Strip clubs suing to block 'full nudity' ban
Kansas City, MO – As expected, a legal challenge has been launched against a Missouri law banning full nudity and lap dances in strip clubs.
Richard Bryant, an attorney for the Missouri Association of Club Executives, filed the lawsuit Monday in Cole County.. Bryant argues the law is unconstitutional because it is unrelated to the original purpose of the legislation, which was to toughen the state's drunk-driving laws.
"The purpose of the original bill changed," he said Wednesday. "There is now a dual purpose, which is prohibited. And of course the title changed from one that was fairly clear as it related to drunk driving to one that's pretty unclear, talking about just crime."
The plaintiffs include the Missouri chapter of the Association of Club Executives, three strip club dancers and a patron. They're seeking a permanent injunction blocking the measure from taking effect.