Sunday, May 16, 1999

Flynt looking for 'Hustler' retailers

Magazine would be readily available

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Hustler magazine may be coming to a store near you.

        For the past two years, the only place Hustler and its 30 sister publications have been available in Hamilton County have been publisher Larry Flynt's downtown Cincinnati store, managed by his brother, Jimmy, and a Cleves drive-through called Wayne's World.

        All that could change soon.

        “We're going to go out and look for as many retailers as we can get to carry the magazine,” said Jimmy Flynt. “If they can carry Playboy and Penthouse, they can carry us.”

        Last week, Hamilton County prosecutors settled their criminal pandering obscenity case against the Flynts, and Hustler's X-rated videos were immediately pulled out of Hustler's downtown store.

        But the settlement, Jimmy Flynt said, didn't say anything about distributing the magazine elsewhere in the city.

        Flynt publications have not been available in Cincinnati stores since 1977, when Larry Flynt was convicted in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court of pandering obscenity. It was later overturned.

        Retailers never picked up Hustler, Jimmy Flynt said, “because they were intimidated by the police and prosecutors.”

        Jimmy Flynt said he does not expect any interference from police or prosecutors now.

        “I will assure you of one thing — if they do go after us on the magazine, there won't be any deals this time.”

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