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Cheetah's Topless Club is a "gentleman's club" or topless bar located in San Diego, and Las Vegas, best known for being featured in the 1995 movie Showgirls, and also for having been owned by Mike Galardi, a nightclub owner who was investigated by the FBI with a controversial invocation of the Patriot Act. The Cheetah's club in San Diego is a full nude club, no alcohol is served. It has achieved notoriety for having been frequented by some of the September 11 hijackers.
Las Vegas Club
The Las Vegas club was founded in 1991 by Michael Galardi, and employs about 150 dancers. In 2004, Galardi admitted in a San Diego federal trial that he bribed Las Vegas officials in an attempt to influence strip club regulations. In a Las Vegas federal court, he stated that he paid between $200,000 and $400,000.
The club is managed by Charles Wright, a retired professional wrestler best known for his stints in World Wrestling Entertainment as a voodoo witch doctor ("Papa Shango") and as a pimp ("The Godfather"), and was also part of the Nation of Domination under the name Kama Mustafa.
In an April 2012 episode of NBC's Smash, the New York City club entrance can be seen when Megan Hilty's character Ivy Lynn walks down the street.
- Planning of the September 11, 2001 attacks
- Showgirls, 1995 film shot on location
- Operation G-Sting - About the FBI's "Operation G-Sting"
- Charles Wright - General manager of the club
- Missy Monroe, porn actress who got her start at Cheetah's
- Brent Jordan, bouncer from 1991–2003 who wrote a book, Stripped, about working at the club
- Jordan, Brent Kenton, Stripped: Twenty Years of Secrets from inside the Strip Club, Satsu Multimedia Press, 2005, ISBN 0-9703441-2-0
- "Cheetah's owner to contest LV fine" Las Vegas Review Journal, January 24, 2004
- "FBI raids Vegas strip clubs, San Diego city offices" CNN, May 15, 2003
- "Time to fix the Patriot Act" San Francisco Chronicle, April 7, 2005[dead link]
- "Patriot Act aided Feds in probe" Las Vegas Sun, November 4, 2003
- Squires, Michael (January 24, 2004). "Liquor license status: Cheetah's owner to contest LV fine". Las Vegas Review-Journal.