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Undercover Police at Gay Bar Leads to 5 Citations

COVINGTON, Ky (Joe Webb) -- A tip about a Covington gay bar leads to charges against male strippers and the bar owner.

The 701 bar promotes a male stripper event on Monday nights featuring a gay pornography star.

Monday night, the crowd at 701 included undercover Covington police officers that thought the show crossed the line.

A lot of clubs that aren't strip clubs have promotions with scantily clad women or men to draw a crowd.

It's not illegal unless there's nudity or physical contact with the crowd.  Covington police say that happened at 701 bar last night.

Bar management says it didn't and feels it's being unfairly targeted.

On Facebook, 701 bar promotes itself as a gay bar with regular special events.

Magic Mykey Monday was advertised for September 16th featuring porn star Rocky Houston and Josh Michael. 

Four male dancers, two from northern Kentucky and two from Ohio, left 701 last night with more than a few bucks in tips because four undercover Covington Vice officers were in the crowd.

The dancers got citations to court next month for prohibited nudity.
That's not allowed in a bar and it's not appreciated by some of the neighbors.

Dan Spoonamore, a neighbor, said, It shouldn't happen around here.  Like I said there's a lot of residential neighbors and all that so lots of kids in the neighborhood and they shouldn't have to walk up and down the street and see something like that.

The bar's co- owner was also cited for operating a sexually oriented business without a license.  The citations claim the dancers exposed their buttocks, simulated sex acts and touched patrons while accepting tips.

The city of Covington says it had received complaints about the shows and crowds in front of the business.  They forwarded them to Covington police.

The 701 bar is in a residential area.  Some children live nearby but not every neighbor is complaining.  They may not be thrilled with stripper shows at the bar but say 701 is not a bad neighbor.

Neighbor Ray Stanton said of 701, They do a bang up job of making sure that trouble doesn't spill out into the street and that noise doesn't spill out into the street and litter.  They keep people out of the alley behind the bar.  They really police it very well.

The bar owner didn't want to speak on camera today but says he has video of what took place Monday night and there is no nudity or illegal activity. 

Covington police obviously disagree. 

Attorney Fred Johnson, who represents the bar, says 701 has no history with the city of being unruly and he doesn't believe the bar is in conflict with any city ordinances.  He thinks they can get things straightened out.

The dancers and bar owner will be in court on the charges October 8th, 2013.



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