Former topless dancer, hired at 14 years old, talks about auditioning, propositions and being scared

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Customers called her "Fantasy", but the topless dancer was only 14 years old. And with her mother by her side, the teenager is now sharing her story with Action News.

The arrest of the manager who hired the underage dancer is what led to the All Stars strip club being forced to close. But now new owners of the business and property are in court, waging a battle against the city of Detroit and community groups in hopes of reopening the strip club that police say was also the scene of multiple shootings and murders.

The former stripper, now 18, admits that during that rebellious time in her life, she lied to her mom about where she was at night. 

She auditioned for the club manager, who was later charged in connection with her case, and says she told him she was 19, but no one ever asked to see identification before she got on stage, making up to $500 a night.

The teen says it was scary seeing other dancers having sex for money and that men propositioned her so frequently that it often scared her into leaving work early some nights.

One night the teen's mother got a phone call from a friend of her daughter's, letting her know where she could find her.

The teen's mom confronted club workers and threatened to call police if they didn't bring her daughter outside. Once her daughter was in her car, the teen's mom says "I still called the police."

Now, with her life back on track, the teen is speaking out, hoping the strip club never opens again, even under new ownership.

"It's a neighborhood where people are raising their children," said the teen's mother.

Court documents indicate a husband and wife, believed to be in their sixties, are interested in running the strip club. They owned Rosas' Mexican Restaurant on West Warren in Detroit, and while that restaurant has been closed for several years, their attorney says the liquor license is in good standing with state officials.

Attorneys for the couple and the new property owner are now appealing the zoning board's decision to deny their request to operate.

Both sides were expected to battle it out in court on August 1, but the judge has adjourned the case until August 29.

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