To: ALL MEDIA
From: Sweet Entertainment Group
Re: Steve Sweet Obscenity Prosecution
The head of Sweet Entertainment Group, Steve Sweet, will go to trial next
Monday, February 16th, 2004 in Vancouver, British Columbia on charges
of making and distributing obscene material contrary to s. 163 (1) of
the Criminal Code of Canada.
alleges that eleven (11) video vignettes are obscene under Canadian law.
The videos consist of one (1) Pee Lovers scene, two (2) Miss Pain scenes,
and eight (8) Sado Slaves scenes. With the exception of the Pee Lovers
scene, the performances in question all document bondage and discipline/sado-masochistic
alleges that the videos are obscene because they combine explicit sex
with cruelty, and violence, which is statutorily prohibited in Canada
under s. 163 (8) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Mr. Sweet will be launching a vigorous defense to the charges including
leading expert evidence regarding the popularity of BDSM, the safe sane
and consensual nature of the acts depicted in the vignettes and the unlikelihood
of any substantial risk of harm. Live Internet demonstrative evidence
will also be tendered at trial concerning the popularity, ease of availability
and sheer number of BDSM websites since the World Wide Web came into its
The case will raise new and important issues concerning contemporary Canadian
community standards, what Canadians will tolerate other Canadians viewing,
which is one aspect of the obscenity test set out in the seminal Supreme
Court of Canada decision Regina v. Butler. Butler was decided in 1992,
well before the explosion of adult-based entertainment on the Internet.
is presently scheduled for six (6) weeks. Further information will be
forthcoming at the conclusion of the trial.
Sweet Entertainment Group will continue to provide cutting edge adult
entertainment to its many members and customers as Mr. Sweet rises to
meet this important legal challenge.
Head of Legal Affairs
Sweet Entertainment Group of Companies