Film festival chief spars with club owners in court |

Film festival chief spars with club owners in court

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A party at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival that allegedly resulted in the temporary closure of a Kimball Junction nightclub was the subject of two small-claims cases thrown out of Third District Court Wednesday.

Owners of Suede sued Slamdance chief Peter Baxter after a party at the club resulted in its closure for 15 days because of violations allegedly committed at the event, according to a court clerk who observed this week’s proceedings.

Baxter, however, sued the operators of the nightclub, reportedly claiming the Suede employees defamed his character by spreading a rumor that a check he wrote to the business bounced.

Both cases could be appealed after the lawsuits were dismissed Wednesday, according to court officials.

"Slamdance employees verbally assaulted security for charging membership and checking IDs when Slamdance opened (the) private party to the public," according to Suede’s court papers.

Club owners say they lost money when violations committed at the "crazy, crazy" party forced temporary closure of Suede, a court official said.

Baxter countered that along with defaming his character, Suede employees improperly charged people on the guest list to enter the private Slamdance party while inappropriately allowing the general public to enter the establishment.

Baxter also claimed the club was responsible for a light he owned that was damaged at the affair last winter.


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