Shock Nightclub Now Under Investigation, According to Miami Beach Police

Shock nightclub in South Beach might be a chaotic vortex of revolving promoters, investors, and name changes, but it finally looks like that cycle might be grinding to a halt.

Miami Beach Police now say they have begun an investigation into complaints against the Washington Avenue club.

Those complaints began when Shock founder and French nightlife entrepreneur Julien Manival abruptly left town in November. Those hired by Manival said the Frenchman had either neglected to pay them or had written bad checks.

Four months later, dozens of employees are still waiting to be paid, but the club remains open -- at times advertising under a different name. It is set to host a back-to-back DJ battle later this month during Ultra Music Festival.

That event could be in jeopardy, however, now that Miami Beach PD is investigating Shock.

"I have subsequently forwarded the allegations to the Criminal Investigation Unit and have requested that an investigation into the matter be initiated," Sgt. Wayne Jones writes.

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.