Gay kink porn site sued after actors claimed they contracted HIV while filming

Gay kink porn site sued after actors claimed they contracted HIV while filming
Gay kink porn site sued after actors claimed they contracted HIV while filming

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A gay kink porn production company is being sued after actors have claimed the contracted HIV while filming.

Peter Acworth is the CEO of San Francisco-based porn website Kink.com – one of the largest fetish sites in the world.

Three actors, two male and one female, sued Acworth in 2014 claiming they contracted HIV while filming various adult films.

Kink website must defend itself against lawsuits

And now, a federal judge has ruled the porn empire must defend itself against the lawsuits.

One specific incident suggests one porn star, who no longer works in the industry, made a Bound in Public scene in 2013.

Bound in Public is a gay site on Kink.com, featuring men having sex on other actors and members of the public while in various states of bondage or submission.

During a film shot at Kink.com’s studio, the Armory in San Francisco, one actor claims he was blindfolded.

Actor claims he was ‘forced’ to perform oral sex

In that scene he was forced to perform oral sex on dozens of ‘untested, unidentified members of the general public’. The unnamed actor says he had a cut in his mouth during the performance and tested positive for HIV two weeks later.

It is alleged the actors were forced to have sex without protection, told they’d be ‘out of a job’ if they asked to use condoms.

It was during a film shot at the Armory that one actor, John Doe, claims he was blindfolded and forced to perform oral sex on dozens of “untested, unidentified members of the general public.” Doe says he had a cut in his mouth during the performance and tested positive for HIV two weeks later.

Kink website denied the ‘sensational nature’ of the allegations

US District Judge James Donato has granted the actors, represented by Atain Speciality Insurance Company, finding ‘physical-sexual abuse exclusion’ exempts the insurer from covering claims arising from sexual activity.

 

Porn films are no longer filmed in the Armory after Acworth said he would now use it for administrative offices and event spaces.

Kink.com and Atain have yet to comment on this new development.

 

In 2015, Kink.com attorney Karen Tynan told Courthouse News not to be fooled by “the sensational nature” of the allegations brought by former actors.

‘None of these claims were made at the time of the shoots, and are easily refuted both by detailed shoot records, our testing protocols, and the video footage itself,’ Tynan said.

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