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Judge orders new survey, re-inspection of Hustler Hollywood

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – There was no ruling in court on Monday as to whether Hustler Hollywood can open its doors.

But a judge in Caddo District Court gave the company something of a minor victory, saying the city of Shreveport must re-inspect the store before December 1 to justify the closure.

The judge also ordered new measurements of the store to be taken. The new inspection requires the city to actually measure the store and its inventory to see how much space is actually devoted to banned sex items.

Two weeks ago, the city sued for keeping the doors closed on a store that sells sexually oriented items.

City ordinances allow stores like Hustler Hollywood to open without special permits so long as the display of sexually explicit materials and novelty items does not exceed 20% of their retail space. That’s a rule Hustler Hollywood attorney Scott Sternberg said his client didn’t break.

“What the judge rightly emphasized today is that we had a number of different sets of numbers, and so if we get the right numbers, the right measurements, we can figure out if 18.5% is the right number,” Sternberg said on Monday.

Regardless, neighbors who live near Hustler Hollywood say they don’t want the store in their neighborhood.

“Go in front of the City Council and the MPC and have the rules changed,” neighbor Brad Buckman said. “There needs to be stricter rules on how the city needs to get the neighborhood involved before they allow this type of business.”

Sternberg said he’s confident Hustler Hollywood didn’t do anything wrong.

In the meantime, the judge’s original restraining order remains in effect, keeping the store closed.

The next hearing is scheduled for December 12th.

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