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Exotic Dancer Practices in Front Yard to the Chagrin of Neighbors

Aired April 19, 2000 - 1:22 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, you know what they say: practice makes perfect. But in Lafayette, Indiana, a woman who practices her job in her front yard is making her neighbors angry.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Well, Kim Mattes is an exotic dancer, that's her job.

And as Glen Augustine of CNN affiliate W-I-S-H, WISH, reports, neighbors complain she's turned her driveway into a runway.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

GLEN AUGUSTINE, WISH REPORTER (voice-over): This is video of Kim Mattes taken two weeks ago. She lives on a busy county road and neighbors slow down or stop to watch her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Keep it in the house, take it into her club, put it behind a fence.

AUGUSTINE: Concerned neighbors say loaded school buses pass by here everyday, they know Mattes is acting within her rights...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But she is also in full view of the public and she is infringing on our right to decide for our children what they can and cannot see.

BILL WENDLING, ATTORNEY: Fundamentally, in this country, it really doesn't matter what she's doing out there, as long as she's not violating the indecency statutes of the state of Indiana.

AUGUSTINE: Wendling defends Mattes's routine as exercise.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: ... banking herself again. I don't know what type of exercise that is.

AUGUSTINE: Neighbors showed this tape at the Tippecanoe County commissioner's meeting. They say since they went public with their complaints, Mattes has toned down her act. The neighbors want the county to ban Mattes's dance. But John Steel (ph) doesn't.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What others do may not be what we like or what we want our children to like, but it is their right. Part of my military service was fighting for that right. KATHLEEN HUDSON, COMMISSIONER: Absolutely disgusting. It's embarrassing, appalling.

AUGUSTINE: But, the commissioners say, they can't stop it.

(on camera): Tippecanoe County prosecutor Jerry Bean (ph) says his office has this case under investigation, and he hopes to decide sometime this week if he can do anything about Mattes's front yard dancing.

AUGUSTINE (voice-over): The neighbors say they don't want Mattes to face criminal charges, they'd rather end this quickly and quietly.

HUDSON: But be assured, if this continues as it has in the past, we will not go away quickly or quietly.

AUGUSTINE: I'm Glen Augustine reporting for CNN.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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