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Oklahoma City strip club's landlord calls city code unconstitutional

City is asking Oklahoma County judge to order Red Light Nights Gentleman’s Club to stop all adult entertainment. The strip club’s operator has sought a variance from zoning regulations so it can continue to operate,
by Nolan Clay Modified: July 20, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: July 20, 2014
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An Oklahoma City strip club’s landlord is asking a judge to find unconstitutional city regulations restricting adult entertainment.

The landlord, Brenda Belflower, specifically complains about the restriction against “exotic dancers,” and “male or female impersonators,” saying it is unconstitutionally overbroad.

“The ban offends the right to freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,” attorney Eric Groves argued in a legal brief.

The attorney also argued the restriction violated the landlord’s due process rights.

The landlord’s arguments are another twist in the city’s crackdown on strip clubs that have operated for years without proper permits.

Oklahoma City’s attorneys filed a public nuisance lawsuit May 19 against Red Light Nights Gentleman’s Club.

The city’s attorneys have told the judge the club’s location does not qualify for adult entertainment because it is within 500 feet of “an area zoned for residential use.” The city is asking the judge to ban stripping at the location, which used to be a country western bar.

Red Light Nights is at 3600 S Hattie Ave., just west of Interstate 35 in south Oklahoma City. It has been in operation as a gentleman’s club for more than six years. A small neighborhood begins just across the street.

Both the club’s operator and landlord are fighting the lawsuit.

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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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AT A GLANCE

Oklahoma City code and adult entertainment

Here is the definition of adult entertainment in Oklahoma City municipal codes: Amusement or entertainment ... distinguished or characterized by an emphasis on acts or material depicting, describing or relating to “Sexual Conduct” or “Specified Anatomical Areas” ... including, but not limited to, topless or bottomless dancers, exotic dancers, strippers, male or female impersonators, or similar entertainment.

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