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UPDATE: Promoter responds to criticism over teen "wet" and "twerk" parties

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Recent parties asking teens to "freak," "twerk" and "get wet" are raising safety concerns among Birmingham City leaders.

Some of the parties have been held at the Continental Ballroom and other venues for quite some time. Earlier this month, a shooting at the Continental Ballroom resulted in one teenager's injuries. City leaders revoked the owner Castro Promotions Inc. and party promoter Tramon Cook's business licenses after that incident and previous complaints.

Cook of Stop Entertainment tells ABC 33/40 he was unfairly targeted. 

"I am not responsible for the April 5th event at Continental Ballroom....I want the city to stop putting the events on my name when I do not have anything to do with them..But I do have older events in the city, " Cook says, in part, while admitting he did host other parties at the venue.

But other upcoming teen parties are planned by other promoters. They all charge an entrance fee.

ABC 33/40 asked city councilors about the flyers for past and upcoming events, which often feature women in provocative clothing and stances. Some flyers also ask attendees to bring their own whipped cream.

Councilor Jay Roberson, who spearheads a local youth non-violence campaign, is disappointed in the parties' promotions. He also worries the parties can lead to trouble.

"I remember the day when I could go to the skating rink and have a great time without the gunshots and without the fighting," Roberson says.

Councilor Sheila Tyson agrees.

"I don't think anyone's young daughters should be exposed to "Get You Wet Party." That doesn't even sound right," Tyson says.

Birmingham Police Lietenant Sean Edwards tells ABC 33/40 the teen parties are held up until 11 p.m., which adheres to the city's curfew. However, he stresses the problems arise when teenagers hang out in the parking lots after that time.

"We're having some challenges with our juveniles." Edwards says.

He encourages parents to have children home by 11 p.m. on weekends. If not, he says parents run the risk of having to appear in court and pay a $500 fine.

When it comes to Cook's next steps, ABC 33/40 has learned he is co-hosting a local party May 9, even though his license was revoked.
 
"That is not a teen party but it is 18 and older. So, nothing should be said about that. I'm not dealing with teens anymore," Cook responds.

The Mayor's Office and the Birmingham Police Department say they are unaware of the upcoming event.

Roberson says steps will be taken to look into the situation. 

Stay with ABC 33/40 on this developing story.
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