Porn Star Mary Carey Who Ran for CA Guv Arrested

April 19, 2005

LAKEWOOD, Wash. - Mary Carey, a pornographic film star who ran for California governor in a recall election in 2003, has been arrested in a raid on a new strip club in this Tacoma suburb, police said.

Carey, whose real name is Mary Cook, was among five people who were arrested early Saturday at Club Paradise, and 11 others were given citations, police Lt. Bret A. Farrar said.

All 16 were accused of violating the local adult cabaret ordinance, some by getting too close to customers and others - including Carey_ by touching themselves in a sexual manner. No accusations were made of prostitution or other sex acts code.

Besides Carey, police arrested another dancer, two managers and the club's limousine driver, Farrar said.

In raids the week of April 1, shortly after the club opened, police issued about a dozen citations and made one arrest, he added.

Carey finished 10th among 135 candidates on the ballot in California two years ago as voters recalled Democrat Gray Davis and elected Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor.

Farrar said the cases have been sent to prosecutors.

"We're recommending that they revoke their license," he said. "We're trying to send a clear message that were trying to clean up Lakewood."

An adult entertainment club called Stilettos at the same site was shut down by police last year for numerous code violations.

Club Paradise owner Ray Henson said he met with police to discuss regulations before he opened and accused officers of unfairly targeting him for past problems.

"I'm the cleanest club there is," he said. "I tried to be as cooperative as possible. Every time I've had a big crowd, they come in."