The Michigan Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint with the state’s Liquor Control Commission against the Palace of Auburn Hills August 4 over the showing of a controversial video during the tour’s stop there July 7. State officials claim the venue violated its liquor license by allowing the video, which contained partial nudity, to be aired during the show.

In July, Auburn Hills police made a similar request to the commission, asking it to cite the venue for the same alleged offense.

The Palace has 20 days from issuance to respond to the complaint. Palace spokesman Jeff Corey told Pollstar the arena will fight the complaint, based on a court order prohibiting any censorship of the Up In Smoke performance.

“We cooperated fully with the city by conveying to the promoters that the city didn’t want the videotapes played. The show, in turn, went to Federal Court and received an injunction to allow the videos to be played. Palace counsel appeared at that hearing. The Palace would have been in contempt of a Federal Court order had we not let the videos run,” Palace Sports and Entertainment, the venue’s promoter, stated.

“We were truly between a rock and a hard place. We have always worked closely with the city, the police department and the Liquor Commission to be good citizens and we will continue to do so.”

The video – which introduced Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s set – had aired without incident until the tour arrived at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit the night before the Auburn Hills show.

In an 11th-hour showdown, Detroit officials threatened arrests if the video was not removed from the performance. Up In Smoke tour organizers reluctantly agreed to strike the offending clip, but Dr. Dre subsequently sued the city, alleging civil rights violations.

The next night in nearby Auburn Hills, city officials also attempted to force the removal of the video. However, tour organizers won an injunction in a Detroit federal court prohibiting city officials from censoring content of the show.

Despite the court order, police cited Dre for promoting porn and requested citations against the Palace.

As the drama plays out, politicians are getting into the act. “This shall not and will not be tolerated in our city … we expect [the Palace] will face very serious penalties,” Auburn Hills mayor Tom McMillin said in an August 15 Detroit News article.

If the Liquor Control Commission rules against the Palace of Auburn Hills, the venue’s liquor license could be suspended or revoked.

Meanwhile, the Up In Smoke tour closes August 21 at Fiddler’s Green in Engelwood, Colo.