A judge in New York has dismissed charges against rap mogul Damon Dash after he was accused of selling liquor at his Big Apple art gallery without a licence.
Jay Z's former business partner opened the Dd172 venue in Tribeca in 2009 to house a photography and recording studio, an art gallery, and rehearsal space for bands.
Dash and a number of his associates were accused of six counts of storing and selling alcoholic beverages without a licence after investigators allegedly found workers selling booze at the venue on several occasions, before he vacated the building in June (11).
The hip-hop heavyweight appeared for a court hearing on Wednesday (14Sep11) and the judge overseeing the case decided to drop the charges against him, according to the Village Voice.
The new occupiers of the property have been handed a series of stipulations to adhere to, including agreeing to warrantless inspections by police and providing security guards during events held there.