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Jan 15

Cal/OSHA Drops Charges Against Evil Angel (PornValleyMedia)


Cal/OSHA Drops All Production-Related Citations Against Evil Angel

January 29th, 2015

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EvilAngelLos Angeles – Adult industry leader Evil Angel has struck the latest blow against California state regulatory agency Cal/OSHA’s campaign to derail X-rated entertainment.
In an administrative hearing held yesterday in Covina, Calif., Cal/OSHA dropped all charges against Evil Angel as related to adult movie production. The move came almost a year and a half after the agency’s inspection of Evil Angel’s office, and a year after citations were issued. Evil Angel had vigorously denied any wrongdoing against the unfounded production-related charges.

 

Dropped charges included such catchphrases as “bloodborne pathogens” and “other potentially infectious materials (OPIM),” as well as ample references to vaginal, anal and oral sex. All that remains is for the administrative law judge in the case to rule on minor violations.
“Yesterday OSHA made a motion to the judge to drop all of the production citations,” said Evil Angel CFO Adam Grayson. “All of what remains is ticky-tack warehouse stuff, the same you would find in any warehouse in California, big or small, adult or otherwise. An extension cord here, an unlabeled breaker switch there.”
Evil Angel owner John Stagliano led the fight. “We are in a culture war. Many people would love to have the power to control what we do with our bodies,” said Stagliano. “The porn industry by its very existence fights for freedom, for the freedom to do what you want with your body and show that to the world. This is a small victory in the war on our freedom. “
Attorney Karen Tynan, who has represented a number of other adult companies in OSHA cases, represented Evil Angel in the matter. “We never considered settlement, we always knew we were in the right, and John refused to be bullied by the State of California,” said Tynan. “I can’t praise John Stagliano enough for what he’s done for the adult industry. I’m so proud to have worked with him and Adam to defend Evil Angel and the industry.”
About Evil Angel:
Since 1989, Evil Angel has been the most lauded and celebrated studio in the history of adult entertainment, in the eyes of fans, its peers, and award voters. The company distributes 25 new movies per month on the web (www.evilangel.com), DVD, broadcast and every other platform conceivable.
28
Jan 15

Performers Beware of Scam Artists Trying to Steal Your Image!


I want to warn my fellow performers to watch out for scam artists trying to steal their image and use it to make a profit for their company.  The most recent scam that I am aware of is the 3D figurine scam!

It sounds like such a great deal, and who wouldn’t want their own figurine?  That’s what I thought at first until I did a little more research and spoke with a 3D company to get some more answers.  This particular company was going to try to go to AEE and try to get girls to get their picture taken so they could make you an action figure.  I told the owner of the company that he had better talk to the girls’ agents before wasting his time at AEE because most girls are there to work for a certain company and are being paid to stay at their booth.  He seemed to get upset with me for saying this, but then asked me if I would go with him and help him with this endeavor and I said no.

I told him it sounded like he was trying to use my fellow performers to further his company and I wanted to know what was in it for the performers.  He proceeded to explain how his company works and immediately the red flags went up for me.  He said, “it only takes 5 minutes to capture the image and then we give you the flash drive with the image on it so you have your image and we can’t do anything until you order figurines.  Then you bring us the flash drive and we make however many figurines you order, we don’t have your image YOU do on the flash drive.”

Bless his heart, he must think I’m an idiot and so are all other performers if he thinks we are going to fall for that bullshit.  He has to have your image on his hard drive to make you a flash drive, so yes he does in fact still have your image.  I also didn’t bother to explain to him that that’s not how it works in our industry, as I didn’t want to give him any information he could use against performers.  We don’t pay out-of-pocket, we work with an established company for a percentage of the profit for the use of our image and we have our attorney read the contract BEFORE we sign it.

I didn’t call him out on the matter but instead I just let him dig his own hole deeper by asking him more questions.  I asked him what his company does to protect our image and he said that we have our image that’s as safe as it gets.  He then proceeded to tell me that his company cannot be held liable for someone making knock offs of the figurines because while all the figurines his company makes are clearly marked, anyone with a 3D printer could take a figurine and make copies.  Exactly, I thought to myself, anyone could in fact be you and your company!

I told him that this did not sound legit to me and that not only would I not help him, I would warn my fellow performers about him and others like him.   So consider yourselves warned! Anytime anyone wants you to pay for a product that has your image on it, it’s probably not a good deal.

 

27
Jan 15

My Article in Hepatitis Magazine


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January 26, 2015

Medical Relief

by Kora PetersAn adult film actress wants her industry to better protect performers from hepatitis.

 

Kora Peters
Kora Peters

Adult performers come in direct contact with each other’s bodily fluids (and, with the increase in production of anal sex scenes, fecal matter) during film production. That fact makes the adult industry a high-risk group for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For that reason, I believe performers should have the right to sign medical release forms that allow us to share our test results with each other.

The adult industry has a standard panel of STI tests. Recently, both hepatitis B and C were added to the standard panel required to work and testing frequency was changed from every 30 days to every 14 days. The Free Speech Coalition (FSC), an adult industry trade group with no medical training, sets and regulates the standard panel, as well as all the protocols for health and safety.

According to the FSC website, performers test for HIV (by “PCR RNA Aptima”), syphilis (an “RPR” and Trep-Sure test), hepatitis B and C (the site does not list which tests are used), chlamydia (by “ultra-sensitive DNA amplification”), gonorrhea (by “ultra-sensitive DNA amplification”) and trichomoniasis. FSC doesn’t test for hepatitis A, even though it is transmitted through sexual contact and the ingestion of fecal matter (even in microscopic amounts).

FSC has a subdivision called PASS (Performer Availability Screening Services). According to its website, PASS provides adult industry producers and performers with a reliable protocol and database for STI testing, but performers cannot access the database to see each other’s test results.

Agents and producers know performers have an STI before the performers themselves. Their co-stars are not informed at all. FSC claims that it’s a violation of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for performers to see the medical information of other performers. If we can release our information to agents and producers, then why aren’t we given the option to share with our co-stars?

In the past, performers could access the database to make an informed decision on working with other performers based on their medical history, but that safety precaution has been taken away by FSC, not by HIPAA. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website, the HIPAA Privacy Rule provides protection for the medical information of individuals. At the same time, the rule permits the disclosure for patient care and other important purposes.

In addition to disclosure, I believe adult performers should be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B (there is no vaccine against hepatitis C) prior to employment to make the adult industry safer. Other industries that deal with bloodborne pathogens do so, but FSC would like us to believe that vaccines violate a performer’s rights. I do not believe that disease transmission is “free speech” or someone’s right.

Vaccinations are the only sure way to prevent transmissions. FSC would have us believe that since they now test every 14 days, performers are safe from transmitting viral hepatitis. However, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, the incubation period is on average from 28 to 120 days for hepatitis A (15 to 50 days with an average of 28), B (45 to 160 days with an average of 120) and C (14 to 180 days with an average of 45).

The adult industry is branching out of California to film in other states, including Nevada and Florida, because of laws requiring condom use on set. FSC is leading the fight against mandatory condoms in the adult industry. I am hoping that Nevada in particular will set a precedent by mandating hepatitis A and B vaccinations for adult performers.

Kora Peters is an adult film actress and a health activist. To follow her on Twitter, click here.

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Jan 15

Nevada Considers Tighter Porn Laws (LasVegasReview-Journal)


Nevada considers tighter rules after porn actor infected with HIV

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By HENRY BREAN
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

An adult movie shoot in Nevada that ended with two male actors infected with HIV has state and local health officials considering more stringent safety regulations for pornographic film productions, including mandatory use of condoms.

Health officials are looking at whether more specific and stringent rules are needed for the porn industry, which has grown in Nevada since 2012. That’s when Los Angeles County began requiring adult movie performers to wear condoms during filming, prompting a sharp decline in porn production in what long has been the industry’s capital city.

Los Angeles County saw fewer than 50 requests for adult film permits in 2013, down from 485 the year before the condom requirement took effect.

In a joint statement from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, officials say they are now reviewing whether to adopt similar rules for the adult film industry as those governing sex workers in Nevada’s legal brothels, which require condoms and regular testing and have never seen a reported case of HIV transmission.

State health officials note that federal workplace safety regulations already call for the use of “personal protective equipment” and require employers to protect their workers from hazards that can cause bodily injury. Nevada OSHA laws, meanwhile, address the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C by requiring employers to protect workers exposed to blood or “other potentially infectious material” on the job.

Nevada could follow LA’s lead in response to what officials are calling “the first well-documented case of occupational HIV transmission among actors in the adult film industry.”

The incident is believed to have occurred during a film shoot in September in Las Vegas, but it didn’t come to light until late last month when the California Department of Public Health issued an “occupational health alert” detailing the incident.

According to that report, a male adult film actor who initially tested negative for HIV began to experience symptoms of a viral infection during the second of two film productions. The man subsequently tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, as did another male actor from the same film.

“Public health investigation and laboratory results provide very strong evidence that the actor transmitted HIV to the other actor as a result of unprotected sex during the film shoot,” the alert from California states.

Citing patient confidentiality, California health authorities have declined to say when and where in Nevada the incident occurred or to identify any of the actors or the company involved.

Nevada officials declined to comment — or even confirm that the HIV transmission happened in Nevada — calling it “a confidential investigation being handled by California.”

The Free Speech Coalition, a California-based adult film industry group, was more forthcoming. In a Dec. 30 statement, the group said the infection occurred in September on a Nevada film set that did not comply with industry standards, including the use of highly sensitive tests for HIV and a testing database to help track any performers who might show signs of disease.

“Not only did this leave those who participated at risk, it made it much harder to track scene partners once the possible infection was discovered,” the Free Speech Coalition said.

The group said it joined California health officials in declaring a production moratorium once the infections were discovered.

Though Nevada officials said there has been a rise in porn production in the state since LA County tightened its regulations, it’s difficult to know exactly how many adult movies are shot in the Las Vegas Valley.

Film permits are required for some locations, but none are needed to shoot on private property as long as crews obey noise ordinances and avoid disturbing neighbors. Neither the city of Las Vegas nor unincorporated Clark County have any special rules for producing adult films beyond what’s required for any other production.

It’s unclear what a condom mandate and other restrictions might do to Nevada’s budding adult movie business, but some adult film insiders predict trouble ahead for California’s estimated $6 billion porn industry as a result of the stricter safeguards.

Peter Acworth owns Kink.com, a California-based production company that has been filming in Las Vegas. In an open letter posted to his blog last year, Acworth wrote: “If the current direction continues, I believe it to be inevitable that what remains of the adult video industry will leave the state. Additionally, I fear smaller production companies will shoot underground and that we will see a reduction in the safety on-set that the industry has worked very hard to build over the last decade.”

One Los Angeles-based health organization, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, has lodged several formal complaints against Kink.com for allegedly allowing unsafe practices that exposed adult film actors to disease. One such complaint, filed with Nevada OSHA in August, targeted the Southern Nevada production of a movie called “Vegas Road Trip,” which the organization says depicts men without condoms engaging in sexual activities “highly likely to spread blood-borne pathogens.”

Nevada is the only state that allows some of its counties to license and regulate brothels, but the law mandates the use of condoms during sexual intercourse and oral sex. Licensed prostitutes must be tested weekly for some sexually transmitted diseases and monthly for others including HIV, and brothel owners or operators can be held liable if they knowingly employ a sex worker who tests positive for HIV.

Clark is the only county where brothels are expressly outlawed by state law.

Contact Henry Brean at hbrean@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0350. Follow @RefriedBrean on Twitter.