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October 15, 2018

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Some residents back Hof in brothel license flap

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Steve Marcus

An exterior view of the Love Ranch legal brothel in Crystal, Nev. Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Dennis Hof at the Love Ranch

Dennis Hof poses in the Bondage and Discipline Room with Madam on the Menu Sonja Bandolik, left, and legal prostitute Paris Envy at his Love Ranch legal brothel in Crystal, Nev. Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Hof recently won the Republican primary election for Nevada State Assembly District 36. Launch slideshow »

Some Nye County residents complained to commissioners today about a previous vote to not renew Dennis Hof’s brothel and liquor licenses for the Love Ranch South in nearby Crystal.

In the Aug. 7 vote, commissioners cited repeated issues with Hof, including late payments of quarterly brothel fees, as the reason behind the action.

The status of the licenses will be addressed tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, as Hof seeks a preliminary injunction to allow the brothel to reopen.

Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, a Pahrump resident, questioned if there was any way to address the situation without going to court.

“Can we settle this with Dennis without lawsuits and all these people complaining?” Fleiss said. “Can we find middle ground here? Would you rather have the lawsuits?”

“There are other ways of doing this than closing down the business where a lot of people are affected,” said Fleiss, who is in talks to buy the brothel.

Jeanine Pinkerton, assistant general manager of Love Ranch South, told commissioners to remember her, “because you have not only affected me, you have affected every other employee that works at Love Ranch.”

Nye County resident Dave Stevens applauded the county’s decision, saying he was not in favor of legal brothels. “They’re giving this town a bad name,” he said.

The board had to warn the largely pro-Hof crowd to quiet down as Stevens spoke, threatening to have them removed as they jeered him.