By Ian Neubauer
Sexpo Brisbane faced a storm of controversy last week after an erotic dancer who was kicked out for being “too raunchy” announced she was seeking damages and a public apology from the organisers.
New Zealand erotic dancer and soft porn star Lisa Lewis was ejected from the show for allegedly putting her hands in her G-string during a pole dance on two occasions — an act that breaches Sexpo’s licensing conditions.
Lewis said she is seeking damages over what she claims to be an unrelated grievance that occured when she broke her nose during a pole dance at the Brisbane Convention Centre.
“I have video footage of a performance where their pole was dodgy and they insisted I use it on my second show (which) resulted in me breaking my nose,” News Ltd reported Lewis saying. “I started pole dancing 10 years ago at aged 17 and have never injured myself like this.”
Sexpo general manager Rob Godwin said there was nothing wrong with the pole. He said it had been used for four days prior to Lewis’ accident and there has been no problem with it.
Contacted today (Mar 10), Godwin refused further comment on the issue.
Now in its 12th year, Sexpo is Australia’s biggest celebration of sexuality, sexual health and adult lifestyle.
It sees tens of thousands of people explore stores and kiosks in its exhibition hall and attend a number of events, including a great debate between fundamental Christians and sexual liberalists.
The 2009 exhibition was hosted by comedian Russell Gilbert.