Dancer Seeks $1.25 mil for Splash-y Ad

‘HX’ Lawsuit A Go-Go

Free fag rag HX may have to start charging soon.

A Manhattan judge has ruled that “mere model and dancer” Manuel Alex Saez can proceed with a $1.25 million lawsuit against the New York-based weekly.

A dancer for Splash bar, Saez agreed to appear in an advert for the sweat-soaked hot spot. He did not, however, agree to a new name and career – HX referred to him as “Big City video porn star Alex”. The magazine also promised readers “He’ll definitely get your sprinklers working.” Talk about a Splash!

Saez says the ad caused him “emotional and mental suffering and distress, and sleeplessness and aggravation”. The magazine and its lawyers failed to convince the judge otherwise. And, what’s more, they admitted to not checking up on Saez’s porn stats – or lack thereof. Although, to be fair, it’s an honest mistake. Have you been to Splash?

HX seem unfazed by the scandal. Lawyer Alan Effron told The Post he’s sure further consideration will show the “magazine acted responsibly”. Good for you, Effron, now you just have to prove it. Or keep fighting until a judge throws the suit out, which would probably be easier.

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  • Qjersey

    When you run a business half assed and on the fly…no surprise. HX was probably in between staff at the time like they always are. The staff at the place rotates changes over faster than the crowd at the West Side Club.

  • nycstudman

    Hmmmm. If you’re already bare-chested for a pick-up bar, going to hard to prove hardship from being identified as a porn star. If anything, that should help his “career.” Besides, HX can prove no malice, just sloppiness. And he’d better hope that he doesn’t have any client-skeletons in his closet to come out to testify. Lots of times, people who file lawsuits like this are in denial about their past. Just sayin’.

  • cjc

    Hmmm… stupid, brain dead mag + naked go-go boy = waste of the justice system’s time.

  • Vinman

    He agreeded to be in an ad and ended up on the cover? And a porn star. I have to side with Saez. Although his career as a dancer should not be hurt, what if he wanted to run for a public office in the futureor work for corporate america? He could be a college student working as a dancer to pay bills. You hear of female strippers doing that all the time and they are respected for it.

  • Future Shipwreck

    Is HX even worth $1.25 million? Also, it seems like such a dramatic lawsuit would cause more bad publicity for one than a misleading advertisement in a free gay weekly.

  • EdWoody

    That’s not the guy they’re talking about on that cover up there. That’s just the cover of the latest issue. This all happened about 2 years ago.

  • afrolito

    All the legal fees HX is wasting fighting this nonsense, could have been spent cutting this guy a check.

  • nycstudman

    “All the legal fees HX is wasting fighting this nonsense, could have been spent cutting this guy a check.” Don’t know about websites but any print publication worth a dime has liability “first amendment” insurance, so they’re not paying for this (although it might raise their premium).

  • UndercoverPants

    Maybe if they start charging they’ll finally have to shut down that piece of shit sorry excuse for a magazine. Seriously, the writing? Oscar Wilde must be revolving in his grave to see the written word so degraded by his fellow knob-gobblers.

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