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Is Michael Lucas’ Family Proud of His Porn Career?

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What’s interesting about this profile of porn producer and Queerty reader antagonist Michael Lucas isn’t that he managed to score himself yet another piece of press (which he dutifully hangs up in his office), but that the article appears in The Forward, a Jewish newspaper that, uh, might frown on people of a porn persuasion. Or maybe it’s because no newspaper can deny a rags-to-riches, helping-ma-and-pa story:

By 1998, once it became obvious how much more Lucas could earn by producing and directing his own films, Lucas Entertainment was born. The company took off; by 2001, Lucas had made enough to help his parents, his brother, Pavel, and his grandparents immigrate to the States. His brother and father have since returned to Moscow, where the former heads a real estate company. Only his 88-year-old grandmother, a retired piano teacher, remains, residing near the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn. Lucas lives with his partner, 53-year-old Richard Winger, in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Though Lucas calls Winger his “office manager,” a 2006 New York magazine profile described the latter as an “Austrian international investor.”

What does the Bregman family think of Lucas’s chosen profession? “There is such a thing as wishful thinking. I’m sure my parents would have wished me to go on with my law education,” he said. “When my mother was alive, she knew very well what I’m doing, and my grandparents, as well. Once they realized I’m actually in the adult business, they never gave me any problem. They were always interested in how I’m doing businesswise. My father and mother had been to the office a couple times. It’s a regular office.”

[Pictured above, from left: Richard Winger (partner), Mariam Treyvas (grandmother), Lucas, Lev Bregman (father), Yelena Treyvas (mother), Pavel Treyvas (brother), Victor Treyvas (grandfather), Carla (Pavel’s girlfriend)]