Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Let's Play Porn Scare Whack-a-Mole!! Clover Finally Gets Cleared; Lisa Ann Goes SuperSleuth And Defuses Another Bomb

One thing about the porn industry....never a dull moment. One scandal gets defused; another one rises up from another hole. (No pun.)

This weekend, not one but TWO potentially dangerous situations that could have spelled disaster emerged and were diffused, but not before the usual suspects and peanut gallery shouters got in their licks. Fortunately, so far, no actual injuries or casualties, but there's been more than enough flak thrown to muddle up and confuse people who might be following....so, for your viewing pleasure and as a public service, we will try our best to clear things up on both fronts.

First, we have the Great Syphilis Scare, Part Deux...the one where both porn blogger/gadfly Mike South and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation were all a gaga over the potential propaganda gains when a performer was reported to have tested "positive" for syphilis. Unfortunately for them (and fortunately for the rest of us), the tests turned out to be more "inconclusive", and follow up tests ultimately cleared the performer, named Clover. Today, both the porn talent agency group LATATA and the Free Speech Coalition's APHSS testing system officially announced that Clover had been cleared to perform again, and that all was well that ended well. Some questions may remain about how the tests turned up "inconclusive" to begin with, though there is the possibility that the cause was the hypersensitivity of the TrepSure test used by the industry for their syphilis tests. But, in any case, we can close the book on this one.

The second sitch, on the other hand, is still an ongoing project, though it too managed to resolve itself before anything dangerous happened. What makes this story interesting is that it took the actions of a performer icon going rogue on her own to resolve the potential crisis.

And when that performer is none other than Lisa Ann (aka Sarah Palin's Worst Nightmare), it kind of turns heads and raises eyebrows.

This isn't the first rodeo for Lisa Ann, either, when it comes to independent calling out. Remember a while back that she was the one to bust the Internet radio show Pornstar Babylon when she caught original Syphilis Scare Dude Mr. Marcus doing the live dirty on Jessica Bangkok's show, and promptly raised Twitter hell. When the dust settled, Bangkok (along with Debi Diamond and Christy Canyon) was pink slipped, and Manwin was forced to enforce their "NO sex on radio" code.

During the original syphilis scare of last year, LA was also one of the strongest critics of the original plan of protection devised by APHSS in the midst of the panic, requiring all performers to undergo treatment through taking a series of vaccine shots. Her objection was that those who were not infected should not have to risk the aftereffects of taking unnecessary treatments that could potentially backfire.

Let's just say that Lisa Ann is not known for being quiet about things she does not like. And she will use her power to call out those she thinks are threats to the industry.

And last Sunday night, on her Twitter live stream (@TheRealLisaAnn) she went off long and strong. I'll just let the full text of her tweetage speak for itself.

These are all cut-and-pasted snapshots from LA's Twitter page; due to the extended length I had to break them down into segments. Plus, you have to read from the bottom tweet up for each segment.



Again, please read from the bottom up for the correct sequencing.



Segment #3:


Segment #4:

The website Lisa Ann is talking about is the APHSS "whitelist" page of performers that are cleared to perform pursuant to testing by the two major testing centers, Talent Testing Services and Cutting Edge Testing.


I believe that the picture is becoming a bit clearer as to what LA is implying: an agent is basically allowing a performer who potentially might be spreading a pretty nasty infection to game the system and continue performing in spite of a positive test kicking him out of the "whitelist". 

But, wait...it soon gets real. As in....really REAL.



That is what you call proactive intervention.


"Free Speech" = Free Speech Coalition, for those of you playing at home.

And the outing of LA Direct Models may ring some bells, because Lisa Ann has had a bit of a rivalry with that agency -- in particular, it's chief boss Derek Hay -- going back to the days when LA had her own autonomous talent agency, Lisa Ann Talent Management.


Here's how Lisa Ann concluded her Twitter bomb:


But, she didn't stop there....she then went over to XBiz.com and busted out a few more details about the potentially tainted performer and the testing debacle. Quoting from their article posted on Monday:

Lisa Ann said she found out on Wednesday, Aug. 7 that she was booked to work with the performer on Sunday, Aug. 11. She immediately requested the performer's test in advance of the shoot, which is part of her routine. She said she has worked with the performer before but not for about three years.

She said the performer sent her a photo copy of his test electronically and she noticed it was from LabCorp. Tests from somewhere other than Cutting Edge Testing (CET) or Talent Testing Services (TTS) are not typical, Lisa Ann said.

She said that because it was unusual that the performer presented her with a test from LabCorp, she was compelled to call both CET and TTS to ask if the performer was available to work. "I got a verbal from both sides that he is 'unavailable' to work," she said.

Then she logged into the Free Speech Coalition's Adult Performer Health and Safety Services (APHSS) database to check the performer's status, and his status was listed as "unavailable."

Lisa Ann said that LabCorp does not test for Hepatitis unless it is requested, and that CET and TTS just temporarily began testing for Hepatitis B and C in June. Neither provide the Hepatitis test now, unless it is requested and an additional fee is paid for it.
She said she believes the performer is positive for some type of Hepatitis because "it's process of elimination, and plus other people knew about it when I talked to them."

But the performer still had been planning to work with her on Sunday had she not canceled the scene herself on Thursday, according to Lisa Ann. She also claimed the week before last that the performer in question did "two gangbang scenes and an orgy."

For their part, the FSC, through their CEO, Diane Duke, verified LA's story, with the additional caveat that the APHSS system of testing relies on the trust and good faith of performers and agents and companies cooperating with the protocols to ensure prompt action.

Duke continued, “I don’t have proof of what Lisa Ann had suggested, so I can’t speak to knowledge that that has happened. But what I can say is performers or anybody who has been marked 'unavailable' on our database from cause should not be performing. And anybody who supports that person performing, that’s unacceptable.”

Lisa Ann said she has "had some banter" with the performer in question about his tests since she canceled their scene. She told him, "if you don't do something about this, I'm going to the county health department." According to Lisa Ann, he told her, "I don't know what to say."

Lisa Ann would not name the production company that booked her with him.

"The systems we have are working, but it's your responsibility as talent to call in and get a verbal or to log into APHSS's database," she said.

Duke echoed Lisa Ann's point.

“Producers and directors and performers have to use this system in order for it to work. Producers aren’t even paying for it. There is absolutely no reason why people should not be using this system," Duke said. “We can only hold the industry so accountable. The industry has to be responsible and hold each other accountable. We’re providing the service, we’re providing the doctors and approved testing protocols and testing facilities.” 

"People trust us," Lisa Ann continued. "They don't think we will bring them an irrevelant test."
Also, later that evening, XBiz posted an addedum containing the response from Derek Hay of LA Direct Models, denying Lisa Ann's charges and citing the inconsistency of the testing system.

Derek Hay, owner of LA Direct Models, which represents the performer in question, told XBIZ Monday, “The adult industry does not currently require someone to demonstrate negative test results for Hepatitis in order for a performer to be cleared to work. The current demand is for an HIV test by Aptima. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis is provided by Trep Sure and RPR tests by TTS, and only Trep Sure by CET.

“As far as the allegation that Lisa Ann has made I cannot comment other than to say I have no evidence that supports her allegation and any information that we have at the agency shows him testing cleared for work. And through all of the last three to four months when what must be the time period that Lisa Ann alleges a positive test result, we have no record or information that he has not been cleared for work. Based on her public allegation today we are doing some investigative work to review if there is any truth to her allegation, but have nothing of substance from which to investigate.

"I will first be recommending to the actor that he be transparent and truthful at all times and likely that means test at TTS as soon as possible to dispel any doubt."

Hay also noted that only “a minority” of production studios currently utilize the APHSS database.

“The majority of studios set their own testing policy which always includes the four or five tests previously mentioned showing negative results. And the period of time from date collected to the date the test expires varies between those studios. Some are 14 days, some 15 days, some 28 and some are 30.”

And then the next day, LATATA got into the game with their own statement mirroring that of Hay and also announcing that Talent Testing would add Hepatitis C screenings to their regular testing panel. (Cutting Edge had been offering Hep C as a supplemental screening since June). In that statement, LATATA founding member and ATMLA founder Shy Love also publically denied Lisa Ann's claims of a positive test, citing that all the tests they had access to had come out negative.

The most damning statement of all, though, is that no studio has seen fit to include Hepatitis B or C testing as a reason for blacklisting a performer, even though the performer cited was in fact taken off the "whitelist" and flagged as "unavailable". That has been a sore spot with many performers, and one of the major propaganda points of groups like the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in their crusade to impose mandatory condom usage for all performers.

The irony of it all is that both CET and TTS had integrated a program during the month of June adding Hep B/C screenings to their panels at no additional charge. On Monday, TTS announced that they would revive the program through the month of August as a precautionary measure.

And as for Lisa Ann?? Her response to the antics of LATATA and LA Direct was to the effect of: "Not impressed."  (Also reposted at Mike South's blog)

 Well I TOO can release an official statement.. and here goes…


 Sure LATATA and anyone else can imply that I did not have the information I needed to make such claims, but can they prove me wrong? If so, I would be thrilled. Thrilled to know no one in the industry I love so much is sick. That is not what anyone wants for anyone that is here.


 Too further address the fact that I am not privy to the information of someone elses health records, you are correct. But I am privy to common sense, I am also wiling to apply that common sense to satisfy my own research and to protect myself and the health and well being of MY business.

 It was not difficult for me after hearing some talk in the business and then getting to actually see the outside test come in to my phone, i knew I got asked to work with [name of possibly infected performer redacted] for a reason. A reason much larger than a scene. The reason was to do my homework, which I did. My first phone call was to Derek at LA Direct Models, I asked him some important questions. First question was “Derek, do you let your talent work with Talent who have tests that are NOT from CET or TTS” . he said “NO”. I then asked why he would have one of the Male Talent that he represents through his agency, that is active on his site, testing at Lab Corp. Derek tried to deny it but then he went on to mention there was an issue about it on another set, but he wasn’t sure what it was about …


NOW I CALL BULLSHIT.. Derek knows everything that goes on on every set because thats how he watches his money. So Please don’t try to pull that with me. I have been in the business longer than Derek, and by the looks of how this is playing out, I will be in the business a lot longer than him too.


 Rightfully so. For those of you who read the Statement from Derek on XBIZ, he states the industry does NOT require a clean Hep test in order to shoot.


WELL HELLO Derek, thank you for admitting you knew about this. You came clean in your own, round about way. You are guilty, but since the Industry doesn’t require a clean HEP test, as you said, you will keep [redacted] on your site as available to work in sex scenes.


 What I do want and need is, for those who are more worried about money than  the health of the industry to get shut down. If you are an agent and you are allowing you talent to go to set with a Test from a Center outside of the parameters of the Testing Centers we all go to, well then you are wrong, and more so, you need to be shut down. If you are trying to say it is ok to work with a test that proves you have an illness, but you state that the industry doesn’t require you to be clean of HEP, well you are a sicker mother fucker than even i ever imagined. Like being the largest illegal PIMP and pushing your girls to escort and be in unsafe situations off set. Now you want us all to be unsafe on set as well.


 Don’t anyone forget that I worked at LA Direct Models for a year. I learned a LOT that year. I have enough information to do what ever i need. But that would do nothing for me.

Protecting this business does EVERYTHING for me.
Thank you,

XO LA
Obviously, we will follow this as it breaks.

[Addedum: The statement by Lisa Ann posted at Mike South's blog reveals the name of the potentially infected performer; I have decided to redact his identity here pursuant to standard BPPA policy.]





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