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Bondage Porn Star Mike Verdugo Doesn’t Want His Flordia Cop Job Back. Just Some Cash

We’re loving SouthFloridaGayNews.com’s news graphic for its Mike Verdugo story — about how the one-time Florida cop, HGTV interior designer, and bondage fetish film performer is, as expected, suing the City of Hollywood, in Florida, over wrongful termination.

Even though an arbiter upheld his axing as completely kosher, Verdugo maintains he was fired not for leaving out his performance in Rope Rituals, but because he’s gay. And the arbiter was biased!

According to court documents filed by his local gay attorneys, George Castrataro and Norm Kent, Verdugo argued his firing was unjustified and illegal, based solely on the fact he was a gay man whose prior conduct was lawful, private, personal and not employment subject to police department review. In court papers filed yesterday, his attorneys asserted that Verdugo’s conduct was constitutionally protected intimate human behavior; personal and ‘individually expressive acts’ outside the scope of review for the Hollywood police department. The legal argument made by his lawyers was that his failure to disclose the porn video to Hollywood when he was hired was inconsequential, and “that if he had failed to disclose he spent one day appearing in a Shakespearean play no one would have cared less. It was a bias against homosexuality that drove Hollywood up a wall.” Kent additionally pointed out that Hollywood officials were retaliating against Verdugo for successfully filing sexual harassment claims against the department.

[…] Verdugo’s original attorney, Alberto Milian, commented that “the Hollywood police department appears to operate on a parallel universe that’s oblivious to social evolution.” Verdugo’s suit is seeking to vacate the original arbitration award, as well as to allow him to seek damages against the city and officials who brought the action against him. They have said they will vigorously defend the case.