Friday, December 29, 2006

Alabama spray on bikinis, still legal

Swingers & Sex    Passionate Local Singles

BIRMINGHAM | The strippers at Sammy's have a few tools of the trade: Thongs, garter belts stuffed with $1 bills, 6-inch heels and spray-on bikinis.

Under a settlement between 18 adult nightclubs and the Alabama attorney general's office, dancers statewide are spritzing their buttocks and breasts with flesh-colored latex to comply with the state's anti-nudity law, one of the most restrictive in the nation.

Club operators figured out that a combination of thongs and latex spray -- most commonly used as theatrical makeup -- would meet the law's restrictions if dancers used the rubber to cover themselves in just the right places.

The state, which already was defending against a lawsuit filed by strip clubs challenging the law, says it reluctantly went along with the clubs rather than having a federal judge follow through on his threat to throw out the entire statue as unconstitutional.

With the settlement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges against the operator of a Huntsville strip club called Fantasia Gentleman's Club, where dancers earlier this year were accused of illegally dancing in the buff

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