Kink.com Porn Producer Threatens Libel Suit - AHF Says: "Bring it On!"

A lawyer for pornographer Peter Acworth’s Kink Studios, LLC and Kink.com, Inc. sent a Demand for Cease & Desist letter to AHF threatening legal action for defamation and libel regarding AHF remarks on two adult film performers who became HIV-positive last summer during their work tenure at Kink.

Since August, 2013, AHF filed ‘Notice of Alleged Safety or Health Hazards’ complaints with Cal/OSHA against the Bay Area adult film production company over filming that may have exposed those employees and others to infectious disease through exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials. On January 30, 2014, citing numerous workplace safety violations, Cal/OSHA issued fines totaling $78,710 against Acworth’s Kink Studios, LLC and Kink.com—a record fine for a porn producer.

LOS ANGELES--()--In response to a Cease and Desist letter sent late last week by a lawyer for pornographer Peter Acworth’s Kink Studios, LLC and Kink.com, Inc. sent to AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) threatening legal action for defamation and libel regarding AHF statements about two adult film performers who became HIV-positive last summer during their work tenure at Kink, AHF president Michael Weinstein invited Acworth, Cybernet Entertainment LLC, the parent company of San Francisco-based porn studio, Kink.com, and Karen Tynan, Kink’s attorney, to ‘Bring it on!’ and file a formal legal complaint. Last summer, two adult film performers, Cameron Bay and Rod Daily, sero-converted to HIV-positive status during their work tenure in the industry and in the time period while working for Kink.

In August, 2013, AHF filed a ‘Notice of Alleged Safety or Health Hazards’ complaint with officials at the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health targeting Kink.com and Kink Studios LLC, the Bay Area adult film production company over filming that may have exposed Ms. Bay and other employees to infectious disease through exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials. On January 30, 2014—citing numerous workplace safety violations—Cal/OSHA issued fines totaling $78,710 against Acworth’s Kink Studios, LLC and Kink.com—a record fine for a porn producer. (chart of itemized fines).

“We have absolutely no intention of engaging with serial abusers of the law—and of their employees—like Peter Acworth and Kink,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “As to his threats for legal action claiming defamation and libel, I say ‘bring it on!’”

Kink’s Demand for Cease and Desist letter comes out as the California Senate considers action later this month on legislation to require condoms in all adult films made in California (California Assembly Bill 1576, authored by Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III D-Los Angeles).

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Contacts

AHF
Ged Kenslea, +1-323-308-1833
mobile 323-791-5526
ged.kenslea@aidshealth.org
or
Kyveli Diener, +1-323-960-4846
mobile 310-779-4796
kyveli.diener@aidshealth.org

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AHF to Kink.com on Porn/HIV Libel Threat: ‘Bring it On!’ - In Jan. 2014, Cal/OSHA issued fines totaling $78,710 against Acworth’s Kink Studios, LLC and Kink.com—a record fine for a porn producer.

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Contacts

AHF
Ged Kenslea, +1-323-308-1833
mobile 323-791-5526
ged.kenslea@aidshealth.org
or
Kyveli Diener, +1-323-960-4846
mobile 310-779-4796
kyveli.diener@aidshealth.org