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Will Rope Rituals Star Michael Verdugo Be Barred From Ever Being a Florida Cop Again?

The Hollywood Police Department in Florida doesn’t just want Rope Rituals star (and HGTV Design Star contestant) Michael Verdugo to remain permanently off the squad. They want to take his Florida Department of Law Enforcement certification, which would prohibit him from ever being a cop again.

Told by the department he was fired not for being gay but for failing to disclose in his job application that he made the gay light bondage film, (a decision backed up by an arbitrator), Verdugo has been fighting the ruling and will appear in Broward Circuit Court in November to argue his case. (The Hollywood Police Department agreed to drop its certification claim if Verdugo drops his lawsuit against the department. He refused.)

“I want my case to be an example of what happens in Florida,” says Verdugo, who was known to Rope Rituals watchers as Mikey V. “I still want to be a cop. My goal — not a practical one — is to go back to Hollywood.”

In the meantime he says he’s still lobbying for the passage of ENDA — although a law that bars discrimination against sexuality wouldn’t technically apply here, since the police department, uh, only had a problem with Verdugo not telling his future employer about the flick.

By:           Sarah Nigel
On:           Aug 11, 2010
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  • 6 Comments
    • ManPuppyDotCom
      ManPuppyDotCom

      Michael can come over to our office in Tampa Bay dressed as a cop ANY time :)

      Aug 11, 2010 at 10:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      If he’s a good cop..that is all that should matter….

      Aug 11, 2010 at 11:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stephen
      Stephen

      I found him so attractive on his season, and actually wish he were still on T.V. somewhere.

      Aug 11, 2010 at 2:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Gay
      The Gay

      Ugh! Why doesn’t he just move, who wants to live in Florida anyway?

      Aug 12, 2010 at 1:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hilarious
      Hilarious

      Not surprised, it’s Florida. I only made it in that hell hole a few months before packing and fleeing as fast as I could go.

      Aug 12, 2010 at 4:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Captain proton
      Captain proton

      and eventually http://www.bilerico.com/2010/08/cop_fired_for_gay_porn_wins_appeal.php

      Aug 10, 2013 at 4:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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