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.