CONWAY — Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson is seeking a temporary injunction to shut down the Celebrations adult video and novelty store in Little River, saying the business is a public nuisance that attracts illegal activity.
It is not clear when a judge will hear Richardson’s request. If the temporary injunction is granted, Celebrations would have to immediately shut down while the solicitor’s office prepares a case for a permanent injunction.
Celebrations owner Greg Gore could not be reached for comment. An employee who answered the store’s telephone said he was not aware of any legal action or plans to close Celebration. That employee declined to identify himself.
Richardson said in court documents that Celebrations “has the general reputation for lewdness, assignation and the sale of unlawful controlled substances.” Richardson also said the store “appears frequently on Internet forums discussing places to meet and engage in illicit sex acts.”
The court documents included copies of some of the Internet postings on a forum titled “Cruising for Sex.” The court documents also included media reports about Celebrations that documented sales of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia to minors. Those reports also documented sex acts taking place in the store and minors being offered “legal weed” in exchange for sex acts.
Conway lawyer Mike Battle is representing Richardson in the case. Battle could not be reached for comment Wednesday. It is not clear whether Gore has obtained a lawyer.