SUITLAND, Md. – [www.wjla.com]- A federal judge has stripped away a law putting limits on strip clubs in Prince George’s County.
For years, government officials in the county have been trying to curtail the way adult entertainers perform in the county’s strip clubs. In fact, a bill was drawn up that laid out some rules, such as no touching by the patrons. But on Thursday a judge said the bill went to far.
A woman who performs under the name ‘Xtacy’ says she is an entertainer, nothing more nothing less, and also says she’s ecstatic that a federal court has cleared the way for her to continue working. ABC 7 Talkback:
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“This is an art form. That’s what it is and I’m glad that a federal judge was able to sit up there and say guess what this is an art form that’s all it is,” Xtacy said.
For more than four years lawyer Jimmy Bell, along with Xtacy and other adult entertainers who perform at Prince Georges County clubs such as Legend, have been fighting a 2005 state law that would have restricted how they perform and unfairly wiped out their ability to make a living.
Thursday, U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis ruled the bill unconstitutionally broad, adding that it would have punished the owners of FedEx field if players patted each other on the rear.
One gentleman who dances under the name Assassin says the judge made the right call.
“This is what I do. I love entertaining ladies….ladies should have somewhere to go to express themselves, let their hair down and have fun,” Assassin said.
A spokesperson for County Executive Jack Johnson says the office of law is going over the ruling and the law, but say they have not decided on what steps will be taken.