Spokesman for group shamed at The Sawyer claims couple was engaged in ‘explicit sexual activity’ near children

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A popular downtown Sacramento hotel is at the center of what is being called an incident of discrimination.

Video shows the aftermath of a confrontation involving a same-sex couple and a group of women. According to witnesses, the group of women had complained about a female couple kissing while children were present.

The video shows the group and people in the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel’s pool shouting at each other.

The Sawyer does not condone discrimination or verbal assault of any kind. An unfortunate disagreement between guests occurred at our pool over the holiday weekend and the matter has since been resolved.

 Nikki Carlson, general manager at The Sawyer

A spokesman for the families seen leaving the hotel says they chose to leave because “they felt that their safety was at risk.” He adds that the incident began when the families saw two people involved in what “appeared to be sexual intercourse and inappropriate activity in close proximity of children.”

The full statement can be seen below.

This incident had nothing to do with homophobia, racism or even kissing. It involved what appeared to be sexual intercourse and inappropriate activity in close proximity of children. Young children should not be forced to witness explicit sexual activity in a hotel swimming pool in the middle of a summer afternoon irrespective of gender or sexual identity. When members of the party politely and respectfully asked that some of the sexual activity be toned down because children were close by in the pool, they were met with aggressive verbal attacks.

It is also important to note that the families were not asked to leave, escorted or kicked out by the Kimpton Sawyer hotel. They chose to leave because they felt that their safety was at risk.

The false and misleading media coverage and social media posts have resulted in numerous threats to the families including their children, which is appalling and unacceptable. They have contacted law enforcement and will take whatever other actions are necessary to defend themselves from these false and defamatory claims. 

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