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Flynt Threatens To Sue Cincinnati

March 30, 1998

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Defiant as ever, Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt threatened to sue the city that once prosecuted him for obscenity after police raided his X-rated store.

The Hustler store was closed for four hours Friday night while police took an inventory of all the items for sale. Flynt’s brother, Jimmy Flynt, said the lost business cost him about $5,000.

``They ran customers off,″ he said. ``They took pictures of all my products and confiscated all of my business records.″

Flynt’s store reopened on Saturday, and no charges were filed.

City ordinances restrict the locations of adult-oriented businesses, and a license is required for any business that makes a ``significant or substantial amount″ of its money from sexually explicit merchandise.

Flynt attorney H. Louis Sirkin said there is no clear definition of what ``significant″ means.

Flynt, who lives in Los Angeles, opened the store in Cincinnati last year, saying he wanted to confront prosecutors and force a retrial on the obscenity charges he faced in 1977.

Police did not return a telephone message Sunday seeking comment.

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