Cabaret International, which is based in Houston. Gary Fishman, a spokesman for Rick’s Cabaret International, said it is company policy not to comment on litigation.

Attorneys for the former waitress did not return calls seeking comment.

In her suit, the former waitress said that in April 2012 McGriff offered to give her a ride. Instead, the suit asserts, McGriff drove the woman to an open field, pulled her from his car, tore off her clothes and raped her repeatedly at knifepoint. The woman eventually fled and got help, the suit states.

According to the suit, Rick’s Cabaret International and Cabaret North had a duty to protect the safety of its employees and to provide a reasonably safe place to work. The nightclub intentionally hired McGriff although the company knew of his “propensity toward violent and criminal behavior,” the suit states.

The woman is seeking damages from Rick’s Cabaret International and Cabaret North. The amount was not stated.

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