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Chippendales Dancer Arrested During Striptease

August 22, 1988

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A male dancer went too far during a Chippendales nightclub striptease being watched by 120 women and two undercover police officers, who arrested the performer for lewd conduct, authorities said.

Bernard Tavis, 23, was booked for investigation of committing lewd acts, allegedly exposing himself, during his solo performance Saturday night.

Tavis was released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear in court Sept. 14, said police Sgt. Kevin Kurzhals.

David Levi, Chippendales general manager, said the arrest was ″another attempt by the police department to harass Chippendales.″ The nightclub recently faced closure for allegedly violating fire department regulations on overcrowding.

″The same act has been done at the club and on the ‘Donahue’ and ‘Geraldo’ shows,″ he said.

″If it can be done on national television, I don’t see why it can’t be done in a nightclub.″

Tavis’ arrest was in response to a complaint, said police Officer Jack Rinallo, who declined to describe the alleged lewd act.

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