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