Jeffco sheriff investigating alleged nudity at Mr. Biggs

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By Emile Hallez

  The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is filing charges against the owner of Mr. Biggs following an incident allegedly involving nudity during a recent fashion show at the business.

Four deputies were performing a routine walk-through Dec. 18 when they discovered about 45 women, some topless and having their bodies painted, behind a curtained-off area at the South Jeffco entertainment center, said sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires.

The sheriff’s department will be citing the business’ owner, Art Cormier, for violating a state statute under the rules and regulations associated with Mr. Biggs’ liquor license, Shires said. Cormier will also be cited for violating a Jefferson County ordinance regarding nude entertainment, he said, as some spectators and performers at the show were under 21. The activity was also in violation of the ordinance’s minimum-distance requirements from a school, church and residential area, all of which are in close proximity to Mr. Biggs, Shires said.

Cormier was out of town last week, and the sheriff’s office was attempting to contact him.

Charges could also be sought against Mr. Biggs’ manager or bartenders.

The department was filing the counts before Mr. Biggs’ liquor license hearing, which is scheduled for early January.

“We informed them that they were probably in violation of their liquor license,” Shires said. “We informed them that they had to cease what they were doing.”

A manager at the entertainment business, which is marketed as being family-friendly, said he was not aware of any liquor license violations.

“It was a modeling show, and nothing was ever shut down,” said manager Wayne Merritt, who denied that women’s bodies were being painted. “They were modeling clothes from a couple designers.”

Merritt said he would speak to other managers at the facility to gather details about the incident, but he did not return multiple phone calls after a brief initial interview, during which he said he had no idea why deputies were at Mr. Biggs that evening.

Cormier, who said when he bought the business earlier this year that it was going to be a “family-oriented fun center” and not a nightclub, was not available by phone and did not return multiple pages in attempts to gain an interview.

Mr. Biggs, which was operated previously under the name Fat City, offers entertainment such as bowling, laser tag and mini-golf. Friday and Saturday evenings are “club nights” at the business, Merritt said, which feature music selected by a DJ.

Questions were raised about the business shortly after Cormier took over. More than a dozen deputies arrived at Mr. Biggs after an electrical outage Oct. 10 during a concert that brought about 1,500 patrons to the facility.

“We’re starting to be called to Mr. Biggs a little more than we were anticipating,” Shires said.


Contact Emile Hallez Williams at emile@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22. Check www.ColumbineCourier.com for updates.