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January 26, 2010 at 7:04 PM

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Lusty Lady performers had admirer from above

Posted by Cathy McLain

Written by Times staff reporter Nicole Tsong

Maybe he was just confused about how peep shows work.

Seattle police arrested and booked a man around 2 a.m. Saturday for investigation of malicious mischief after he climbed into the space above the ceiling at the Lusty Lady in an apparent attempt to get into the women's dressing room.

According to a police report, the man came in the front door of the famed downtown Seattle peep-show club -- backward -- then went into a viewing stall. He somehow got into the ceiling crawl space overhead.

Then, he crashed through the glass-panel ceiling above the dance floor, startling a performer below when his legs came through the glass.

The woman told police she heard what she thought was kicking or pounding above her head beforehand, the report says.

The man was still in the ceiling crawl space when police arrived, and was arrested after he jumped down, the report says. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of malicious mischief.

The man "made no statements to explain why he was inside the ceiling crawl space," the report says.

But his Lusty Lady lark caused so much damage to the club that it had to be shut down for the night, the report says.

The man was released from jail Monday night.

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