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Porn company suspected in brawl Krome Productions denies involvement in May party

Sex, violence and underground parties.

It's a story with all the elements of a tawdry dime store novel, except this one takes place on Buffalo's East Side.

The setting is a nondescript building on Broadway near Memorial Drive, about halfway between the neighborhood's two institutional icons -- the Broadway Market and Central Terminal.

And of course, there are the characters: both the accusers -- city officials eager to end the sex and violence -- and the accused -- a new Buffalo-based Internet company specializing in gay pornography.

Throw in the allegations of an illegal nightclub and a melee involving more than 50 young people, and you have the makings of a tale even Harlequin might balk at.

"My concern is the illegal speakeasy," said Common Council President David A. Franczyk, who represents the neighborhood.

Franczyk said he became aware of the nightclub when several neighbors complained about it and suggested it might also be home to an underground sex club. He said he asked Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda to investigate the neighbors' complaints.

At about the same time, Franczyk said, he received reports that a local Internet company known as Krome Productions was involved in a May 15 party at 1175 Broadway, and that the party ended with a brawl outside.

A 911 call to Buffalo police at about 3:30 a.m. the next day indicated at least 50 people were involved in a fight at Broadway and Houghton Avenue.

"I heard it was 200 people," Franczyk said. "It was a large-scale fight."

At the urging of police, City Hall investigated the allegations and, in a May 19 letter to the building owner, ordered an end to the parties and warned of possible legal action if they continue.

"They did not have the appropriate permits or licenses to operate a nightclub," said Brown administration spokesman Peter Cutler.

The city's order to "cease and desist" makes no mention of Krome Productions, and company representatives insist they had nothing to do with the May 15 event or the fight that followed.

"We're an Internet production company," said Dion Crowder, who identified himself as a business associate. "Krome Productions is not in the nightclub business."

Crowder said the company has never operated out of 1175 Broadway or anywhere else in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.

Public records indicate Krome is located on Glenwood Avenue and that the building on Broadway is owned by James Williams. Efforts to reach Williams were unsuccessful.

"Krome Productions is in no way associated with 1175 Broadway," Crowder said. And, "I haven't received any complaints from the police or anyone else."

Franczyk believes Krome is involved, and his office produced a copy of an e-mail that promoted the party and mentioned the company.

"Krome Productions presents 'All the Way Turned Up' at 1175 Broadway Ave. featuring 7 of the baddest male and female dancers from across the country," the e-mail said. "This is a can not miss event!"

Crowder said Krome's models have been invited to parties in Buffalo, but the company never gets involved in hosting those parties.

"I have no knowledge of any e-mail going out to the community," he said. "To the best of my knowledge, we haven't done a party in the City of Buffalo since last year."

e-mail: pfairbanks@buffnews.com

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