No Strip Club For Athens After 6-Year Fight

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

ATHENS (AP) - Athens reached a settlement that will stop a strip club from opening there for the first time.

Federal Judge Algenon Marbley dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Athens on Monday, the same day a jury trial was set to begin.

The dismissal came after the businessman who wanted to open the city's first strip club, Christopher Stotts, and his landlord reached a settlement with the city, which is home to Ohio University.

City attorney Chuck Curley said in a statement that the city's insurance company will pay $425,000 to the two men.

In exchange, Stotts will withdraw his application to open the strip club and dismiss his civil-rights lawsuit against the city.

Stotts' attorney, Louis Sirkin, did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

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