Lawsuit against Vegas stripping class lands in court’s lap

Melissa Quinn Contributor
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The producer of a well-known Las Vegas stripping class is facing a lawsuit after instructors alleged hidden video cameras recorded them “in various stages of dress and undress” and performing ”many very personal and private acts.”

According to the VEGAS INC blog, five “Stripper 101” instructors filed suit against producer David Saxe after they found video cameras in the ceiling. The instructors alleged that he hid the cameras and told them the venue was a private place where they could change clothes. Signs were posted forbidding cameras, they added.

On Jan. 14, one instructor found a camera and another learned that it fed video back to the management’s office computer.

Saxe, their lawsuit alleged, had the cameras set up in an area where instructors and students dressed and undressed so he he and others could watch. It’s not clear what the “personal and private acts” captured on video were, but the class involves pole dancing, lap dancing and striptease techniques.

Defense attorney Jennifer Arledge said the cameras were installed for surveillance and security purposes.

The instructors seek more than $50,000 in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Arledge, though, said the plaintiffs have continued teaching “Stripper 101” classes, and that they now have a separate area to change.

“Stripper 101” opened in 2006, attracting thousands of female students. The class is performed at the V Theater in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

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