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Madonna named in strip club testimony

Testimony of celebrities and sex returned to the Gold Club trial Monday, and this time it didn't involve only men's names.

Madonna once visited the strip club and left with a dancer, former club manager George Kontos testified. And Kontos said he witnessed actor Stephen Baldwin and NBA star John Starks receive sexual favors in the club.

Kontos said he did not know if any dancers were ever paid for alleged sexual favors, but he said little happened at the club without owner Steve Kaplan's permission. None of the celebrities has been charged with wrongdoing.

When Madonna came to the club, Kontos testified, she asked if she could leave with a dancer with the stage name "Baby." Kontos was told that was okay, he testified, but he did not say what happened next.

Asked for comment, Madonna spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg said the pop superstar has not been to Atlanta in "years and years, so I don't think it could have happened." She added: "I don't know if it's anything that Madonna would be ashamed of, by the way."

Kontos, who was a manager from 1994-96, said Baldwin visited the club in late 1995 or early 1996. Baldwin was taken to a private Gold Room and said if he could be provided sexual favors, "he wouldn't mind," Kontos testified.

Starks, in grand jury testimony, has admitted having sex with club dancers. Baldwin's publicist, James Moore, said he would contact his client for comment but did not call back.

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