Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. - Oscar Wilde
I think this sums up most of the responses I have gotten about the resignation of Ms Duke. Thank You to Direct Models for allowing me to repost it here.
Direct Models is pleased to see today’s news via X Biz, on the stepping down of Diane Duke,
Rarely has there been such a divisive personality in the adult business, unelected, yet somehow self appointed as a testing Czar to the industry, among other self aggrandizing efforts and assumed roles by Ms Duke .
While the late (and great) Christian Mann a fellow director at FSC, was deservedly well known and highly respected for his ambassadorial and diplomatic abilities, seemingly able to find common ground amid the most resolute of persons on opposing side of many issues and challenges faced in our industry, – the same could not be said for Ms Duke (to say the least) and she has remained a polarizing figure throughout her tenure.
The decision to recommend a change in testing protocol in Sept 2013 from the standard thirty (30) day protocol (followed and self regulated by the industry for over as decade) to a fourteen (14) day protocol, without consultation with anyone involved in actual adult film production, including studios, talent and agents and with no mechanism whatsoever designed to pay for it – other than to saddle the talent themselves with a doubling of their monthly pre- employment medical testing cost, will forever be remembered as the actions of someone with little to no regard for talent in our industry.
Direct Models urges the board of directors at FSC to consider carefully the replacement for Ms Duke, and to keep foremost in its mind in such consideration, the core issues and underlying goal mission and purpose of the FSC and that its chosen appointee might be someone that could best serve that purpose, that the legacy of Ms Duke who did anything but, may be usurped for the better moving forward.
Things are really piling up on James Deen, whioch to me says that there have been problems all along, the fact that Kink and Evil Angel are so quick to sever ties makes me think that this is not the first time that they have encountered this problem with him. Today has just been one performer and or company after another denouncing him.
Evil Angel issued astatementMonday:
Doc Johnson also indicated it would cease production on the toys.
The question now seems to be will Deen actually do the next to impossible and actually flunk out of porn.
In what is probably the biggest blow yet in this affair Kink has dropped James deen as a performer, additionally Kink Director Lorilei Lee has come forward in support of Stoya.
Kink had this to say:
Kayden Kross has now come forward in support of Stoya.
I also spoke to Bonnie Rotten who simply said that James Deen is on her “no list”, she didn’t say anything good or bad, simply that she will not work with James Deen again. To me at least this one speaks volumes.
A Producer had this to say:
Why do I get the feeling this wont be the last of this…whoever is doing Jame’s PR is in a tough spot…stop the bleeding…
The more I read The FSC Press Release on this the more I laugh, supposedly she stated it was “time to move on” I am calling bullshit. This incompetent twit doesn’t just move on from a job where she makes 200K plus a year…more than half of the FSC’s annual Donations…No way.
According to the press release “Under Duke’s leadership, the Free Speech Coalition has defeated mandatory condom legislation in California three times.”
Izzat so? last I looked mandatory condoms was the law in L.A. County…how do you call that defeating mandatory coondoms?
“Duke was instrumental in creating what would become the PASS testing system.”
Thats complete bullshit, what she really did was to take Manwins money, pocket it and ram the inferior PASS system, which wasn’t created by her, down everyones throats…the better system, which was TTS system was not owned by Manwin, so Manwin paid her to get it tossed. truth is it backfired, more people use TTS system than that of PASS today….some legacy.
May I be the first to say to you Diane…Good Riddance and dont let the fucking door hit your sorry ass on the way out.
Someone out there knows the truth behind this resignation…maybe a lovers spat with Douglas, her boss or maybe a large donator took my advice and withheld money until she was gone…whoever knows I really want to hear the truth about this one, dont worry I will totally protect you as a source.
I just saw this on AVN more as I dig into the truth behind it
APACs statement follows, an insider told me point blank that my post last night was the reason, had he not voluntarily stepped down he would have been demoted.
Since my post last night I have a LOT of well known names coming out of the woodwork saying that they too have had the same problems with James Deen. I am working on this story but in all honesty it doesn’t look good for Deen, that many different girls with essentially the same story raises a lot of red flags.
I do need to clear up some things though what Stoya claimed happened was NOT on a shoot but in their personal life, ditto Joanna Angel. Most of the other alleged assaults took place on set but not on camera (like Tori Lux)
Stoya and James breakup is NOT recent,,,sour grapes isn’t likely a motive
NOBODY has mentioned filing charges against him as yet, most of the girls like Tori Lux think that would be a futile effort because of how sex workers are generally treated by the legal system.
James Deen has come out saying that none of this ever happened.
I have at least 2 more girls who have indicated that they will come forward on the record, I am working to talk to everyone who wishes to speak on the matter including Deen.
One of whom is Ashley Fires who came forward in this article when I originally wrote this post I wasn’t yet aware of Ashleys statement to The Daily Beast
OK I am travelling as most of you know but I have been watching this closely. The short version is that Stoya went on the record that James Deen raped her. In her own words:
“James Deen held me down and fucked me while I said no, stop, used my safeword. I just can’t nod and smile when people bring him up anymore.”
Deen’s other girlfriend Joanna Angel, went on the record as supporting Stoya 100%
Other female performers have noted that this is not the first time this has happened with Deen. Indeed I have had more than a few girls contact me off the record that only wanted to vent, they didn’t want to come out and say anything because they felt Deen was powerful enough to cost them work.
Lets look at some of his other stunts…He seems to have a fascination with Nazi’s, yes I know he is jewish.
He likes to play nazi
He recently went on and on about supposed racism in porn in a mainstream article apparently the fact checkers didn’t bother to see if Deen hires black people for his videos…hint, he doesn’t…
All of that aside, rape is a serious allegation, for the purpose of this piece I have chosen NOT to speak to him, Stoya or anyone else and simply post my thoughts.
I have read a lot about it, and some things jump out at me ..first being consent to sex doesn’t mean that you can do anything you please even though she is saying “Stop”, it appears that James doesn’t understand this, as this is the most common allegation. It also is understandable why none of the girls have come forward, even Stoya…Deen is porns it boy and I emphasize boy because he continually displays childish behavior. He is a very poor choice to be a spokesperson for the industry and particularly for any association of performers, a post that if APAC is serious they will relieve him of until this gets settled.
The really sad part is that this is indicative of what porn has become, and this is what AVN considers to be a “positive image”
Did ya notice how quick AVN was to say “Hey asshole No Means No” when it came to War Machine, but when it came to James Deen…crickets….typical of the quality of AVN these days and Xbiz isnt far behoind…truth is they are one and the same…does anyone else notice that they share an editorial staff….Tod Hunter, Dan Miller?
More as this develops, I would love to hear what you think.
Over the years Thanksgiving has been a different day for me. It started out as average as anyone’s I suppose we would go visit my mothers family in Tupelo Mississippi but as I grew up and my family split up or married off or even I found myself far from home and family It became an adventure. This year I am in Puerto Rico with friends as you all know but in years past….One year I spent on the road with feature dancer Devon Michaels in South Florida. I had Thanksgiving Dinner with my friends Donna and Aaron. Anoher year it was Thanksgiving dinner at Friendlys in Dayton OH with Julie Cooper…we were driving to Toronto for the week. Still another year I was in a wheelchair with aa broken leg and went to dinner at the family of porn star Felicia Fox. Others were spent in a tree deer hunting, something I dont do anymore because I eat what I kill and I am not that fond of venison. I have to admit that this year was special though, it is simply gorgeous here. A few Pics.
All of my readers actually…I am lucky to be me, and I am thankful for all of you.
You give me a method to vent my frustrations, heal my problems and make me feel not so alone in the world.
I have been spending the week in Puerto Rico with friends and I have to admit I do not miss the cold weather in Atlanta, today I was diving off Palomino Island and enjoying the crystal clear water and warmth of the Caribbean. I hope all of you are as happy and as content as I am.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for allowing me into your lives. You don’t have to be American to be thankful for what you have…specially your friends…Thank You all.
Thank you to attorney James Felton for writing this up for me…read on…
Charlie Sheen – Does Paying for Sex Provide Him Any Cover
By: James R. Felton
Unless you were sleeping all week last week, you certainly heard that Charlie Sheen confessed to being HIV Positive. It appears that many of the actors and actresses in the adult world knew this well before the announcement. Even if that were the case, most, if not all, of the non-adult world had no idea. Now, certainly, Charlie Sheen has been more than public about the goddesses or his lineup of sexual dalliances that could best be described as his flavor of the month. In his case, it might be better described as flavor of the week. It would be of no surprise to anyone if Charlie had a doctor on staff shooting him with penicillin or whatever the latest and greatest antibiotic exists for the treatment of a sexually transmitted disease. But, HIV positive – that came out of left field.
Sheen stated that he told his sexual partners of his status. Most dispute that they knew. Of course, they certainly knew that he was a player and if unprotected sex took place, an escort probably couldn’t be taken too seriously if she caught an STD. With that said, HIV is at another level.
California has a somewhat lenient statute when it comes to the transmission of HIV. In order for a person to be guilty of a felony (which carries a jail sentence), a person must willfully expose another to HIV through unprotected sex.
The law makes it a felony punishable by up to eight years of imprisonment for an HIV-positive person to “willfully expose” another person to HIV through unprotected sex. The elements of the crime are 1) participating in anal or vaginal sex; 2) knowing that you are HIV positive, 3) failing to disclose your status as HIV Positive, 4) failing to use a condom and 5) having the specific intent to infect the other person. This last element is likely to be very difficult to prove in most cases and probably difficult to prove in Charlie Sheen’s case. I don’t know the guy but it doesn’t sound like he had a vendetta with any of the women with whom he had unprotected sex after he knew he was HIV Positive. Time will tell whether any such information will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney. Charlie may dodge criminal prosecution.
However, civil liability is a whole different issue. Charlie is likely to find himself a defendant in any number of civil actions that will likely sound in battery, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, fraud, and who knows what else Gloria Allred will think up.
So, the next question is whether, as a defense to any of these causes of action, Charlie can allege that a particular escort assumed the risk by having unprotected sex. If this defense is raised, I think it will fail, at least as it relates to HIV.
Let’s examine this for a minute. First, there have been multiple cases in which a spouse (or more likely a former spouse) sues their partner for giving them an STD. In order to succeed in such matters, a plaintiff generally has to prove that the “giver” knew that he or she had an STD although a negligent infliction of emotional distress claim would likely not require knowledge. That claim would be made if the “giver” had reason to believe that they were engaging in dangerous conduct (i.e. sleeping around) without informing their partner.
Now, as it relates to the transmission of an STD by someone to an acknowledged escort (or vice-versa), that might be an interesting legal battle. Certainly, engaging in non-protected sex with a sex worker could very well be seen as an assumption of risk. Again, the cases may turn on the specific factual presentation (i.e. did the person know or suspect that he or she had an STD and not disclose or did the escort not take precautions which would likely eliminate the issue altogether).
The assumption of risk doctrine doesn’t work for me in the context of the transmission of HIV. Now, certainly if there were proof that Charlie told the escort about his condition, and the escort had unprotected sex anyway, assumption of risk may be a “winning” defense. But without evidence of disclosure, I don’t think assumption of risk will provide Charlie with any cover. I don’t think any escort that he hired could have reasonably assumed that he might be HIV Positive. Again, perhaps if the evidence were that everyone in the adult world knew and the specific escort knew, then Charlie may prevail but without that, I don’t think it will be a valid defense. HIV is potentially a death sentence and I don’t see a judge or jury given Charlie a pass because the escort should have thought he might be infecting her with what could be a terminal illness. Time will tell and as the swarms of his liaisons meet and discuss amongst them how he operated, perhaps light will be shed on whether it was obvious that he had HIV.
Last question on the topic – so assume that a paid escort, who had unprotected sex with Charlie Sheen after he was aware that he had HIV, sues Charlie in civil court. The lawsuit outlines the sexual encounter(s) that took place and that the escort was paid to have sex with him. Will that lawsuit draw the interest of the City Attorney or District Attorney to file prostitution charges against the escort? I guess we shall see.
I had no desire to talk to Bree but this came and it hit me as a desperate attempt on her part to get attention. 10,000 dollars for an in person interview and 7,000 to interview her over the phone. Now lets be honest here does this sound like someone who is upset that she may have been exposed to HIV? Keep in mind that at least according to him they broke up months before he was diagnosed. Or does this sound like a money grubbing little attention whore?
The whole thing just kinda reeks to me. If indeed he didn’t disclose his status after he knew it then yes he should be held accountable, but what I detect here doesnt really pass the sniff test, Everyone close to the situation said that Bree knew, of course if she sues then who knows how it will play out. But asking for 7-10 K to vent your anger for an hour just sounds disingenuous to me. I dont recall their relationship being more than a few months either, certainly not a year…I guess it will all come down to the time line.
Thanks Lurking Reader you NAILED this one
“So are APAC mouthpieces lobbying for or against condoms in porn? Hard to tell with the song they’re singing re Sheen.
If the industry protocols are so great why all the concern? Big old face palm award for every FSC, APAC, AVN, x-Biz etc associated person painting Sheen as the bad guy vs touting how FSC testing protocols are the gate that keeps HIV out of the performer pool.
So let’s see over the past year efforts to lobby against AHF and condoms said FSC testing gate and Truvada are effective barriers and now Sheen is a big bad wolf blowing down all the rules of honor and industry self regulation? That’s a problem because Sheen isn’t in the industry and his undectable viral load is less of a risk than performers walking out of strip clubs with newly infected acute HIV whether or not the client pulls a Josh Duggar.
Kinda clears up Diane Duke’s obsession with performer personal relationships though.”
ONLY IN PORN
OK Heres what ya need to remember Jonathon Morgan is the director of this movie. Jonathon Morgan owns Nexxxt Level. Cassidy Klein, Keira Nicole and Edyn Blair are represented by Nexxxt Level.
This movie Fascade is the first time Morgan has worked with Cassidy Klein
So to encapsulate this you have Jonathon Morgan the director praising himself for hiring girls that he represents and saying what a great job he did by hiring the girls that he represents….At first I thought this was a joke perpetrated by “TheOnion” but no they are serious…and AVN and XBiz consider this to be news….Im seriously dying laughing my ass off at the sheer stupidity of this.
I am speechless…bt I guess it is one way to get me to run your press release…..