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Lenny Bruce Pleads Not Guilty to Indecency Rap

Apr. 5, 1964 - Comedian Lenny Bruce pleaded not guilty yesterday to a charge of giving an indecent performance in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse. Judge Vincent P. Rao in Criminal Court released him on $1,000 bail for trial April 23. Howard Solomon, manager of the Café au Go Go, 152 Bleecker Street, who had been arrested with Bruce, was paroled in his own recognizance until the trial. Solomon, 35 years old of 60 East Ninth Street, also pleaded not guilty.

Bruce, who is 38, was arrested Friday night at the café. Plainclothes men had attended a performance at the club last Sunday and made a recording of the act. Bruce has been arrested twice before on charges of obscenity in his nightclub act.

In a performance at the café last night, Bruce presented slightly altered material than the evening before, spelling out certain words to the audience instead of pronouncing them. He was not arrested.

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