Nightclub's Fat Tuesday party leads to citations for indecent exposure

March 05, 2003|By John Woestendiek | John Woestendiek,SUN STAFF

The girls went wild, but the police went undercover, and a dozen or more women -- urged by a bar, a radio station and the makers of a video series to take off their tops -- were cited for indecent exposure as they stepped off the stage last night at a Baltimore nightclub.

"Pardi Gras 2003," this year's annual Fat Tuesday event at Bohager's -- and one that regulars say always includes some flashes of nudity -- had an added draw this time: It was being filmed for the makers of Girls Gone Wild, a series of videos, advertised on late night television, that feature young women revealing their breasts at parties, spring break locations and Mardi Gras.

The event, sponsored locally by Bohager's and radio station 98 Rock, was one of several nationwide in which local representatives are being chosen to compete in a pay-per-view special this month.

"It's wrong," said Stacy Kreiner, who was cited minutes after she and a friend bared their breasts on stage. She said a Bohager's bouncer had assured her it was legal.

The citations didn't list a fine, but the women are required to appear in court April 4.

Nightclub owner Damian Bohager, clearly incensed, said police had issued about 10 citations by 10:30 p.m.

The club had given no warning by 11 p.m. that police were citing customers. Dancers continued baring their breasts and receiving citations, after which many went to the nightclub office to complain.

"We've done this for eight years," said Bohager. "This is Fat Tuesday. This is Mardi Gras. Baltimore is one of the major cities in the country. And all of the sudden, the vice squad comes out of nowhere and starts issuing citations? For this? Do you think that would happen in New Orleans?"

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