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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Molly Location: Prentiss TWP ME on Jun 16, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    Chris...When you reach the age of 56, you will know.."It ain't over."
  • by James Garfield Location: Marshall,NC on Dec 9, 2008 at 10:49 AM
    This all came about because of a few uptight citizens. This lady did nothing wrong. Just danced a little different than some of the people at the Depot! It's time for some of the citizens to realize that times are changing & they have to get out of their 19th Century mentality & live in our 21st Century world. As I remember my parents didn't like the new way of dancing when I grew up, but went along with it. You can't stop progress. THIS IS 2008(almost 2009) MARSHALL!!!!!....Let's get with the program.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Nov 14, 2008 at 02:15 PM
    The story said 8 years ago AT the age of 56.. she is 64 now. Assuming her lawyer would get 30% of the money for a "contingency" fee, that would leave her setting with less than $200K dollars. If she lives to the age of 74, that is basically $20K a year before taxes are taken out. Not exactly set for life by most standards, but I guess she could go out and blow the $200K dollars on a few nice cars, maybe some bling bling, and have a good time for atleast a year or two. I have to wonder, at age 56 why was she so frisky? Is it common for women of that age to throw it around?
  • by J Davis Location: Williamston on Nov 13, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    Haha! Thats great. Look at those Tax Payer dollars hard at work. Congratulations to the lady. At age 56, she is now set for life all thanks to an uptight mayor.
  • by Johnny on Nov 13, 2008 at 10:18 AM
    "Nobody puts baby in the corner"
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