Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 | 9:59 p.m.
Plans for the California porn industry to relocate to Las Vegas are on hold for at least a year after a successful appeal by dozens of performers to the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration board.
Meantime, top superstars of the adult word are increasing the number of their Las Vegas visits thanks to the new weekend celebrity policy at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club.
Every weekend this year, leading adult feature dance agency the Lee Network will s-export the porn industry’s top stars to the main stage of Sapphire, the largest gentlemen’s club in Las Vegas.
In the new partnership agreement, the Lee Network will book the lusty ladies to perform Fridays and Saturdays. It began last Friday with Morgan Lee and Saturday with Jessica Drake.
Upcoming: Mia Lelani on Friday, Nikki Delano on Saturday, Nikki Benz on March 4, Dillon Harper on March 11, Asa Akira on March 12, Mia Malkova on March 18, with more to come.
Guests planning to attend adult star performances will have an opportunity to enjoy dinner with the XXX performers and other VIP packages.
“Sapphire is bringing sexy back to the topless adult entertainment industry!” Shai Cohen, marketing director of Sapphire, told me.
“Fans are loving it, and in addition to the Lee Network’s porn superstars, we are offering a private experience such as skybox seats and steak and lobster dinners.”
At the appearance by Jessica, star of 236 videos including “Starmaker” and her latest, “Casual Encounters,” I watched in amazement as fans lined up by the hundreds for autographed photos and DVDs and to watch her striptease.
The dancing routines ended with her ripping her fishnet stockings to show off her ample assets. Jessica flew in from Oakland, Calif., where she had led a parade of 100 adult performers giving testimony to OSHA commissioners.
The leaders wanted to have all films in the state shot with performers wearing goggles and condoms and have health records maintained for 30 years.
Adult performers argued that the proposed rules would drive the adult business out of the state (mostly to Nevada) or would continue underground in California where health risks would become more dangerous.
In a narrow vote, commissioners agreed not to implement the proposed restrictions and held off making rules for at least one year.
“One minute we were devastated listening to their arguments, and the next minute we were in stunned silence and broke out cheering when they announced that they would give us a year’s reprieve” Jessica told me.
“Plans anybody had of moving the industry to Las Vegas are now delayed for at least a year and maybe longer. I think agency officials realized how impossible it would be to enforce and how ridiculous the regulations proposed sounded. ”
While in Las Vegas, Jessica relaxed at the Trump Hotel spa and had dinner at Sushi Samba in the Palazzo before hitting the main stage at Sapphire.
The Mainstream Star of the Year award winner at the 2016 AVN Awards at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel last month danced in private VIP booths for fans until 5 a.m.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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