Fourth Strip Club Sues PG, Hits Rules; Limits Deemed Unconstitutional

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Byline: Jim McElhatton, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Prince George's County government is facing a federal lawsuit for the second time in three months over sweeping new rules to crack down on its adult-entertainment industry.

International Nite Life Entertainment Inc. stated in a recent lawsuit that the rules are unconstitutional and will result in "a blanket prohibition of adult entertainment in Prince George's County."

The company runs the Classics III Supper Club in Camp Springs and is the fourth adult-entertainment business to sue the county over the recently enacted strip-club legislation.

Three businesses joined in a lawsuit against the county filed in federal court in Greenbelt in August, and International Nite Life sued in the same court on Oct. 3.

At issue are a host of rules expected to take effect as soon as today governing how and when strip clubs can operate. The regulations include a mandatory-licensing system for strippers, earlier closing times, security requirements and a ban on giving tips to dancers.

Under those rules, dancers have to pay the county $200 a year for a license. And applications must include proof of identification and stage names or nicknames used during performances.

Violations carry potential criminal penalties, including up to six months in prison and fines of up to $1,000 for each breach. …