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October 14, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Strippers sue to keep Pierce Co. from releasing their names

The Associated Press

A group of strippers is suing Pierce County, saying they don’t want officials to release their business licenses — and their real identities — under a public records request.

The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma on Tuesday on behalf of about 70 dancers and managers at a strip club called Dreamgirls at Fox’s. It says the Pierce County Auditor’s Office has received a public records request from a man wanting copies of adult entertainment licenses on file for the establishment.

An attorney for the dancers acknowledges that the information can be released under the state Public Records Act, but he says the entertainers have free-speech, privacy and safety interests in keeping the licenses and their true identities confidential.

Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson says that absent a court order, her office plans to release the information to the requester next week.

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