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Popular Hoboken bar under fire, facing a licensing hearing next week, amid probe into sex-related crimes that may have taken place there
The incident at The Hub on Hudson Place allegedly took place Saturday; women were allegedly groped and purportedly penetrated with bottles
HUB Hoboken is one of the city's hottest venues, with thousands of Instagram posts of people partying
A popular Hoboken bar is under fire, and facing a licensing hearing next week, amid a probe into sex-related crimes that may have taken place there last weekend.
The HUB Hoboken on Hudson Place is one of the city's hottest venues, with thousands of Instagram posts of people partying.
But authorities are now investigating an incident that allegedly took place last Saturday during which women were allegedly groped and purportedly penetrated with bottles.
Graphic photos circulating on social media clearly show a partially nude woman sitting on a bar, her legs spread, with at least one man touching her. The party in question was heavily attended; promoters posted photos on Instagram of lines around the block to get into the club.
An employee of Erock Entertainment Group, which promoted the party, told News 4 they believed the man and woman depicted in the photos were a couple who may have been trying to film themselves.
As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, The HUB was posting promos for Wednesday night events on its Facebook page. But by noon Wednesday the restaurant portion of the facility was closed and police were posted outside.
But just before 4 p.m., one of the bar's operators told News 4 New York that the facility would reopen later Wednesday for the planned event.
Earlier in the day, law enforcement sources had said that the bar had been shut down and that its liquor license had been suspended. But as of Wednesday afternoon, it appeared the facility would remain open through a hearing next week.