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07/10/2012

Alliance seeks summary judgment against Velvet Box, cites "dildos and artificial vaginas"

Not very often that you see this kind of terminology in a lawsuit filing.

Alliance Town Center Association, in its suit seeking to oust its tenant The Velvet Box, which sells adult novelties, has filed a motion for summary judgment in the 342nd State District Court in Fort Worth.

The motion maintains The Velvet Box continues to operate in violation of state and local laws and language in its lease barring the operation of a sexually oriented business. Fort Worth Police have said The Velvet Box, which also operates a store in Fort Worth’s West 7th district, is not classified as a sexually oriented business.

“In September 2009, Velvet Box opened a retail store specializing in a variety of sexually-oriented products, including vibrators, dildos, ‘strap on’ dildos, male rnasturbators, anal beads, butt-plugs, cock rings, anal lubricants, sex restraints, sex harnesses, whips, sex lubricants, sex books and other such products,” the latest filing, by Alliance Town Center attorney Kelly Hart & Hallman, said.

The Velvet Box “strangely denies that its sex shop is ‘sexually-oriented’,” the filing says.

The filing went to say The Velvet Box sells “obscene devices”  - specifically singling out “dildos and artificial vaginas” in violation of state law.

- Scott Nishimura

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