The Baltimore County liquor board has ordered a $1,000 fine and a four-day license suspension for a Towson-area nightclub that allowed two dancers to bare their breasts and pose topless for photographs with customers.
Police and liquor board investigators said they observed the violations at the Original Kaos club, located off the 1500 block of E. Joppa Road, on two nights last November and December. The dancers also allowed customers to fondle them, investigators said.
Liquor board rules prohibit dancers from fully baring their breasts or coming into contact with customers.
The suspension will run Monday through Thursday.
On March 9 last year, Kaos was fined $500 for allowing dancers to expose their breasts and dance less than 6 feet from their customers. Board Chairman William R. Snyder said he hopes the latest penalties will end the problem. If not, "We will have to be firmer and more severe."
Eugene J. Tovey, majority owner of Emerald City Inc., which owns the club, told the board he asked the Madison, Wis., theatrical agency that booked his monthly featured acts to advise dancers of county rules.
"[But] with these girls, there's always a problem," he said. "They're used to a more upbeat type of exotic show dance." Local dancers hired by the club directly have not been a problem, he said.
Kaos attorney Richard J. Reinhardt called the county's rules on such dancers "kind of antiquated," and said, "We can't stand up on stage and stop an act. . . . We could be in violation of the dancers'] contract."
Mr. Snyder rejected that argument. "Anyone who has a place of business must exercise control over the people who work there, whether they are under their direct control or under contract to an agency," he said.