Lap dancing in bars is not protected by the First Amendment, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, rejecting an Atlantic City tavern’s challenge of the constitutionality of a New Jersey regulation that prohibits “any lewdness or immoral activity” on liquor-licensed premises.

Lawyers for the Moulin Rouge bar argued that the regulation is “vague” and “overbroad,” and that it should not be applied to erotic dancers who wear bikini tops and bottoms.

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