Disneyland Suer Says Club Discriminated

Associated Press

A man who sued Disneyland for barring same-sex dancing filed a sex-discrimination lawsuit Friday against a resort nightclub for allegedly refusing to admit him to a male exotic dance show.

Andrew Ross Exler, 28, of Palm Springs said in his suit, filed in Indio Superior Court, that the Pompeii nightclub violated a July 7, 1988, settlement agreement with him by barring him from seeing the show.

John Boreta, owner of the Cathedral City club near Palm Springs, said he was unaware Exler had been denied entrance since the settlement, which allowed men and women to attend the male dance shows.

"I was never notified of it," he said.

But Exler said he was refused entrance on several occasions this year and last year to the Tuesday night male dance show. Men are allowed into the club, but only into an upstairs bar away from the show, he said.

"I have clearly documented that they have continued to discriminate," he said.

His suit seeks unspecified general and punitive damages, costs and a permanent injunction against selective admission policies at Pompeii.

The suit is one of several filed by Exler, a paralegal student.

In June, he filed suit against the Chippendales nightclub in Los Angeles for allegedly barring him and another man and a woman from entering the male strip show. In 1984, he won a suit against Disneyland for refusing to allow him to dance with another man at the park. He and his friend were evicted from the park.

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