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New twists surface in case against Oklahoma City strip club

Oklahoma City’s attorneys on Friday dropped legal effort to ban adult entertainment at Red Light Nights Gentleman’s Club. On Tuesday, attorneys began reevaluating that decision and may try again for ban.
by Nolan Clay Published: July 30, 2014

The music plays on at a south Oklahoma City strip club while attorneys study decades-old documents to try to figure out if it has been operating legally all along.

Oklahoma City’s attorneys on Friday dropped their effort to ban adult entertainment at Red Light Nights Gentleman’s Club.

By Tuesday, they were re-evaluating that decision and may seek a ban again.

Oklahoma City’s attorneys filed a public nuisance lawsuit May 19 against the club. They were asking a judge to ban adult entertainment at Red Light Nights. They contended it was operating illegally because it is within 500 feet of “an area zoned for residential use.”

Red Light Nights is at 3600 S Hattie Ave., just west of Interstate 35 in south Oklahoma City. Across the street is a small neighborhood of six houses.

Oklahoma City’s attorneys dismissed their lawsuit Friday after finding adult entertainment had been allowed at that same location — 31 years ago.

The Oklahoma City Board of Adjustment in July 1983 gave Parkey Inc. an exception to the city’s restrictions. Parkey Inc. had opened a Vixen’s Club at the location. The board decided granting the club an adult entertainment permit “would not result in any adverse effect upon the surrounding property owners.”

What has the city’s attorneys reevaluating their decision is a judicial ruling from January 1986.

Turns out Oklahoma City Councilman Pete White had been so upset over the 1983 exception that he personally appealed it in court.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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