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Nevada Supreme Court Makes Decision about Burlesque Dancer Lawsuit

Saturday, October, 15, 2016

A lawsuit was recently filed against a Las Vegas nightclub alleging owners secretly filmed burlesque dancers naked and changing into their costumes in the private dressing room. The lawsuit has passed a preliminary hurdle and is headed to court. The recent legal decision was made by the Nevada Supreme Court and resulted in the disputing not being sent to arbitration. Four women are named as plaintiffs in the suit, but the suit mentions two other women whose cases will go to arbitration.


According to the suit, six dancers accuse club managers at the 1923 Bourbon and Burlesque, located at Mandalay Bay casino and hotel on the Strip, of recording video in the shared dressing area from April to August 2014. The suit was filed in 2015 and named the defendants as Fat Hat LLC, doing business as 1923 Bourbon and Burlesque by Holly Madison. The Ice Lounge Las Vegas was also named in the suit, which was another location were dancers performed. Five additional defendants were named in the suit.


The suit seeks damages based on allegations of invasion of privacy, negligence, infliction of emotional distress, and civil conspiracy. Despite the club’s label of burlesque, dancers were always in clothing and never performed topless.


Madison, who is an author, reality star, and wife of music event promoter Pasquale Rotella, promoted the club when it first opened, but has spoken of the club minimally in social media since. Madison is a former Playboy spokesmodel and spent years performing in a burlesque-style show at the Planet Hollywood hotel on the Strip.