Court won’t intervene in strip club closure before Christmas

Former workers gather outside the Foxy Lady strip club, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Providence, R.I. The city ordered the club to close on Wednesday. A city board voted to revoke its licenses after police charged three dancers with prostitution the previous week. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Supreme Court has declined to intervene before Christmas in the closure of New England’s oldest and most well-known strip club.

Justice Francis X. Flaherty denied the request Friday to put a temporary halt on a decision that closed the Foxy Lady in Providence. He set a hearing for Jan. 3 and said the full court may reconsider at that time.

A city board this week revoked all of the club’s licenses after three dancers were arrested last week and charged with prostitution. The move effectively shut the club down and put more than 200 people out of work.

The Foxy Lady opened in 1979.

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