Liquor board finds Bourbon Street not guilty after 'Girls Gone Wild' incident
The liquor board found Bourbon Street not guilty yesterday of disturbing the peace -- a charge stemming from a "Girls Gone Wild" incident at the Baltimore megaclub.
In September, Bourbon Street invited promoters from the X-rated video series "Girls Gone Wild" to throw a party at the downtown club. According to their contract, the camera crews were only supposed to be filming on the "Girls Gone Wild" bus, which was parked outside, club owner James Temple said.
But early in the night, "Girls Gone Wild" cameramen entered Bourbon Street and solicited female patrons to expose their breasts.
When they heard cameramen were shooting inside Bourbon Street, Temple and general manager Sam Chaney rounded up the videographers and kicked them out of the club.
The liquor board ruled that Chaney and Temple acted appropriately, chairman Stephan Fogleman said.
"We decided the actions of Temple and Chaney were such that they tried to avoid a disturbance of the peace." Fogleman said. "They did what they should have." ...
"They were doing activities they were not supposed to," Temple said. "I advised them that if they didn't leave the premises, I was going to have them removed and charge them with trespassing."
Liquor board inspectors collected photos and video from the incident, but Fogleman declined to watch the tape.
"I didn't feel comfortable watching it," he said. "It put me in such a weird position."
Bourbon Street was fined $1,600 at yesterday's hearing for underage drinking from a separate incident which occurred on Oct. 1.
(Photo from the club's MySpace page)