The City of Alexandria and Krista McClellan Clouse, a professional opera singer, have amicably resolved a lawsuit brought by Clouse stemming from her September 2016 arrest under the city’s Noise Control Code while performing in Old Town’s Central Business District, according to a city news release. Clouse was represented by the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Clouse is an award-winning international opera singer who has performed professionally all over the world. A native of Alexandria, she has been performing publicly in Old Town for many years and is a member of Alexandria’s public arts community.
“I am proud to call Alexandria home,” said Clouse. “I appreciate all that the City of Alexandria and its law enforcement do to promote a safe environment in Old Town where the public arts can thrive. I hope that my experience can help promote the constitutional rights of street performers and inspire others to participate in Alexandria’s historic arts community.”
City staff is undertaking a comprehensive review of the city’s noise ordinance and will recommend any necessary changes to the City Council.