Whoever knows and cares for Katie Summers, PLEASE KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON HER from this day forth, because there are MANY people on John Stagliano’s arm of the porn industry who I believe may attempt to physically harm her at this point.
I think that it’s GREAT that Katie Summers is taking a stand! This lawsuit could change the Los Angeles porn industry for good (and I believe that it WILL).
***Update: 6.20.2013: Photos have surfaced of HIV positive John Stagliano inserting his penis into a woman’s anus. Click here for the photos. AdultFYI has reported that there may be a second lawsuit filed against John Stagliano.
***Update: 8.12.2013: John Stagliano appears to have been having an extra-marital affair with pornstar Sheena Shaw
LOS ANGELES – from www.courthousenews.com – John Stagliano and Evil Angel Productions didn’t tell a porn actress that Stagliano was HIV positive while they made a movie, the actress, known as Katie Summers, claims in Superior Court.
(Gene Ross commentary – @GeneRoss3 on twitter)
I wonder who’s laughing now.
When the details are finally brought out, and just a tease was posted onwww.courthousenews.com this morning, it will be revealed that the attorney handling Lylith Lavey’s lawsuit against Mr. Marcus is the same attorney who filed the lawsuit against John Stagliano.
We all know the story by now. Stagliano [allegedly] worked with a performer not informing them that he was HIV. Pretty serious stuff if you ask me. Note, too, that this suit was filed by an attorney outside of the porn business.
Doesn’t it strike you odd that attorneys who are supposed to be protecting the talent in this industry – and I can think of a couple – wouldn’t touch this suit with a ten foot pole? Why is that you think?
If memory serves correct, I think a couple of female porn performers sued Max Hardcore. I don’t know if she ever filed a suit, but a performer named Neesa [aka Marcy Justine Greer] claimed Max Hardcore raped her. And then there was another performer named Olivia, a blonde who was active in the business from 1993-2004.
Max Hardcore in one interview said this: “I think I know the cunt [Neesa]. She got through the scene and we got a very nice exit interview on her. She couldn’t throat, so I gave up on that. Really pretty useless girl from the San Francisco area into the goth scene.
“She called the HIV clinic and the police and all that crap and they basically told her that she was full of sh-t and it’s her own f-cking fault, which it was because all girls are told ahead of time that you have the right to say no or even leave if you’re not feeling comfortable. I make pretty good sex scenes but I can’t read minds. And the idea of retaliation is just idiotic. I forgot about that whore, and will forget again shortly.”
In the Olivia situation, the DA dropped the case.
Max at the time commented: [The] case was rejected by DA summarily after I showed the pre-scene interview where I explain the scene and have the girl agree to do it. But that part that locked it for me was when they saw the part where I piss in her mouth and she says it’s not that bad. She must have forgotten about that part, but that’s what happens when you do too much drugs.”
Katie Summers may prove differently than some bipolar Klonopin-addicted Goth girl from San Francisco. She’s a pretty level headed young woman who represents herself well and speaks intelligently.
And the one thing I like about this suit is that it will finally wipe the smirks off of the Stagliano contingent who treat everything Rob Black, www.therobblackshow.com says as a joke. Black has been harping on this Stagliano issue for months, and, now, a very high powered attorney has listened.
This is no joke, and Diane Duke and the Free Speech Coalition will be dragged into this thing for depos, mark my words. Man, is this going to get ugly but for the better.
Things are about to change in this industry. Agents are going to be held accountable for sending performers into harm’s way. Agents won’t be allowed to run escort and prostitution rings; the issue of workmen’s comp is going to be placed on the table, and the fear of a performer speaking out will be no more.
I can only hope this will be the dawn of a new and better porn industry once Manwin and its fleet of pirate ships are shown the door.
By the way, Peter Acworth, Princess Donna and Kink.com can prepare themselves because hell will be coming to breakfast for them as well. Or so I hear.
Adult performer Katie Summers has filed a lawsuit against John Stagliano, John Stagliano Inc. and Evil Angel Inc. in the County of Los Angeles-Central District. Her attorney is Robert L. Starr.
Summers, who performed in Stretch Class 4 is suing Stagliano et al. for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, sexual battery and violations of professions code section 17200.
Summers is asking for medical bills, future medical bills, loss of income, loss of future income, punitive damages, general damages, special damages plus attorneys fees and costs.
In the suit Summers states that she worked in Stagliano’s Stretch Class 4 unaware of the fact that he was HIV. Stagliano worked with her. Had she known says Summers, she would never have done the movie.
Background facts not contained in the lawsuit are that Summers at the time was represented by Type 9 Modeling which set up a luncheon meeting with Summers and Stagliano. Never at any time, according to Summers, was she made aware of the fact of Stagliano’s medical condition.
The lawsuit goes on to say that Summers at the time of filming was very new to the business.
“At all times Stagliano is and was aware of the profound harm that could be caused to actors and actresses in the adult industry if Stagliano failed to disclose his being infected with HIV.”
According to the lawsuit, unbeknownst to Summers, dating back to 1997, Stagliano tested positive for HIV. Despite Stagliano’s knowing this, he allegedly failed to disclose to Summers that he contracted HIV and allegedly engaged in sexual contact with her.
At the time of the filming of Stretch Class 4, the suit goes on to say that the Evil Angel companies controlled by Stagliano as well as the officers, directors and managing agents allegedly knew that Stagliano had been HIV positive and allegedly knew that Stagliano would engage in sexual contact with Summers.
In August 2012, Summers learned for the first time that Stagliano had been infected with HIV at the time of the filming of Stretch Class 4.
“At all times Stagliano knowingly concealed from [Summers] that Stagliano was infected with HIV.”
The lawsuit further states that Summers has suffered severe emotional distress. The suit also refers to sexual battery and California Code Section 170.5 which provides that a person commits a sexual battery when a person acts with the intent to cause a harmful or offensive contact with an intimate part of another and a sexually offensive contact with that person directly or indirectly results.
“Even when a touching is consensual an unwanted sexual touching is still committed when the person doing the touching knowingly exposes another to a fatal disease without disclosing the existence of the disease.”
Summers consented to Stagliano engaging in sexual contact within the context of her acting in an adult film, the lawsuit further states.
“Actors engaged in sexual contact during the productions of adult films in the state of California are as a matter of custom and practice, required to provide evidence of testing for HIV and are not allowed to engage in sexual contact if they have a test which indicates they are HIV positive.
“[Summers] consent to engage in sexual contact with Stagliano was predicated upon [Summer’s] assumption that Stagliano had complied with these testing requirements and based upon the assumption that Stagliano was not HIV positive.”
Summers, according to the lawsuit, subsequently learned that Stagliano did not comply with the testing requirements and was in fact HIV positive at the time of the filming. If she had known she would never have consented to engage in sexual contact with Stagliano.
“As a result of Stagliano’s wrongful conduct, [Summers] has suffered damages.”
The suit alleges that Stagliano’s conduct was “oppressive, malicious, fraudulent and done with a conscious and callous disregard for her safety.”
In citing a violation of professions code section 17200, the suit states that this code prohibits acts of unfair competition including any unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business act or practice, and unfair, deceptive, untrue or misleading advertising.
The lawsuit contends that as an actress, Summers should be advised if an actor in the adult film she is to participate in and for which she will have sexual contact, is infected with HIV.
“This disclosure is required by law and is necessary for [Summers] to give consent to engage in sexual contact. Furthermore, this disclosure is necessary from a public health perspective in order to prevent the spread of HIV, a very harmful and fatal illness.”
The lawsuit contends that Stagliano and his companies partook in “unlawful, fradulent and deceptive business practices” by failing to disclose to [Summers] prior to [Summers] engaging in sexual contact.”
“Even more disturbing,” says the lawsuit, “even after the filming of Stretch Class 4, Stagliano continued to film adult films wherein Stagliano engaged in sexual contact with actresses without disclosing to those actresses that Stagliano was HIV positive.”