A lesbian and a strip club have settled the woman’s civil rights lawsuit alleging she was denied access to the Industry establishment because she was not accompanied by a man.
Tamara Yatkin of El Segundo filed the suit against Paradise Showgirls in Los Angeles Superior Court last June, seeking unspecified damages as well as an injunction preventing the club from requiring females to be with men before they are allowed inside.
But on April 7, her attorney filed court papers stating that the case was resolved. No terms were divulged. Trial had been scheduled May 18.
According to the lawsuit, Yatkin, 54, went to the club on Valley Blvd. in June 2013 on the recommendation of a longtime customer. She asked the doorman about the cover charge and whether discounts from other clubs were accepted there, the suit states.
“The man told plaintiff the price and asked (her) if she was alone,” the suit states. “Plaintiff responded yes and the man told (her) she had to be accompanied by a man to enter the club.”
An “incredulous” Yatkin asked if he was joking, but the man replied, “it is policy,” the suit states. He said the establishment “had problems with women entering the club and causing problems,” according to the complaint.
“Plaintiff reassured the man that she was not a problem, that she was a lesbian who wanted to spend money and have a good time,” the suit states.
After Yatkin asked to see the manager, the man stated that he was the manager, the suit states.
Yatkin called Paradise Showgirls during the next two weeks for an explanation of their policy and was told they “could not be bothered,” the suit states.
—City News Service