Smooth owner returns to porn

By Reed Samson, NewsNetNebraska

Club Smooth was a dream Shane Harrington believed would allow him to leave the porn business behind.

On Feb., 28, the 38-year-old Lincoln man sold the club located at 1644 O St., to Main Street Cafe owner Lawrence Chatters after two and a half costly years of fighting for a liquor license.

Harrington claims to have lost $300,000 in planning, remodeling and managerial fees on Club Smooth.

And he’s back in porn, a business move he said is partly revenge for Club Smooth’s failure.

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Shane Harrington

“I was never going to get a liquor license because I had made all my money in adult websites here in Lincoln,” Harrington said.  “They said anyone who would be willing to make their money in the adult world would have to be of bad character.”

Tom Casady, former Lincoln Police Chief, testified at a City Council public hearing in 2011 and pointed out a string of misdemeanor convictions from Harrington’s youth and a breach of Lincoln Municipal Code concerning some of the pictures featured on his adult website. The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission then unanimously voted to deny the club a license.

“I was at a point where I wanted to spend time with my kids — sell the porn company, sell real estate and just have a job I liked to do and make good money and spend time with my family,” Harrington said. “That was when the club came about.  And then that didn’t work out, and all they told me was because I was the porn guy.”

Harrington claims to have made millions with ex-wife and porn star Melissa Harrington, known online as MelissaMidwest, up until their divorce in 2009.

The divorce marked the last year MelissaMidwest released new material.

“Before my wife and I we’re having fun with it and making lots of money,” he said.  “This time I’m trying to make money and get back at all those people who decided it was funny to deny me a liquor license.”

Harrington now boasts he’s found a new star, 19-year-old ValMidwest, who went live online for the first time March 1.

ValMidwest, or Valerie Dodds, graduated from Catholic high school Lincoln Pius X last year and said her move into the adult industry has caught some heat from the religious community.  Dodds remains excited about her future despite any backlash.

“My plans are to be bigger and badder than Melissa, but I understand she was the biggest so that will take time,” Dodds said.

Harrington said ValMidwest is the perfect candidate for his revenge on the city.

“She wants to be a star and she wants everyone to know her and she doesn’t care what she needs to do to do that,” he said.  “That’s the perfect storm.”

Harrington knows how much money he can make in the porn business, and more importantly how much filming it in Lincoln rankles city officials.

“The thing they hated the most was the websites,” Harrington said.  “I offered to sell my websites for a liquor license, since that was the issue, but it was too late they said I’d already dug my hole. Now, I’m gonna dig a bigger hole and push them all in it.”

 

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