Wooooo! It’s not over! The war between porn stars Michael Lucas and Brent Corrigan — or rather, Michael Lucas and the rest of the porn industry who loves Corrigan — rages on even after the GayVNs wrapped in San Francisco over the weekend.
If you’re just joining us, here’s the backstory: Corrigan, famous for his role in the murder of porn producer Brian Kocis, won three awards at the GayVNs: Best Professional Amateur Video for Summit, Best Twink Video for Just the Sex 1 and Best Bottom Performer Of The Year. But when Michael Lucas took the stage, he shamed his own industry for awarding prizes to a guy who became a porn star while still a minor, putting the entire industry at risk, argued Lucas, for things like regulation and policing. (Anyone owning Corrigan’s first videos, filmed before he was 18, is now technically in possession of child pornography.)
Lucas left the stage amid boos and cheers. And anger. (This is not, of course, Lucas’ only bout with controversy.)
Having already blogged and Twittered and left comments on Queerty about the incident, Team Lucas is stepping things up. Michael just released this lengthy follow-follow-up statement, complete with Menendez Brothers analogies! We only hope it’s met with a tit-for-twat rebuttal on Corrigan’s blog. Please?
It is shocking how lightly the industry is taking this matter. By falsifying his government-required identification, Brent Corrigan put himself, producers, and the general public at the mercy of federal prosecution. Because Brent performed while he was underage, all the material that he appeared in during that time is now considered child pornography, and rightfully so. However, anyone in possession of those titles, who purchased them or viewed them assuming that the producer had taken the necessary precautions to eliminate the risk, now has illegal pornography on their hands. Can you imagine the trauma of having to deal with something like that? And with the internet being what it is, who knows what images of Brent are legal and illegal? This is a disgusting and horrifying question.
To those who are saying that Brent Corrigan didn’t know what he was doing, let me tell you that even a 17-year-old knows that forging documents is against the law. A 17-year-old also knows that he cannot take part in adult videos. Erik Menedez was only 17-years old when he and his brother killed their parents– he is serving life behind bars. No I am not equating this to murder but a crime is a crime and at 17 you know that. We cannot prosecute in one instance and then turn our heads the next… and then honor the criminal with awards for his work.
To those who are saying that I went on stage because I was jealous of Corrigan’s nominations, let me remind you that I’ve been speaking out against celebrating Corrigan for at least three years now. This was before he had received any awards.
To those who are saying I am going after Corrigan because he declined to be in my movie, how can that make any sense? In 11 years of business, there were many models which my company turned away and there were many models who turned down working for my company. Today we looked through all of our casting records, and found an email dating back to September 15, 2006, between our previous casting director and Brent Corrigan. At this point we, regrettably, did not know about his past and we are forever thankful that things did not work out and we declined working with him. My conscience would have never been cleared and a heavy deal of personal guilt would have shadowed me and my career.
For those who said it was not a good time to make a statement, please tell me what’s a better time than after the city of San Francisco honored the industry for its work to stop child pornography. Well, I’m not the type to sit silently and listen to this hypocrisy because unfortunately many in the adult industry do not seem to care much about using underage models. You see, there are thousands of young, beautiful guys out there that have made it in this business legally without putting the revolting burden of being involved in child pornos on anyone. So why do many of you decide to support and nominate this particular one? What a strange coincidence. I’m talking about reviewers and judges here. Some of you don’t care, because it’s not you, it’s the producers who are in danger. It’s the company heads, like myself, who are risking their freedom because of criminals like Corrigan. This cannot be our industry’s protocol.
I’m incredibly dismayed by those who are questioning me on the details of the situation that occurred at the GayVN Awards. I read posts by bloggers stating that they know Brent Corrigan’s boyfriend and that he is not the violent type. To those who are uninformed, I would recommend doing some research. Read the testimonies below that I have easily found today. You will clearly see Corrigan’s pattern of choosing very violent partners. His previous boyfriend wanted to kill Bryan Kocis (http://www.citizensvoice.com/articles/2009/03/04/news/wb_voice.20090304.t.pg8.cv04cdcuadra_s1.2346437_loc.txt). His new boyfriend, whose name we now know is Eric Paul Martinez, seems to be a violent psychopath as well. And now, just a few highlights from Tory M ason and Jason Sechrest’s observations of Brent’s boyfriend Eric Paul:
On Jason Sechrest’s blog, Tory Mason said:
“that guy that brent’s dating is nuts.. when i was seeing john (who is stationed in the navy and lives in san diego) we all went out, although brent wasn’t there, and at the end of the night he [Eric Paul] got into a really loud argument with some kid and john and I tried to seperate them, he [Eric Paul] ended up throwing me down to the ground and then went after the kid, who’s a bartender, and knocked him out cold.. he then hid out at john’s place till it was safe for him to go home . absolute fucking lunatic! He [Eric Paul] has some very dangerous obsession with this Corrigan kid (which he made clear the night we went out and the crazy things he was saying about him) and those death threats probably weren’t just words but actual threats.. i think he’s delisuional too, have you ever seen the way he watches over brent at a club. it’s as if he thinks that if he takes his eyes off him somebody’s going to swoop in and kidnap that chubby little washed up runt”
Also, Jason emailed me this story about Eric Paul:
“Caleb Carter, who has unfortunately since passed away, came up to me at an event one night with a black eye and when I asked him how he got it, he told me it was “the work of Brent Corrigan’s new boyfriend.” … That was when he [Corrigan] had just started d ating this guy.”
Lastly, I would like to end this letter by again telling those who thought that my short appearance on stage was a publicity-driven decision, and who are saying that it was the wrong moment. For me there are moments in life when keeping silent becomes a fault and when speaking becomes an obligation. I hold the conviction that we need to protect our industry and our youths; it is a civil duty, a moral challenge, a categorical imperative task from which we cannot escape.
I’m off to Russia, as tomorrow it will be the one year anniversary of my mother passing away and I will be with my father. So this is my last statement, but I will be than happy to answer further questions when I am back next week.