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Supreme Court: ban on Louisville strip clubs?

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By Valerie Chinn, vchinn@fox41.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Louisville strip clubs fear what will happen once the new Metro Adult Entertainment Ordinance takes effect.

Attorney Frank Mascagni who represents many adult entertainment businesses says, "I don't think there will be any strip clubs or adult venues in the next year and a half."

The ordinance requires dancers to stay at least six feet away from customers and they must be on at least an 18-inch platform. They can no longer offer lap dances. Clubs can no longer serve alcohol once their license is up for renewal.

Mascagni says,"I don't think I'm going to attract a lot of audience, mostly men, some women who will come in and pay ten dollars for a Coke, a Coca Cola, when they can see this stuff on TV, Internet, or DVD."

Mascagni has now filed a motion with the nation's highest court. He wants the Supreme Court to decide if Metro Government's rules and regulations concerning adult entertainment are constitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether or not to accept the case.

In the meantime, the Jefferson County Attorney's office is moving forward with the ordinance.  It plans to send letters out to the clubs after the first of the year. The clubs will then have time to make the changes, and the ordinance wouldn't take effect until possibly March. The ordinance would then be enforced by Inspections, Permits, and Licensing.

Mascagni says, "My clients will have to make a decision on whether or not it's profitable to stay open. We have to build stages and platforms. It removes half our floor space because you can imagine six feet spinning around depending on where stages are located."

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Other attorneys say clubs can follow the ordinance by wearing opaque latex body paint which matches their skin color.

Mascagni says with the ban on nudity, you'll see bikinis and pasties at clubs. He says, "Like you see in old black and white movies and bird cages like the 60's go-go booths."

The 2004 ordinance had been delayed for six years because of lawsuits. This year, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled the ordinance is constitutional.

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