An exotic dancer is allowed to proceed with a defamation lawsuit against HBO

An exotic dancer with dwarfism is allowed to proceed with a defamation lawsuit alleging that HBO’s docudrama “We Own This City,” falsely implied that she engaged in prostitution with the former leader of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Task Force, a federal judge has ruled.

The plaintiff, Shanea Daniel, filed a lawsuit against Home Box Office’s television series “We Own This City,” which follows the rise and fall of the task force, over a scene in which her character allegedly has sex with Sgt. Wayne Jenkins for money. While Daniel admitted to giving Jenkins a lap dance in real life at the Millstream Inn Gentlemen’s Club in 2015, she denied having sexual contact with him, according to an opinion filed Dec. 7 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

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