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Recent news stories in the adult nightclub industry.

After a recent District Court decision,

the U.S. Marshals may begin to run the Crazy Horse Too
In a different kind of governmental bailout, federal authorities are reversing a position and asking a judge to let members of U.S. Marshal Service operate the famed Crazy Horse Too adult nightclub in Las Vegas that was seized after the owner was sentenced to prison.  The change is reflected by documents filed in November asking a U.S. District Court for a decision whether to let a California bank foreclose on the club.

crazyhorseSecurity Pacific Bank has said it wants to foreclose to satisfy a $5 million loan it made to former Crazy Horse owner Rick Rizzolo.  It filed documents recently, saying the value of the club had declined from about $30 million to $4.6 million under the Marshals’ control.
Rizzolo was sentenced in 2006 to just over a year in prison for tax evasion and was ordered to sell the club (located just off the Las Vegas Strip) to pay $17 million in court-ordered fines, forfeitures and settlements.

A hard time in the big easy?

Could be, if one lawmaker has his way
Senator John Smith, a Republican from Leesville, Louisiana, has introduced a “six-foot” bill in his state’s legislature to ban any contact in New Orleans adult nightclubs.  The Louisiana Family Forum, the lobbying group sponsoring the bill, claims that the city’s adult clubs promote crime.  Not everyone agrees.

bourbonIn between the Mardi Gras holiday, New Orleans’ Bourbon Street is known for its draw of upscale adult clubs.  “An average night will be $1,200, and if I get someone who wants me to sit with them a long time, maybe $1,500,” said one exotic dancer known as “Charlie,” to local New Orleans affiliate, WDSU. Smith’s bill calls for a six-foot buffer between dancers and customers at all times.  Violations would result in up to $500 in fines and 90 days in jail.

Entertainers fund county budget?

Licenses to triple in Palm Beach County, FL
Palm Beach County’s Public Safety Director, Vince Bonvento, thinks local entertainers should front the bill for p
ublic safety, raising the amount of money his department is allowed to spend.  Due to recent “budget cuts,” the county department needs more money. 

budgetcutBonvento made mention to the Palm Beach Post in November that county officials are considering a proposal to raise the fee for an Adult Entertainer Work Identification Card from $25 to up to $100 in part of an effort to increase Public Safety Department funding. 

Over the Hill? Entertainers Sue

Over the hill in ontario ... or not;
Two entertainers claiming age discrimination

poledancerAge.  Ain’t it a bitch. 

It’s no industry secret that there is a definite “shelf life” to an entertainer’s career.  The unwritten rule states that exotic dancing is — typically — a young lady’s game. 

Recently, however, two Ontario entertainers have challenged that school of thought by asking the question, ”How old is too old to dance?” in a Canadian courtroom. 

Kimberlee Ouwroulis, 44, filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in September against the New Locomotion club (and its owner, Jon Sit) claiming she was fired because of her age.  Another entertainer from the same Mississauga club, Barbara Sanderson, 45, filed a similar complaint in November.  The Ontario Human Rights Code prohibits employers from treating employees differently because of their age unless it is a legitimate job requirement.

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