Dec 27, 1989: Chuck Berry Sued, Accused of Peeping

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The Southern Air was a restaurant and service station located on Highway 61 in Wentzville, MO, not far from St. Louis that opened in 1937 in the years prior to the interstate highway system, serving both travelers and locals. It was acquired by Chuck Berry in the 1980s.

On December 27, 1989, a former cook at the restaurant, Hosana A. Huck, filed a lawsuit against Berry. It alleged that Huck and other employees and customers were videotaped without their knowledge in the ladies bathroom causing them distress and humiliation. The lawsuit alleged that the video tapes “were created for the improper purpose of entertainment and gratification” of Berry’s “sexual fetishes and sexual predilections.”

Related: 17 classic Chuck Berry covers

The suit caused the restaurant to close the next year. Eventually scores of other women joined it as a class action litigation. In late 1994 a settlement of all the lawsuits cost Berry $1.3 million.

Not among the legend’s finest hours.

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Related: Berry led the list of dozens of great musicians who passed in 2017

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