Kahoots dancer talks about lawsuit against Columbus police officers

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Carla Hoover is one of six Kahoots Strip Club employees suing Columbus Police Officers who previously worked in the disbanded vice unit. 

Hoover and the federal lawsuit filed by her attorney allege Whitney Lancaster and Steven Rosser unfairly targeted 6 Kahoots dancers because of a problem they had with Kahoots owners over a bouncer the club fired. 

“Rosser and the bouncer have known each other for a while,” said Hoover. 

The lawsuit alleges sometime in October 2017 Rosser threatened Kahoots owners that he’d “File a Bunch of Tickets” if they didn’t re-hire that bouncer. 

The following month, Hoover says she received a citation via certified letter for allegedly violating the city’s no-touching law on October 27th during a $40 2-for-1 lap dance with Rosser. Problem is, Hoover says she wasn’t even working that day. 

“I wasn’t there. I was at home. I had physical therapy that day,” she said. 

Soon, Hoover says she received a 2nd additional citation claiming she’d broken the same law October 28th. 

“They changed the date because they knew I wasn’t there,” she said. 

Hoover fought the charges which were dismissed. 

Despite that, Hoover says her days as a dancer in Ohio are over. 

“I can’t dance anywhere in Ohio because of it. When I do go out of state they question me about it. I have had jobs turned down because of it,” she said. 

Typically the city attorney’s office represents police officers in cases like this but a spokesperson with Zach Klein says no decision has been made about representation for the men. 

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