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Promoter Says L.A. County Canceled Car Show ‘Cause Execs Hate Hip-Hop

LOS ANGELES (CN) - Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County Fair violated the civil rights of Imagine Media Group and breached contract by canceling a car show three days before it opened because there would be hip-hop music, Imagine claims in Federal Court.

Imagine, of Chula Vista, claims it reserved the Pomona fairgrounds in March for its Aug. 11-12 event, and that on Aug. 8, defendant James Henwood, County Fair's COO, canceled the show, claiming hip-hop music is a threat to public safety and is not within the "purpose and mission of Fairplex." Imagine had booked Funkmaster Flex. It claims the defendants, including Dwight Richards, the County Fair's vice president for "sales, marketing and creative," cost it more than $800,000. Imagine demands punitive damages. It is represented by Raymond Buendia of San Diego. See complaint.

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