VoyeurDorm founders could still be on hook for $12M over 2008 strip club shooting

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In 2008, construction worker Richard Campbell was struck by a bullet from a shooting happening during a fight in a strip club parking lot in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The strip club, Secrets Cabaret, shares a parking lot with a biker bar, Doghouse Bar & Grill.

Campbell, who was in his 20s, was left paralyzed from the chest down.

At the time, both the strip club and the bar were owned by St. Petersburg internet entrepreneurs David Marshlack, 53, and Bruce Hammil, 54. Campbell filed a negligence suit against the owners, earning a $12 million judgment.

Marshlack and Hammil gained international notoriety as founders of the website VoyuerDorm.com, a subscription-based website featuring around the clock streaming video of women hired to live at 2312 West Farwell Drive in Tampa.

As reported by the St. Petersburg Times in 2000, VoyeurDorm broadcast “six college-age women [living] under the unblinking eyes of 75 video cameras.”

Using VoyeurDorm proceeds, the pair invested in Entertainment Network, made up of a series of other ventures, ranging from adult clubs to mainstream restaurants. At its peak, Entertainment Network brought in as much as $15 million annually.

Nevertheless, it all came to an end this year with the closure of the South Carolina establishments and dissolution of all companies owned by Marshlack.

In February, Marshlack lost his 4,714 square foot waterfront home on Treasure Island to foreclosure.

As for Campbell and his settlement, after the businesses closed, he filed a new suit arguing Marshlack and Hammil remain liable for the $12 million.

However, Nationwide, the insurance company defending Marshlack, says it shouldn’t be held accountable as the latest lawsuit is based on a homeowner’s policy Marshlack had on his Treasure Island home back in 2008.

In the interim, Marshlack and Hammill opened a new bar in 2010 — Doghouse Bar & Grill in St. Petersburg — which is also no longer in business.

According to a Baylawsuits report, a VIP waitress at the Bishop Tavern accused Marshlack in 2012 of forcefully dragging her into a bathroom and pressing her to have sex. Pinellas County court records also show Marshlack was arrested numerous times over several years for felony battery and disorderly intoxication.

According to Marshlack’s Facebook page, he currently resides in Daytona Beach.