Hotel wants to cancel Richmond's first adult expo

Published: May. 9, 2013 at 2:22 AM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2013 at 3:03 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The hotel hosting Richmond's first sex expo is having second thoughts. Sources at the Clarion Hotel told NBC12 Wednesday, they're trying to stop the expo before it gets there in June.

The RVA Adult Expo is booked for June 1 at Richmond's Clarion Hotel. It has been for months, according to a contract obtained by NBC12.

Shortly after the deal was inked, the hotel was placed under new management. Now, sources there say, the expo doesn't line up with their new image.

"They can do what they're going to do but that's not going to stop us," said adult film star and expo spokeswoman Sun Karma. "We've put a lot of work into this and did everything we had to do that was necessary by Virginia law."

According to Karma, organizers have all the necessary permits, licenses and a solid contract with the hotel.

Karma says, the expo already has twenty vendors and many adult film stars booked, including Richmond's own Lisa Lish and Richelle Ryan.

"It's a Commonwealth state and very conservative so to have this in Richmond, Virginia is creating a lot of buzz," said Ryan.

"We get a bad name for just being adult entertainers," said Lish. "If people actually came and talked to us and saw what it's really about they might like it."

Hotel sources say, if the hotel can't break the contract, it won't rent their rooms to those coming to the expo.

Organizers say if they can't stay at the Clarion, they will stay elsewhere. Both sides have attorneys and say they will result to legal action if they must.

Stay with NBC12 for this developing story.

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