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Dispute over money spent by Steven Utash's son at strip club

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Joe Utash says he spent his own money at the club, and that some of it was even stolen. Joe Utash says he spent his own money at the club, and that some of it was even stolen.
DETROIT (WJBK) - The behavior of Joe Utash at a Detroit strip club after his father's fundraiser is drawing accusations, denials and police involvement Tuesday.

At issue: the amount of money the unemployed man had with him, where it came from and what happened to it.

Joe is the son of Steven Utash, the driver who was beaten while stopping to help a boy he had just hit with his vehicle. A fundraiser was held Friday and Saturday night for his family at Winners in Clinton Township.

According to management at the Coliseum on Eight Mile, when Joe Utash arrived Saturday night he was intoxicated, announced who he was, said he had just come from a fundraiser and had money in his pocket.

Joe tells FOX 2's Taryn Asher he didn't receive any of the money from the fundraiser and, therefore, spent his own money at the Coliseum. He does admit to mentioning he was Steven's son.

He also says one of the dancers there stole hundreds of dollars from him.

"I let her hold onto my money ... she wanted to see that I had the money to pay for the dance," Joe says. So, he says he gave her about $400 which was "his money" that he "worked for."

But, according to Joe's family, he doesn't work. He's collecting unemployment and, according to the police report, Joe claimed he had a whole lot of cash.

In the report, Joe says he started with $1,500, spent $275 on lap dances and, when he asked her to hold onto the rest of the cash, she took off with it. The report also says the bouncer searched the dancer's locker and when he explained to Joe his money wasn't in there, Joe apparently threatened to blow the place up.

Joe denies ever making that threat, calling it "ridiculous."

When we asked Joe about the money again, he claims he lied to police and exaggerated about the amount of cash but denied everything else. He adds he got the money from cashing his unemployment check.

"I just went to out blow off steam, and I got robbed. If that [money] was from fundraiser wouldn't have called police," he says.


However, a worker outside the club told FOX 2 that a person who came to get Utash after he had been asked to leave shouted that Utash needed the money, it was from the fundraiser.

Asher reports the family is upset about this and says none of the money from the fundraiser is missing. They say Joe does not have access to the online fundraising account.


Meanwhile, Utash's family says on social media Steven could be transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit and into a rehab center as early as Tuesday.

On social media, reaction to the strip club story has ranged from attacking Joe Utash and questioning his judgment to condemning the media for covering the story.
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