Dirty Dancing Ban Costs Town $275,000

A small mountain town is paying $275,000 to a woman who accused officials of violating her First Amendment rights by banning her from a community hangout for what they considered lewd dancing.

Rebecca Willis of Madison County was banned from the Marshall Depot eight years ago at the age of 56. A letter from the mayor had cited her "inappropriate behavior," as well as previous warnings.

Willis said in a statement Thursday that she's happy with the settlement and said it sent a message to the town that it should allow for diversity and free expression in the community. She said she no longer wants to dance at the refurbished train station where she used to socialize.

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