Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis filed a formal state complaint against R House in Miami after a viral video showed children at the restaurant’s drag show brunches.
The 69-page complaint accuses the Latino restaurant of disorderly conduct, claiming that the “sexually explicit drag shows” conducted in the presence of minors “corrupt public morals and outrage the sense of public decency.”
In a July 3 video circulating on social media, a drag queen in lingerie parades a young girl hand-in-hand around the R House show.
The complaint said the restaurant should be “declared a nuisance,” citing a precedent set by the Florida Supreme Court that states that “‘men impersonating women’ in the context of ‘suggestive and indecent’ performances constitutes a public nuisance.”
The complaint was filed to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation by its Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco — an agency under DeSantis’ administration.
“We take the well-being of children very seriously. We want to make sure that we have a state and we have a community where kids can be kids,” DeSantis said at a press conference in Tampa on July 27.
R House has been given three weeks to respond.
If the restaurant is found to have violated local rules, its liquor license could be removed.
In a statement, R House said, “We are hopeful that Governor DeSantis, a vociferous supporter and champion of Florida’s hospitality industry and small businesses, will see this as what it is, a misunderstanding, and that the matter will be resolved positively and promptly.”
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