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Not cool!

A Perezcious reader recently informed PerezHilton.com that some of the police in New York are pulled some shady shiz at the popular gay club The Eagle in Chelsea on Friday night.

This is what the reader has to say:

"There is a huge homophobic stunt that the NYPD is pulling. They shut down the Eagle bar in NYC for NO REASON claiming it was a "routine search". On pride weekend no less! Ridiculous! They have supervisors here and will not let anyone in the bar….on the eve that the gay marriage bill was passed. Random harassment!"

How disappointing! With the recent legalization of gay marriage in the state, this is the last thing the people of New York want to see happen.

Shady, shady, shady. Get it together, NYPD!

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83 comments to “NYPD Accused Of Targeting Manhattan Gay Clubs”



  1. 1

    Well, Gay people do cause a lot of trouble. They're always having sex on the street, in public toilets and on the PIER!! It's gotta stop.



  2. 2

    And it's the last thing the NYPD would do, you idiot. There was obviously a GOOD reason for it if IN FaCT this did occur. Let's review one of the reasons the NYPD raids an entire SLEW of straight clubs. Hmm. Exctasy dealing is a bIG one. Rise of cocaine another one. What, gay people don't do X? Dealers of X don't patron gay clubs? You fucking idiot. The NYPD/Bloomberg wouldn't do something like that in a million years at this point in time.



  3. 3

    "No Reason"? I find that hard to believe….



  4. 4

    Bullshit,,It was probably a code violation or drug bust………….You think the whole goddamn world is against gay people…Who cares if someone is gay,,or straight,,You make it worse for everyone because you are a loud mouth asshole,,,AND STOP DRAWING HEARTS ON GOOD LOOKING STRAIGHT GUYS CROTCHES,,,THAT IS HARRASSMENT YOU DICK HEAD…..



  5. 5

    Here we go again. Let the whining and bitching begin in 3…2…..1



  6. 6

    There was nothing shady or "homophobic' about it, and it was NOT for "no reason."
    Try not to be so gullible.
    Did you even reach out to the NYPD for an explanation? Because that is what a journalist would do.



  7. 7

    GAY BARS ALWAYS HAVE THE MOST DRUG DEALERS!!! FACT!!!! METH, X, YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND YOUR *CONNECTION* AT A GAY BAR. IT'S GOT TO STOP!!!!! WHY IS THIS SITE BECOMING SO MILITANT BUT REFUSING TO OUT GAY ACTORS. IF YOU'RE GONNA BE ALL MILITANT THEN GO BIG, BOZZO!!!!



  8. 8

    oh, and YOU WANT EVERYONE TO BELIEVE THIS ONE POSTER, THAT ALL THE POLICE IN NYC ARE HOMOPHOBIC! Where is this A holes proof? and because it is gay pride weekend or because our moronic governor signed the marriage law into effect, the police ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ARREST ANY GAYS. Bullsh*t. NYC is one of the most liberal cities around, but there you are Mario, STIRRING UP TROUBLE because ONE PERSON SAID SOMETHING. GET PROOF FIRST!!!!!



  9. 9

    The cops don't shut down a bar for absolutely no reason, you and your source are desperately trying to spin this into a homophobic issue. Do some research for once dickwad instead of rushing to post another story that suits your agenda. You're an ass.



  10. 10

    Re: POPSCIDICTATOR
    is "always" really the right word?



  11. 11

    Re: POPSCIDICTATOR – so you always go to gay bar? or is this just a conjecture? please provide supporting evidence before accusing other.



  12. 12

    Re: Hairplugs for Hilton – You are right…This Hilton man is a complete moron,,,,,,,,,I feel awful for the poor kids struggling with their identity who might happen to read the bullshit he writes,,,,,,,,,



  13. 13

    Re: POPSCIDICTATOR – hahahaha that made my day. thanks.



  14. 14

    see not even the police likes gays. no one does. it's disgusting & wrong. sick people.



  15. 15

    Looks like gays think they should be privileged and above the law. Hilton's slanted bias has done nothing but create more hatred toward gays.



  16. 16

    Clubs get closed down ALL THE TIME in the city. The fact that gays think they're being singled out shows how backwards THEY are. Whenever something happens to a minority group, they gotta cry hate crime. It's BS.



  17. 17

    Re: caroaber
    Why didn't I think of that? Perez, you should call the NYD and ask why they shut down the Eagle.



  18. 18

    Clubs, both gay and straight, are usually shut down because of illegal and shady activities. Gay clubs IN PARTICULAR are usually shut down because of illegal drugs and meth. It's not about homophobia…it's about protecting the interest and safety of the general public.



  19. 19

    Re: white_is_ugly – Your post gives fuel to those who believe slavery should be brought back. But keep on hating. But don't be surprised if it boomarangs right back at you.



  20. 20

    I guarantee guys were fucking around in there having sex and got busted by undercover cops.

    Ive been there and its a VERY busy big packed bar with 3 levels, and when its busy its hard to police.
    Awesome bar btw.

    The Eagle is the biggest bar in NYC, theres no way it would be shut down for no reason.



  21. 21

    Sorry, but The Eagle is gross. Aside from the drugs, people are always having some sort of public sex there. I wouldn't be surprised if undercover cops have been building a case against the place for a while and that it finally came to a head. Perez, don't blame the NYPD for possibly rightfully targeting one of the nastiest gay bars in the city. The Eagle gives the NYC gay bar scene a bad name.



  22. 22

    Re: caroaber – Of course he didn't. He would rather report on heresay and anonymous rumours than do actual investigating that takes 2 seconds.

    God this site is getting on my nerves. I fee like I'm on the Advocate rather than a celebrity gossip site.



  23. 23

    Re: POPSCIDICTATOR
    sounds like you no from experience….



  24. 24

    Very shady indeed. Another reason added to my list why i'm not a big fan of cops.



  25. 25

    Re: POPSCIDICTATOR – How do you know anything about the piers??? Are you gay too?



  26. 26

    Sometimes, if you think DEEP about it, straight people cause sooooooo much–way more drama than gays do. If you fuckers didn't complain so damn much and cause (unnecessary) issues, you wouldn't have to be so negative all the damn time and the world could be, COULD, be a better place! Sticks and stones may break my bones but your comments will be ignore hahaha! I don't care what you will have to say to me unless you're for me. Thanks!!!



  27. 27

    All you do is cry,bitch and moan, It's no surprise, gays frequent habitual drug use.



  28. 28

    Everybody causes drama regardless of race or if your straight or gay. Stop trying to make NYPD the bad guys here Perez when they probably had a valid reason to go there in the first place. They're not the gay patrol or have gaydars!



  29. 29

    I walked by 10 ave and 28 about midnight, There was like 75 out of town guys and I saw a few New Yorkers standing outside being harassed. the Police said it was an inspection. I saw people very upset. Poor people trying to enjoy an night of unity and they had to be put off like that. WTF!



  30. 30

    They targetted ONE clubs, not "Gay Clubs" as you so Fox Newsily put it. Stop it. There is an ecxtasy ring they are after. Why not post how terrible it was of the NYPD to go after the straight clubs this week? I don't see that on your bullshit nickel and dime site.



  31. 31

    Mario is a troll. He posts this shit to collect more nickels on the clicks. And laughs all the way to the bank.



  32. 32

    Pete Wentz's bar has been closed a few times by the NYPD for liquor violations, you don't seem to be crying discrimination about that Hilton Or maybe the cops just hate anyone who's last name starts with a W. Sounds as logical as your ridiculous premise douchebag.



  33. 33

    Everyone knows that the best drugs are found at the gay bars and goth clubs.



  34. 34

    Really?! Honestly? I'm all for equality…but I think you're pulling the 'gay card' too fast. Do you really think this 'homophobic bust' could actually be orchestrated without any repercussions? Though I guess you completed your mission with this article…we all read it.



  35. 35

    OF COURSE THEY WOULD TARGET THIS CLUB…. IT'S BASICALLY A NASTY DIRTY SEX CLUB! Duh.



  36. 36

    The reason why is it is a leather bar, and people were having sex in it. Why don't you tell your readers that.



  37. 37

    Good for them!



  38. 38

    It would have been nice to include the reason for the "raid" and to have not exaggerated it as targeting gay "clubs" when it was actually one gay establishment. And then those of you who criticize Perez for not fleshing out the story immediately jump to claims of sex and drugs as the reason to which a simple Google search reveals the following on the nytimes site…
    He said the inspection at the Eagle led to six violations being issued: two from the police regarding unlicensed security; one from the Department of Environmental Protection regarding unnecessary noise; one from the Buildings Department for having no public assembly permit; and two from the liquor authority for “extension of premise,” and “failure to conform to application.”
    The blog entry is ridiculous and the readers' responses are equally out of line.



  39. 39

    I find it incredible that the police can say that this was not planned to coincide with Gay Pride and the passage of the gay marriage bill. These types of raids are completely planned out in advance - this is what they do for a living!!! They are trained to take everything into consideration when they do these things including the night of the week, the time of day, the time of year and what's going in the city. I suppose they didn't know it was Gay Pride this weekend either - right. If there were complaints why didn't they just contact the bar owner and speak to him about it during the day. Do we really need to pay city dollars for TWENTY people during a state and city wide financial crisis to go to the Eagle on a Friday night and harass some guys that are just having a beer. And why would people have to empty their pockets? That's exactly what those present at Stonewall were forced to do. Probably in the hopes that they'd get lucky and find someone with drugs so they could make an arrest and put it in the paper. What if someone defianntly said no and it turned into melee? Maybe that's what they were hoping for. You think it just might have occurred to them that the timing of this raid might be controversial and end up in the paper? You bet they did. It's almost like some sick twisted nod to their brothers in arms that raided Stonewall in '69. And it's a big F#@k YOU to the gay community. I say we protest and get whoever green lighted this raid FIRED!!!



  40. 40

    Wow, I thought black people where big at bitching…seems they've been out-bitched by gay people. Nice one.

    It was probably routine check up. Nothing sinister here. Do some further investigation and you'll find there is nothing to bitch about Mario.



  41. 41

    Re: adg100 – I used to date someone that sold E pills and molly, and gay club scene folks were his biggest customers!



  42. 42

    Re: asswiper – I applaud your honesty. We need more people you in this world.



  43. 43

    Re: Hairplugs for Hilton – You're right. Straight clubs get searched all of the time! What makes them think that they're too good for it??



  44. 44

    The site is called Perez Hilton - Celebrity Juice etc….it seems as if this site is reporting or trying to report actual news. Please refrain. No one checks sources, everything is biased. Stick to the celebs - that's why we're here. Oh, and by the way, how many NYPD officers are gay? Just wondering….



  45. 45

    Mario have you ever been at The Eagle?? That's a very sleazy club!! The won't let you enter because is a Bear/Leather cruising bar and you're a nelly fem queen! I saw POPSCIDICTATOR and his daddy on their knees s*cking a lot of c*ck there!!!



  46. 46

    1 of two things is happening at this place. Lots of cocaine… or its an after hours. A continuation of Rudy Giuliani's wet dream to end the fun the Manhattan and now is shared by super lenny bloomberg horowitz.



  47. 47

    Mario - It is VERY obvious youve never been to the Chelsea Eagle on a Pride weekend. Trust me, its not some tame twinky bar or piano lounge. And it ends with a packed, huge beer blast. Fun time, but it does get out of hand.



  48. 48

    I've been to the Eagle many times I live in New York. It's a "leather bar" except 99% of the guys don't wear leather but are wearing jeans and a T-Shirt. There really are no leather bars anymore. But it's a certain type of crowd. Guys sometimes screw around there as the night goes - big whoop. Straight people have sex in the clubs too. If you don't like that type of bar why would you go there. I guess you've never been to Europe - the bars there make the Eagle look tame . Anyway I don't see what that has to do with anything. It's about the date and time they chose for the raid. They new the vote was happening and they obviously know it's Gay Pride weekend. They could have done it last weekend. They're just being A#@holes.



  49. 49

    Re: tallguy10 – Yeah and it's obvious you don't live in New York. It's not called "The Chelsea Eagle". It's just the Eagle. it's not like there's an Upper East Side Eagle. And it doesn't "end in a bear blast". I don't even know what that means. They serve beer and alcohol all night. Dumbass



  50. 50

    Re: Pegado1970 – lmfao. he was probally there thinking the police wanted his body too but they arrested him for being such a nasty twink.



  51. 51

    HOW IS THIS CELEBRITY NEWS/GOSSIP?! JESUS! Get a Political Perez page cuz i'm sick of reading about this stuff.



  52. 52

    Perez - This is nothing new in NYC? Police have been targeting gay men for the past few years. Mayor B is ignoring this problem. Interesting since he is so vocally pro same-sex marriage.



  53. 53

    Re: caroaber – are you kidding me? You think Perez is a journalist??? This is a gossip site, get a clue!



  54. 54

    This is false. Before people give the great Police a NYC a bad name get the facts straight. Yes I was there with 6 friends. There were several men starting shit and causing trouble. It was also rumored that there were weapons inside. So they did what they had to do until it was deemed safe.
    Perez you are too quick to jump the gun (Several of your boyfriends have said this too)
    Jesus do I hate you….I think you gives the gay community and journalists (not that you are close to any kind of journalist) a bad name. You have no integrity and people that believe anything that is on here are just as bad as you. I have heard you very much embellish and make shit up…….So back to the point….Damn I hate you and why am I here?
    I am happy that gays will be able to marry but I can see a few bad gays making people think it was a bad idea. Kind of like when Obama was elected many African Americans did stupid shit because having a black president made it OK and entitled them to do as they please.



  55. 55

    You're such a poser. Worrying about gay clubs in new york, yet you refuse to OUT Barack Obama for cheating on Michelle with other men? Michelle knows he is gay…. they never have sex…. Perez, you know for a fact that Obama is living a lie. Yet you confront others in public about targeting gay clubs, but you are a huge hypocrite. You know for a fact that Barack Obama is on the down low. You know that Barack Obama was know through his college years as being a gay man and that he has cheating on his wife. She probably doesn't care. It's not a big deal if he wants his Peen sucked by Reggie on the regular. What is a big deal is that you are a hypocrite. You support a gay man in the closet, yet feel empowered to bash others who are willing to be upfront with their position, whether right or wrong.

    YOU are a HYPOCRITE. You know for a fact that Obama lies about his sexuality, yet you continue to prop him up for some lame reason. Obama is being blackmailed by the gay community because they have witnesses of men who have had sex with Obama which is used as a threat. Behind the scenes, the gay community blackmails Obama that they will out him as a Gay man with specific evidence. Yet you try to think you are so great and neutral about how you treat different subjects, when in reality you blackmail and threaten to out Obama for his down low ways behind the scenes. Perez…. at the very least… admit that you are a hypocrite for hiding Obama's down low ways.



  56. 56

    do annoying when people start saying it's only because of someone's race or sexuality that they get into trouble.. get over yourself..



  57. 57

    Such a poser. Worrying about gay clubs in new york, yet you refuse to OUT Barack Obama for cheating on Michelle with other men? Michelle knows he is gay…. they never have sex…. Perez, you know for a fact that Obama is living a lie. Yet you confront others in public about targeting gay clubs, but you are a huge hypocrite. You know for a fact that Barack Obama is on the down low. You know that Barack Obama was know through his college years as being a gay man and that he has cheating on his wife. She probably doesn't care. It's not a big deal if he wants his Peen sucked by Reggie on the regular. What is a big deal is that you are a hypocrite. You support a gay man in the closet, yet feel empowered to bash others who are willing to be upfront with their position, whether right or wrong.

    YOU are a HYPOCRITE. You know for a fact that Obama lies about his sexuality, yet you continue to prop him up for some lame reason. Obama is being blackmailed by the gay community because they have witnesses of men who have had sex with Obama which is used as a threat. Behind the scenes, the gay community blackmails Obama that they will out him as a Gay man with specific evidence. Yet you try to think you are so great and neutral about how you treat different subjects, when in reality you blackmail and threaten to out Obama for his down low ways behind the scenes. Perez…. at the very least… admit that you are a hypocrite for hiding Obama's down low ways.



  58. 58

    What celebrities were in the bar? After all, this is a celebrity site………………..

    Why not start another, gay related blog, and stick to the topic on this one?



  59. 59

    Stonewall, much?



  60. 60

    Perez, this is a gossip website, stop shoving your gay agenda down everyones throats.



  61. 61

    EVER THE VICTIMS! YOU'RE LITERALLY THE MARTYRS OF THE 21ST CENTURSY. SOLDIERS FOR THE FREE. EXCEPT INSTEAD OF SAVING LIVES, YOU SUCK COCK.



  62. 62

    GAY'S ARE NASTY…THEY HAVE SEX IN PUBLIC TOILETS!!! LOLZ!! GAY'S ARE ALWAYS COMPLAINING ABOUT SUMTHIN!



  63. 63

    People who don't understand the law! Make me laugh! Just because YOU are not aware of a reason. . .doesn't mean that a reason doesn't exist!



  64. 64

    Wow…please report the facts when your story could slander the people who serve New York.
    1. These inspections are planned MONTHS in advance because they involve multiple departments. Police, Liquor Control, EPA, etc.
    2. These inspections occur at "a couple of thousand clubs per year" in NYC and are selected for inspection due to chronic complaints from THEIR OWN communities.
    3. The inspection resulted in 6 violations from 3 different agencies.
    4. The owner, Robert Berk, said the PD was "aggressive, but polite" and plans on visiting the precinct, who he has a good relationship with, to address community complaints.
    So…if EQUAL rights are what you're asking for, that means NOT changing planned events because the timing might not be the best…otherwise what you're asking for are special privileges. STOP TRYING TO CREATE DRAMA…or at least report on the 1,999 other inspections done per year!



  65. 65

    Re: POPSCIDICTATOR – OMG, I JUST REALIZED THAT YOU AND white_is_ugly WORK FOR THIS FUCKING SITE AND THE ONLY REASON YOU SAY THESE THINGS ARE TO GET "CLICKS" AND REACTIONS! THE JIG IS UP FAT PISS SMELLING PEREZ!



  66. 66

    Re: GayRay – LMFAO!! I LOVE YA BOO BOO!!



  67. 67

    I don't understand why people care who is in love with/sleeping with who!!! As long as a relationship (whatever nature that relationship may be) is between two consenting adults, why do people care!!?? As a woman, I respect the fight for equality, especially considering that less than a 100 years ago, women were denied basic rights of citizen, such as voting! At one time or another, unless you were family were high-ranking Brits, we were ALL discriminated against!! Let's save the political fights for way more important issues, such as JOBS!! Let the gay and lesbians marry who they love and have all the same rights due to ANY American couple! These people who so outwardly object it are silly, in my opinion!! Worry about yourself people!



  68. 68

    As for all of those citing the high occurrence of drug abuse in the gay community… have you ever stopped and thought about WHY there is such a high occurrence of it? Maybe it is because of the shame that has been perpetrated on the gay community for hundreds of years? I think NY did the right thing here!! As for these cops, I hope it is just a coincidence, and they didn't truly do this crackdown because of their own homophobic feelings!! I personally support our police, so I pray that they respect the position they are in, and don't use it for their own personal vendettas! (I am leaning towards the rest in saying that it likely has nothing to do with the club being a gay club; instead, there is likely a legit reason that just coincidentally was scheduled to be carried out the day after the gay community gained the rights they deserve in NY!)



  69. 69

    Noone can throw a hissy fit like a gay guy.



  70. 70

    shouldnt things like this only be reported when proven as true, pretty serious thing to accuse.



  71. 71

    Perez, do some good - post the ways to complain to the City of New York and The New York Governor's office. Something, Anything. With MORONS like popcidictator, asswiper and adg100 on here, it's time to take action. Hiding behind ridiculous arguments and attacking you (Perez) when it is 100% CLEAR that a high-profile raid ON THE NIGHT THE MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL PASSED — DURING GAY PRIDE WEEKEND is a premeditated and coordinated attempt to repress. Using the oldest excuses in the book (i.e. "it's justified because the >>>blacks, jews, women, gays ETC ETC>>sex, do drugs, steal, eat, breathe WHATEVER



  72. 72

    Re: Ohholla – What an ignorant comment. What makes you assume that people who don't agree with or question Perez' posts are straight? And talk about haters… straight people are "fuckers"? You're doing a lot for our cause. Please go away. I don't want you as a poster child for Gay rights. Comments like yours set us back 10 years.



  73. 73

    Re: oxceranoid – Until you need one to save your sorry ass. Who protects the crowds and keeps the peace at Gay Rights celebrations and parades? If you don't need the cops, don't ever dial 911, especially if some thugs are beating down you or your friends.



  74. 74

    Re: poodlewithamohawk – Ha! Thats ok cause i can kindly defend my sorry ass in that case. Do you think the police would get there in time to help??? Half the time they don't do a thing but sit and watch and eat donuts. Granted some cops are ok but the majority are assholes.



  75. 75

    There is also an Eagle bar here in atlanta. Remember last year it was VOILENTLY RAIDED, and a man got that concision? I'm going to admit,I've been there 2wice and it is a home for the crazy naked leather guys who like to be suspended in cages, and it really NEEDED to be raided… after the raid, the atmosphere changed, people weren't doing sexual acts in the pool room anymore and the bathroom wasn't covered in cum and they actually put stalls (with the walls) in the restroom. But what happened in NYC was defiantly planned, and it IS shady because of the timing around pride.



  76. 76

    GAY PEOPLE HAVE SEX IN PUBLIC TOILETS/BATHROOMS. DOESN'T THAT SAY IT ALL? PIGS!!



  77. 77

    The law doesn't care that it's gay pride weekend. I think that's actually pretty good. What, should black criminals not get arrested during black pride month? If something illegal is happening, they should do something about it, end of story. I don't know the full story, but from the facts presented, it seems like the police were just doing their job, and probably didn't even care that it was a gay bar.



  78. 78

    I've been there a few times, and I'm not surprised this place was targeted. The bathroom was a big jerk-off party that spilled onto the main floor. It's a disease factory.



  79. 79

    Just because you are gay does not mean you are immune from NARCOTICS and other laws in the state of New York. Stopping using your gayness as a crutch. There are two sides to every story and I'm sure NYPD has a perfectly good explanation of what they were doing. Just because you couldn't get it and get your tweak on don't go crying homophobia. BTW - I'm queer so don't even go there!



  80. 80

    Are you so desperate to make gays out to be perpetual victims that you're reduced to posting shit like this? You're pathetic; seriously pathetic. Where is will.i.am's manager when we need him?



  81. 81

    Clubs get shut down every day in NYC but if it’s a gay club then it must be random harassment. There exists no possibility that a gay business owner might be guilty of violating one of the many city codes even though straight business owners do all the time and get caught all the time. I’d be suspicious though if a straight club got closed on “Straight Pride” week … oh wait. There’ll never be any such thing as Straight Pride week because that would be homo-phobic.



  82. 82

    Get a grip Perez, as a gay NYPD cop, i can tell you a few things #1 this department has grown a lot from the 60's i can guarantee you one thing that the NYPD is the by far the largest gay friendliest police department in this nation, it employs the most gay cops in the nation. Its probably one of the VERY few law Enforcement Organization that has recognized same-sex unions/marriages, well long before the right to marry in NY was made legal. So gather your sources before posting something 1 readers claims in the truth. Contact the 6th precinct to get facts, contact the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information to gather additional fact. And see if you can get 2 sides of the story together.



  83. 83

    LMAO so HIV positive, meth addict Mario cites an anonymous email as credible news. God no wonder he's pushing 40 and still has yet to find a boyfriend.