- Associated Press - Sunday, December 13, 2015

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln businessman has filed a third lawsuit against Nebraska officials as part of his effort to open adult entertainment businesses.

Shane Harrington’s latest clash with local officials is in Hastings where he recently opened a private club that provides adult entertainment after a bar closes.

The Hastings Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1SU5uGm ) Harrington opened a private membership gentlemen’s club earlier this month at a bar called The Shed.

Harrington previously filed lawsuits against officials in Hall and Seward counties after he failed to gain approval for adult businesses in those counties. In Hastings, he started operating the club without seeking prior approval.

“I think one day people will look back and when everything is done and over I believe people will say holy s—t, Shane Harrington was right,” he said. “They really were violating the Constitution. They were violating laws. They were passing these on their own personal and religious agendas.’ That’s not how America was set up.”

City officials haven’t yet responded to the lawsuit, but they met with Harrington last week about the business and local rules governing adult businesses.

After that meeting, city officials said they were reviewing the proposed business changes Harrington wanted to make at the bar and how city code and state liquor laws might apply.

Harrington said he doesn’t think those rules apply because he wants to run a private club called the Midwest Girls Club.

Harrington’s plan calls for the bar to operate from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday with scantily clad waitresses who wear lingerie or pasties.

After 1 a.m., the bar locks away the liquor and offers fully-nude dancing for club members to watch.

“Midwest Girls Club is not a ‘business’ in any legal sense of the word and members of a private club are allowed to attend and dance in a state of nudity at a private event on private property without a permit,” Harrington’s lawyer, Evan Spencer, said in the lawsuit.


Information from: Hastings Tribune, https://www.hastingstribune.com

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