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  • Metro Talent Management responds to Brandi Foxx (14)
    • LurkingReader: @NormalAndSane Thanks for pointing out racist accusation, totally missed it. Saw 18 months in the business, new agent, then her...
    • LurkingReader: @jilted Have seen up close and personal many of the ways relationships are affected and don’t deny or minimize the reality...
    • MikeSouth: DING DING DING What APAC needs is someone like you who has a good grasp of where the shortcomings really are…It isnt how to keep...
    • MikeSouth: This post is perfection…Thank You It really does sum it all up well. feel free to post here anytime your insight and knowledge is...
    • NormalAndSane: Hi. Legit, big global firm lawyer here (who obviously also loves porn). To answer your question, why are there no lawyers looking...
    • jilted: Is METRO a talent agency, or a management company? There is a HUGE difference/
    • jilted: @Billy, In the links I provided, as lengthy as they are, there are provisions on how many jobs an agent must procure, in certain time...
    • Billy: If an agency can not guarantee talent a certain amount of scenes per month then they have no business signing talent up for lengthily 2 year...
    • Billy: BTW what ever happened to Roxy? She did a good job running Metro. Until now I thought they went out of business.
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Metro Talent Management responds to Brandi Foxx

Thank You Scott Andrew, I appreciate the professional manner in which you responded, others could learn a lot from you man.
From now on I’m gonna refrain from these agency stories for the obvious reasons. I would still strngly encourage APAC to work with LATATA and set up some practices that protect both sides

Hi Mike,

Hope all is well with you on this Halloween day.We have seen your most recent post as relayed from Brandi Foxx.  I’m here to give you the real facts.Here is a brief summary of the facts in the matter:Back in Q2 of this year we acquired both Metro Talent Management and a Talent Manager named Kevin. 

Kevin was managing the models at the time and brought on several models including Brandi.  I never talked to her.In fact, I’ve never spoken to her directly.  I’ve never met her.  I live in Park City Utah and come to LA once a month and manage my agencies via Skype which works as well as if were in the office.Brandi was placed, upon her request as she had no place to stay, at a Model House owned by a director. 

That director is never at that house. So I am unaware and do not believe that she had actual encounters with him.  At around the same time that Brandi was at the house, Kevin was recruited over to OC Modeling and left the business.  We picked up the pieces, including Brandi and other models.  We indeed tried to find work for Brandi with no success. 

I don’t know the exact circumstances but it was becoming clear that she didn’t have the funds to pay for the rent at the model house which was $35/day I believe. 

Somewhere towards the end of a week stay things became tense at the house.  Natalie tried to diffuse the situation but it resulting in her getting yelled and screamed at by Brandi.  She was asked to leave.  And also was asked if she would pay her rent.  She left hastily and never remitted any funds.

We, in fact, paid her bill to the director of $325. Then a week or so after I received an email from Brandi.  It was not kind to say the least.  She wanted to be release from her contract and was refusing to pay the rent.  You can read the dialog yourself.  

What followed was a series of rants from her about just about everything including some really savory things she wanted to express about me. 

In the end I even offered to settle for a lesser amount.  In fact, I might have taken $50.  Just something to show her responsibility.  In the end it appears not about the money but about anger.  And while I understand anger over not getting work, making this personal issue seems to be her point.We hold no ill will towards her and never have. 

I hope she finds what she is looking for in this or other business and wish her well.  We will probably, at this point, simply call this a bad debt and move on.Please find attached the email dialog in the hopes that maybe someone will see that as professional as you may try to be, sometimes that just doesn’t work. 

I am not sure what would have other than simply giving her money in the form of her balance.Thanks in advance for your review of the information.

Scott Andrew
Co-Owner
LAX Models
Metro Talent Management

Another Agency Beef

And another Agent Beef
As a suggestion to APAC, while I agree that personal relationships in porn could use some counseling might not your time be better spent on more pressing issues?  Here’s a good place to start (one of many)

Hi Mike!

My name is Brandi Foxx. I’ve been in the industry for going on a year and a half now.  I want to tell you about a guy whom you may already know, Scott Andrew, Co-Owner of Metro Talent. Here is my story:

I signed up with Metro Talent with a guy who is no longer with them. He left to be an agent for OC Modeling. This was in August. After a week of being with Metro Talent, I asked for a release from my contract because I was dissatisfied with their business ethnics, let alone the bullshit that Scott has both said and done. Scott has refused to release me from my contract. His reason is because I owe $325 for a model house that I stayed in. I told Scott, “How in the hell do you expect me to pay this and you know good damn well that you haven’t gotten me any work?! ” If I can’t work, I can’t pay my bills. As a result of Scott Andrew and his staff not getting me work, I’m flat broke, and Scott Andrew doesn’t give a fuck.

Scott Andrew is a total douche bag and a MAJOR shit talker. He has gone around telling people that I do drugs (and I don’t. I don’t even smoke weed or cigarettes), I don’t work for Metro Talent (but yet there I am on their website), etc. 15 to 20 girls have called him out on Twitter. On top of that, Metro Talent had the nerve to talk shit about other agents and agencies that are WAY better than them!

Scott has also called me uneducated, incompetent, inferior, retarded, crazy, basically calling me everything under the fucking sun. Why? It wouldn’t surprise me that he’s racist against black girls.

Confronting Scott about him talking shit is one thing, but what he tried to do with my pictures is another story. Just a couple of weeks ago, someone told me to go check out Metro’s website. I did and lo and behold, I see pictures that I know FOR A FACT that I didn’t give him/Metro Talent to use. I confronted him and he said, “I’m unaware of the specifics….we’re just trying to help the photographer get traffic “. Unbeknownst to Scott, that photographer has been doing his thing for over 45 years. I said that his excuse was total bullshit. You are the co-owner of YOUR agency!  You cannot sit here and tell me that you don’t know the dos and don’ts of using someone else’s pictures, especially without permission and NOT know what’s going on with your agency, especially as far as talent. RIDICULOUS! I said that I was going to tell the photographer about this and he said, “Go ahead, tell him,and I’ll just tell him what a crazy bitch you are! ” I emailed the photographer, gave him Metro’s information and he actually left a comment on Metro’s website literally telling them that they didn’t have permission to use the pictures they were using. A staff emailed him and said, “We’ll address the issue promptly.” Sure enough, the pictures were taken down from the website. So that goes to show that if your staff was that quick to address the issue, then they knew they had no business doing that, and if THEY knew, of course, Scott Andrew did too.

Another act Scott Andrew and his staff like to pull is by saying, “We get burned by a lot of talent. ” Really?!  You talk shit about your talent, you don’t get them any work, and they have the nerve to say THEY get burned by talent?! Can you say, “Get the fuck out of here?! “

And that’s not all. The model houses they own have homeowners that are not the friendliest. I’m not going to mention this person for the sake of whatever dignity they might have left(if any), but he was an asshole for no apparent reason at all. Even he called me retarded and said things like, “I don’t wanna talk to you, I don’t need any information from you “, but oh he wanted my money…. Also, they like to accuse the models of stupid shit. The day I left this model house in Van Nuys, the girl that is the “House mom “, had the nerve to accuse me of stealing a blanket! A BLANKET! They have cameras all over the house that they can check, but they would rather point fingers and call them liars instead. I heard a story that a few months prior to this, they accused a girl of stealing towels! TOWELS!  Like seriously?!

Bottom line, Scott Andrew is a SCUMBAG! He’s really quick to talk shit but when you confront him, he’ll run and hide like a little bitch. He and his staff don’t do shit for their talent, but yet expects money from them?!  He and his staff are the retarded ones! I’m flat broke because of this douche bag to where I’ve stepped out of my realm to get whatever help I can get, and I don’t give a fuck what Scott says. He shouldn’t care because he hasn’t done a damn thing and he knows it! Like I told people, “FUCK SCOTT ANDREW! “

This is my story. Run with it

Sincerely,
Brandi Foxx

Reader Mail – AVN Awards for sale Nothing New

Hi Mike.
Sex in exchange for AVN Award consideration is nothing new, of course.
Years ago (circa 2006) I had solid evidence of certain former editor (bald, bearded, fancied himself a BDSM “Lord” and “Master”) working with a studio owner to secure the use of some rather famous vagina at the time in exchange for award consideration.
Granted, this was about the same time that he was sent packing. But the notion that Fish didn’t know about this kind of thing and didn’t tolerate it to some capacity for years prior is ludicrous. Things get around, especially in Chatsworth. Keeping a secret in that town is like trying to nail jello to a wall – utterly fucking futile.
Peter Warren has been around at AVN for about a decade, so he’s one of the older guard who worked under the former editor I mentioned earlier. So if the accusations against Peter are true, one can only say he learned from the “Master” right?
Zaphod Beeblebrox

 

Then and Now AVNAwardGate

Peter Warren

Before Paul Fishbein sold AVN he was very protective of his AVN Awards show and the awards reputation in general.

My how times have changed.  With Manwin calling the shots over there it isn’t any big surprise that the whole thing has been corrupted, they did it with Playboy, they did it with Twistys….Why not AVN too?

A lot has happened since I broke that story yesterday, I have gotten a lot of emails that corroborate the actresses story, this leaves little doubt in my mind that what she says is true.

Many performers have also noted that winning an AVN Award is no big deal anymore anyway because they can’t even be bothered to send the trophy.  It is now November almost and many of last years winners still haven’t gotten the trophy.

Another thing that struck me was the people that suggested that she shouldn’t be upset because she was essentially trying to rig the voting, now while I can see that to some degree the lack of any indication that anyone at AVN gives a rats ass about the integrity of their awards is astounding!

You can bet your ass Paul Fishbein would NEVER have let this go.  One must wonder how he feels about his decision to sell his baby now?

I have a feeling this isn’t yet over

Want An AVN Award? This Reader Says You Have To Have Sex With Peter Warren

Over the years I have gotten lots of emails about AVN Awards and while I think many of them were true they weren’t willing to speak out and were based more on speculation than on something concrete.  This one is more concrete.  I followed up on this for days and have corroborating witnesses so this one is here for you to decide.

For the record I contacted Theo Sapoutzis at AVN about this, normally Theo returns my calls or emails straight away, this time it has been ignored for two days, no response is a response.

Of course Peter Warren flatly denies that he has done anything wrong.

If you are in the biz and you have any experience with an AVN staff member offering to trade sex for AVN nominations or votes, please contact me, I want your story on or off the record.  If you have any tweets saved or voice or emails that is a great extra.

 

I am an adult performer who has been in the business for a little over a year. I have been fairly successful and shot for a number of companies including Bang Bros, Naughty America, Jules Jordan, Kink and the list goes on and on.

I met Peter Warren at an industry party earlier this year and he seemed really nice. When I found out he worked for AVN I gave him my number and we kept in touch through twitter and he would occasionally text me just to see how I was doing and how work was doing. Every once in a while he would text me something inappropriate which I kind of just brushed off considering the daily stuff I see on my twitter is much worse.

When pre-nominations were announced he called me and asked how I was doing. He knew that I am gunning for the Best New Starlet award and that is the award I am dying for. I have seen how much an award like that has changed the careers of girls who have won it before. We chatted on the phone for a bit and then he said, “You know, I can make sure you get nominated, and definitely give you my vote as well if you do something for me.”

It wasn’t any secret what he wanted. He wanted to fuck me. I looked at it as a business decision. I have fucked ugly guys for money before but I figured fucking him would be an investment in my career. An AVN award my first year in the business would get my agent to push me harder to the directors, and also get the companies to come after me because all of a sudden I would be a high demand performer. I thought long and hard about it and finally decided, fuck it. I’ll do it. He told me I could never tell anyone about it but I was guaranteed a nom for Best New Starlet, plus his vote which in his words “has alot of clout”.

Nominations haven’t even come out so I don’t even know if I got the Best New Starlet nom so one would wonder why I am writing this before I even find out if I got nominated?

 Two nights ago I was talking to another girl at a small get together which was mostly industry people at a friend’s house. This girl is also new to the business and we were talking about AVN and whose booth we would be signing at. I told her I couldn’t wait for the awards and I thought I was a shoe-in for Best New Starlet. What she said next made my jaw drop. This other girl said, “Good luck with beating me out for Best New Starlet. I fucked Pete over at AVN. Pretty sure that award is mine.”

In retrospect, I knew going into this industry that it’s a sleazy one, and I knew what I did didn’t add much to my character. Even so, I wonder how many starlets Mr. Warren has fucked so far this year? His nomination list is probably pretty long and that’s just assuming he only stuck with one category “The Naive New Girls” AKA “Best New Starlet” category.

Anyways, good luck to all the girls who get nominated! I guess the award is going to go to whoever fucked him the best! The answer to the age-long question of “Who do I have to fuck to get an AVN Award around here” has been answered. It’s Peter Warren.

When Did It become sexy To Spit On Sex Organs? – Reader Mail

From My buddy Rodney Moore

 

WHEN DID IT BECOME SEXY TO SPIT ON SEX ORGANS?

I go down to LA about once a month to shoot, and without fail, every time I’m shooting a “porn girl” who has experience in the biz, invariably within a minute of giving me head she will spit on my cock. I stop the camera, and I tell her, “Please don’t spit on me, that’s disgusting.”

When did spitting become erotic? Is there anyone out there watching porn who actually is turned on by seeing a girl spit on a penis? Even worse, is when guys spit on a girl’s pussy. Really? Spitting on someone is about as degrading as it gets. Why do modern directors tell women to do that? It’s gross and disgusting. Stop telling girls to spit on cocks, please!

Age Verification Coming To Adult Sites

This story is from the UK and only applies to sites under their jurisdicion but it is something that is likely to happen here as well. I have been contacted about this by lawmakers in the past and I do know that there is an ongoing effort to draft something constitutionally sound.

On the plus side it would really hurt tube sites, who according to sources at Manwin about 20 to 30% of their traffic is from people under the age of 18, (thats a metric you won’t see them release anytime soon. They like to crow about what states search for what porn terms, but they wont release age demographics of their users.

“ADULT WEBSITES could be forced to verify that a person is over 18 years of age, following new laws set to be proposed by the UK government.

That’s according to a report at The Sunday Times, which says that owners of pornography websites and those selling guns and other age-restricted material could be forced to add age-verification measures under new plans being drawn up by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

According to the report, the age-verification feature will use bank-approved software and credit cards, along with UK-approved companies such as PayPal and Visa, in a similar way to measures already in place for gambling websites.”

Wake Up APAC A Disaster Is On The Horizon

Performers, your safety net has been torn wide open. It no longer provides the small amount of protection that it once did, and recent events are all you need to look at to know this is true.

This Harm Reduction Program was built 15 years ago. The industry that this system was built for no longer exists. At the time this program started there was about 400-500 performers participating in the system.(This is the number of HIV tests that AIM was running monthly at the time, I know this because I was paid a commission for every single test, I know the numbers). The industry was much more centralized, right here in the San Fernando Valley. The number of performers escorting on a large scale was not happening. There was some, but not nearly the amount there is today. And most of all, there was not nearly the amount of crossover talent, working both sides of the fence from one day to the next. I was very glad to see that APAC does recognize this fact, that there is no more seperation between the industries, for that I applaud you.

Let’s take a close look at the most recent events. These recent events contained elements of every single thing that have lead to this system no longer being effective. All of this happened out of state, who knows where is another question, Vegas, Florida? Ask yourself, “Why is it necessary to keep the location a secret? It involved not just an escort, which usually leads people to think female. This was a gay crossover performer, who was escorting with men on the side. It involved performers and producers who did not play along with the industry protocols. Performers, you all know, whether you will publicly admit it or not, that this is not an isolated incident. It is happening today, right now, it will happen tomorrow, and every day from now on, unless you change it. Producers and agents don’t care, if they did they would be helping you change this seriously broken system. And as sad as it is, a large number of performers don’t care either, and that is the most dangerous aspect of this entire problem. Don’t tell me that a gay crossover escort cares about the risk he is willing to put YOU at.

There used to be a certain “honor among theives,” a mutual respect among alot of the performers. Not to say that their aren’t some performers who still have this respect, but there are too many that don’t. And one bad apple does spoil the whole bunch. The number of performers, agents and producers who do not have any respect for eachother has rendered this once effective system very very damaged. Today, all you have is something that is simply better than nothing, and if that’s good enought for you then so be it. Your actions, or lack of action so far looks like you are ok with this, and that is another reason this system is so broken, performer apathy.

APAC, take a close look at how every single person who has contracted HIV in the past has been treated by your industry. Look at every single one of the recent incidents, and see how many of the circumstances I mentioned here have been present in every single episode. And most of all, stop LYING TO YOURSELVES, and your fellow performers. Your system is no longer effective. I helped build this system, I spent so many hours hours with you, having many in depth conversations with you, and I know you want a better system, and I know you would like to be able to use condoms. I personally listened to so many of you spill your guts about these things, but I know that if you speak our publicly you wont get any more work, you know this too.
Pull your heads out of the sand and take off the rose colored glasses. And then ask yourself a really big question, Do you really want DIanne Duke to be in charge of the testing system?

Feel free to contact me anytime, Timtritchh@gmail.com

Slate Talked To me About Manwin / MindGeek I Was Happy To Help

And the article relly nailed it…Thank you to David Auerbach!

 

Give this a read

 

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2014/10/mindgeek_porn_monopoly_its_dominance_is_a_cautionary_tale_for_other_industries.html

Once again when mainstream media wants the facts they come to me.  I am proud of that.

Michael Whiteacre aka Uncle Peg Beats His Wife Christina Parriera With A Shoe Due In Court Next Week

It doesn’t come as any surprise to anyone unless you are a complete moron you know that Ari Scott Bass regularly beats Christina Parriera (you know the women’s activist),  she certainly doesn’t practice what she preaches. This is his second offense involving domestic violence and his third this year.  Anyway here’s the criminal complaint filed by the prosecutor.  He will be in court in NV on Tues (the 28th) to answer the charge.  Its already been delayed a couple of times.

aribasscomplaint

Manwin MindGeek Buying A Euro Company

This ties in to the news a week or so aho that Manwin is buying/merging with another heavily trafficked site, likely a tube site.

Two weeks ago Manwin / Mind geeks three head honchos Including Feras Antoon and David Tassilo werew all at a tiny, rather insignificant show in Europe.  Word is they were putting the finishing touches on the purchase which will be announced early next year unless I find out first….

If The Bull Shit From the FSC Got Any Deeper We’d Need Hip Waders

This is The FSC Version “A production hold was called when it was determined that a performer in the PASS database might have been exposed to HIV in late September, after off-set contact with a performer from an out-of-state set that was not observing PASS protocols.”

 

Now let me run that through the bullshit translator for y’all

A male performer who travels between LA and Vegas and works in both straight and gay porn was exposed to HIV during an encounter with one of his clients on an escorting gig.  The client was positive, the performer and his first generation exposures have since tested negative.

I have two possible names and neither is a big name, as of right now theres no point in releasing the name….but do pay attention how within hours of my post yesterday the FSC jumped to lift the moratorium and release the above statement.

And performers trust these people with their very lives….SMFH.

yesterday we caught lots of speckled trout aka weakfish aka sea trout, the weather is gorgeous and I am enjoying it immensely.

 

OK FSC Time To Shit Or Get Off The Pot

The incompetent asshats at The FSC have been dragging this latest HIV out too damn long…..If they don’t name this guy I will.

It is interesting that some of the biggest companies in porn have tweeted about finishing shooting during this moratorium.some dont even use condoms.

For all that I am at the beach for the rest of the week enjoying life, but if anything happens I will be on it…rest assured

mexico beach

I love it down here this time of year…70s and low humidity and no tourists.

Who Else Is Picking Up On The Bullshit

Notice they dont call it a “moratorium” anymore, now its a “production hold”  whatever you call it people aren’t supposed to be shooting, but they are.  Most people didn’t even know PASS was shut down until they read it here, because they dont use it….

Well the good old FSC is trying to slap a new coat of paint on things, make the duck look less like a duck even thought it still walks and quacks like a duck….you read this one here first.

The Free Speech Coalition has been making plans to turn PASS over to APAC, nothing would change of course because APAC is just the FSC in performers clothing, but it gives the appearance that the FSC is turning things over to the performers, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

When APAC was started I got calls from one of the two founding members asking for my help, I suggested that they needed to come out of the gate distancing themselves from the FSC, which of course didn’t happen and that founding member quit in frustration.  She saw the necessity for them to be autonomous but The FSC wasnt about to let that happen so the usual suspects over there usurped everything good that APAC could have done and squashed it.

Its too bad really.  in it’s inception APAC had promise, now its just a bunch of sell outs….And the Bullshit flows on…

We All Need To get On The Same Page

Dear Mike,

I wanted to send you this email personally because I think you really need to understand how bad the gay side of porn is and how kink.com contributes to this. Right now I currently work for a rideshare company in San Francisco (Lyft, Uber, Sidecar, etc.) and during one of my recent rides I actually picked up an adult male performer. Now I hear all sorts of things giving rides to people in San Francisco, but this guy really took the cake. I had the opportunity to ask him questions about the Gay side of porn and what he told me nearly made me sick. Here are the highlights of our conversation:

1) Told me that in gay porn they do not test for STD’s and the way someone finds out who has STD’s is when they catch them from a partner. The person who caught the STD calls the director and the director blacklists the performer.

2) Kink.com does not require testing for their gay side of porn. This scared me the most, because I know numerous performers that do both gay and straight porn, and this makes it much easier for an STD to reach the straight side.

3) This male performer told me that in San Francisco there is a syrum being distributed to those considered in the “high risk community,” This guy explained to me that this syrum makes it impossible for him to get HIV, even if he had sex with HIV+ men.

All three of the following pieces were all grabbed during our conversation in the car. Could this guy be making this story up? Sure but when you drive someone from San Francisco to Hayward, you get a lot of talking done. And this is what I found out about Gay Porn and Kink.com in San Francisco.

With this latest HIV+ It does not surprise me one bit, and I am sending you this email to say that all performers in Straight Porn need to take a stand and say NO to performing with any Male Talent that participates in the Gay side of the industry. I am willing to bet that 99.9% this female performer contracted HIV from sleeping with a guy who performs in both sides of the industry.
All the best,
mdxxx

I got this email a while back and have been waiting to post it and it seems now is a good time. A couple of gay websites have made comments recently as well.  Even The FSC acknowledges now that there is no division in the two industries so why aren’t we both operating under the same protocols?  Don’t start whining about gay bashing and all of that that isn’t what this is about, it is about minimizing risk.  HIV is not a gay disease, nobody is saying it is but to say that it doesn’t pose a higher risk with anal sex is sticking your head in the sand.

As jilted pointed out in his comments, the industry is NOT the same industry that it was when AIM established testing protocols some 20 years ago, indeed we now test for more and we test more often but testing is not a preventative measure any more than a pregnancy test is a preventative birth control measure. Its way past time that as an industry we got toether some real professionals to come up with a real plan….and I dont mean a bunch of flunkies banging each other at BDSM clubs  and pretending they have the performers best interests in mind.