Posted on 22nd May 2012 @ 10:21 AM
In Las Vegas, a group of women are suing David Saxe, their business manager. Why? They are suing because they recently discovered hidden cameras that had been placed in their studio, where they taught their pole dancing class, without permission. The women, who instruct the pole dancing course, had always comforted their clients by telling them that cameras were completely forbidden in their area.
Plaintiffs Rachael Carter, Lana Stewart, Jill Sutherin, Kindra Kroll and Nicole Cherry say that they discovered cameras while moving and cleaning some equipment in their studio. They were trying to move what they thought was a strobe light. According to the official statement of the lawsuit, which was filed on March 16th, one of the women discovered the camera while trying to move what she thought was a strobe light with a broom. Turns out, it was a surveillance camera.
Shortly after the discovery of the first camera, they found another camera in the studio. According to the group, the studio would serve as both a stage for the dancing demonstrations and classes and as a kind of dressing room where the students, mostly young women, "even disrobe and get down to their underwear" because of "assurances that there are no cameras in the room," the lawsuit states.
The defendants include Saxe, his production company, and several of his employees. On the report, there are allegations of invasion of privacy, conspiracy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. In an attempt to get the case dismissed, the lawyers for the defendants said that the cameras were installed as part of an update to the already existing security system.
In the class, the Stripper 101 instructors show "exotic dance moves including but not limited to poses and gestures creating an erotic yet comfortable experience using pole dancing, chair moves and sexual postures" for tourists and attendees to follow, the lawsuit states.
After discovering the cameras, Carter asked management to remove them, saying the instructors and attendees had an expectation of privacy and did not know cameras where filming them. She noted signs posted in the area banning cameras, according to the lawsuit.
The stripping teachers and their students had an expectation of privacy in the room, the lawsuit states, pointing to a 2009 incident when a male employee walked into the classroom without knocking while some of the women were undressing.
The women complained, and a manager put a lock on the door so no one could burst in unannounced, the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit asks for more than $350,000 in punitive and other damages because of actions that were "outrageous and beyond the bounds of conduct usually tolerated in a civilized community."
In their motion to dismiss, Saxe and the other defendants say the women's case "contains misstatements of fact, half-truths and misrepresentations."
It also attacks the "colorful unsubstantiated allegations" as an attempt to "paint a picture of perverse malfeasance hoping to tarnish the reputation of defendants merely by making the accusations a public record."
The video cameras were installed in the Stripper 101 classroom as part of an ongoing upgrade of the video surveillance system in the V Theater and other nearby venues. "Video surveillance is a commonly utilized security tool in any casino and/or show in Las Vegas," the motion states.
The lawsuit also denies claims that the video was accessed by employees to watch the women performing "personal and private acts."
A hearing is set for July 19 on the defendants' motion to dismiss.