“I always knew [my twin brother] was gay,” 34-year-old, one-time gay-for-pay adult film performer Ta’Leon Goffney tells Queerty in an exclusive interview, “but to witness him being bottomed right before my very eyes as I had to play along was just too close for comfort.”
In 2004, Goffney, who identifies as straight, and his gay twin brother, Keyontyli, appeared in a gay adult film together. It was a one-time thing that he immediately regretted and that would later come back to haunt him time and time again.
In 2008, Goffney was sentenced to three to eight years in prison for his part in the robbery of a Philadelphia beauty salon. When the production company got wind of his arrest, they sent out a press release alerting the media of his past that included a free link to the video. As a result, Goffney’s life became “a living hell.”
Today, he is a free man. Since being released from prison in June 2014, he has obtained a professional certificate as an HVAC technician and launched a modeling career. He also published a memoir called Infamous and is working on its sequel titled Life After Infamy. And in May of last year, he and his long-time girlfriend welcomed a son into the world.
We had an opportunity to chat with Goffney about his adult film past, surviving prison with his reputation and how fatherhood has helped him cope with the traumas he has suffered.
Check out what he had to say…
QUEERTY: You’ve come a long way in just a few years, going from adult films and prison to obtaining a professional certificate and becoming a father. How has your outlook on the world shifted?
GOFFNEY: My son being born gave me automatic clarity on what had to be done. Either I step things up for him or he will suffer the same fate as I did. And for me that is unacceptable. When you spend a total of 11 years of your life incarcerated you tend to value time more than the average person. Freedom becomes the most precious commodity because it offers possibilities, and to do without it so long makes you maximize every day.
For people who may not be familiar with your story, you’re straight, but in 2004 you flew to Vegas to shoot a gay-for-pay film alongside your gay twin brother. Looking back, how did that experience change you?
In retrospect, that experience damaged our brotherhood. I always knew he was gay and sexually active, but to witness him being bottomed right before my very eyes as I had to play along was just too close for comfort. Although we never did anything sexual to one another it still ruined the family line between us because it obliterated any possible boundaries that he and I could ever have again. It’s been 12 years since it happened and it’s still vivid in my mind as if it happened yesterday. I regret it to the fullest. Because that played a part in me losing the one person who was closest to me.
What was it like performing alongside him?
Performing with him gave us both the twisted motivation to actually get through a scene of twin brothers. The producers really pressured us during the shoot, which made the process all the more difficult. We both felt like prostitutes because we were being filmed doing sex acts for money. And we are twins, so telepathically we both felt the degradation growing inside of us. It ruined our bond because we really took it too far. There’s just certain lines that siblings should never cross.
You’ve said in the past that you were struggling financially at the time, and that is why you went through with it. Do you feel like, in a way, you were coerced?
To a degree. I was under the impression that it was just an upscale modeling gig, but when I got to Vegas it was a completely different story. But at the end of the day, I decided to go through with it anyway. In retrospect, the producers took advantage of two naive, poverty-stricken kids from Camden, New Jersey. And when I was arrested in 2008, they sent out a press release with a free link to the video so the views are now in the millions. They capitalized off my misfortune in the fullest way.
Did the film ever come up when you were in prison?
Because that free link was released, it was impossible for anyone not to know who I was in 2008. Nancy Grace, Details Magazine, Perez Hilton, Bossip, Philladelphia Inquirer, New York Times, Saturday Night Live Weekend Update, and countless other media outlets had exactly what they needed to make my 75-month prison sentence a living hell. I was ostracized, attacked and harassed by inmates and prison guards all the way up until my release date.
How did you protect yourself?
I spent a third of my sentence in solitary confinement due to the notoriety of my case. I was all over the television. When I was finally allowed to serve the remainder of my time in General Population the other inmates avoided me at all costs. Even though I identify as a heterosexual male, I was ridiculed for being a “gay porn star.” I ate by myself, watched television by myself. They would even vacate the shower room when they saw me coming. They treated me like I had a terminal illness that was highly contagious.
Did that sort of treatment change your perspective on the daily struggles of LGBTQ people?
That treatment heightened my empathy for the LGBTQ community. It made me realize that society gives them hell for something they have no control over. You have no control over who you love. They made me feel less than human when I was in prison. I wouldn’t wish what happened to me on my worst enemy. That experience changed my entire perspective.
What is your relationship with your brother like today?
As to date, we haven’t physically spoken in almost two years. Some other events took place to culminate the divide between us, but the gay film era definitely was the snowflake that caused the avalanche in our lives.
And what about your son? Do you ever worry about the day he finds out about your past?
Every day. Because there’s a lot of petty people in my family, so I’m sure he’s going to find out one way or another. And besides I published a book about it all and the Google search on me is ridiculous. So I couldn’t hide it from him if I wanted to. I’m just going to keep it one thousand percent honest with him and tell him why I did it, and then let him know that it gave me the strength to be a true father to him. My dad never saved me, but I’m going to save him. And he will undeniably see the difference my presence in his life presents versus me not having my father in mine.
What if your father had been around?
Honestly, I used to think about that everyday. I always imagined life would’ve been greater if he was around to protect me from the pitfalls of life. I had to learn the hard way through trial and error of what it meant to be a man. I would’ve never saw the porn industry or spend a total of 11 years of my life in prison if he was around to give me the proper guidance. But now that I’m a father myself, I’m fully aware of the peril that awaits my son if I don’t remain a constant presence in his life. I don’t think about my father anymore.
If you could go back and tell the old Ta’Leon one thing, what would it be?
First, I would tell him that his self-respect is priceless and to never let go of it. Then I would remind him of what Grandmom tried to tell him when he was a child. Grandmom took me to the park in Magnolia, New Jersey and she looked me dead in the eye and said, “When you get older you are going to learn that a lot of people aren’t worthy of your company.” And I would warn him that if he doesn’t take heed to her advice he’s about to find out the hard way of exactly what she meant.
After everything, do you ever think you’ll ever be able to find closure?
I’ve done things that I can’t take back or erase from my memory, but my son helps me to live with it. He’s making me a better man by the day. Because my twin brother and I never had a father. And I may never know why he abandoned us. But at least, through my son, I know why he should’ve stayed. He is my closure.
This article was more interesting than I expected, because Ta’Leon is a real person and has all the complications that may entail. I wish him and his son all the best. And a surprise – when he referenced his childhood in Magnolia, NJ…I once lived across the street from the high school serving Magnolia. Sometimes it’s a small world indeed.
So they had sex with each other? That’s messed up, and so is having sex while watching your own brother or sibling.
@ErikO: He says in the article that they didn’t do anything with each other but yes he did watch his brother and admitted that it was messed up.
Ta’Leon Goffney, you are a man that I am proud to look up to. I wish you all the best in life. I know you will be the greatest asset in your son’s life.
Where is this film? I have GOT to see it!
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@Ksb1978: It’s on a site called B L A C K M E N . N E T. Or was. He and his brother both get banged out by this hot West Indian dude. People do what they have to in order to survive. I give him a lot of credit for turning his life around. I also wish someone would make a movie about lives like his and his brothers. Talk about stuff you never see on screen or TV!
They both looked like they were really into it.
I’m glad he seems to have turned his life around; but he makes it seem like it was just one film when he made at least two. I have the one where he bottoms, it’s so hot, he’s so handsome. They were easy to find; just google twins gay porn and you’ll find them.
The only thing I get from this article is that a twin brother was very insecure to the point that he hated his brother’s profession and life. I also get that Queerty loves this story because they love all the clicks it will get from people who think it’s morally wrong to have sex.
When I started reading this I was prepared not to like the guy and the first couple questions were salacious and I thought here we go with the cliche’s. But they guy actually sounds pretty smart now and has made his life better I wish everyone would grow up like this guy has so many just keep blaming their current problems on what happened to them decades ago.
Here is what I would do were I him or were I advising him: Get an agent and have him (the agent) shop the story to Hollywood. To hell with other peoples morals, he has a son, wife (companion) and himself to feed. Let the cynical asses of some of his family members he mentioned and those hopeless losers he was incarcerated with that ignored him become jealous of his smarts and success while stewing in their misery.
Here is a link I hope you will put to good use. Let him know your story and see where it goes. What do you have to lose? Good luck dude.
he is hot
Apparently he has learned nothing about human nature, compassion, forgiveness. He’s run away and fond solace in having a son. Until he can reconcile with his brother he’s still less then a whole human being. I sure hope for the son’s sake that the son doesn’t turn out to be a non-heterosexual.
@Bob LaBlah: One last thing (as in were I you). I would send a copy of that book to Oprah, Don Lemon, Gayle King and Robin Roberts. Two out of that four are out of the closet, so you just might have a chance of at least a call back from one out of the four. You might be surprised at the sales increase if they decided to interview you on television. As I said, you have an interesting story that is more a less a movie waiting to be produced.
Again, good luck.
@Larry: All I heard was the Porn. Two films doesn’t exactly define your life and make you a criminal. Nothing at all was said about his life of crime though other then then why he was in there.
It does seem like he’s blaming the sex for his downfall which is BS. Makes for a great story on sites like this but far from the truth.
As I read the story I got the impression he was upset because he saw his brother being a bottom. But I looked at the film and saw that both had been bottoms to the same guy. Maybe that makes him ashamed but he choose to do it. Both are hot and wouldn’t turn either down. But he has to live his life as he see fits. But something tells me this won’t be the last time he’s in a porn flick.
@badpappy: What are you going on about? Is he not allowed to father a child, lest you think it’s “running away” in disguise? How do you know that it’s not his twin who needs a lesson in forgiveness? It’s like you found an invitation to assign extra meaning to his statements & RSVP’d right away.
@Stache: He did no such thing. Stating the exploitation and abuse that he received because of the porn is not synonymous with scapegoating the porn for other misfortunes.
This was a better article than I thought it would be. I have one quibble is it alludes that he performed once in gay porn but there are at least 4 different scenes of him performing with his brother one of which its just the two of them masterbating. So the story is a little revisionist.
Would love to see what his gay twin has to say about it all.
One thing people forget is when you do porn and sign that contract you give the porn company the rights to use your images and video and they can do as they want and while it seems very mean to have capitalized on his arrest by sending out a press release it was totally legal. His arrest and conviction are public records. It’s upsetting that homophobia is so prevelent in a prison including the staff.
Everyone makes mistakes. Mature people try to learn from them and make life better for themselves regardless of the roadblocks they may face.
This is a one BRAVE and MATURE person. I wish him, his family and all who are close to him well.
@trice30:”It was a one-time thing that he immediately regretted and that would later come back to haunt him time and time again.”
Yeah, ah.. right. Lol Guy needs to understand there’s this thing called Google and just own up to it.
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Our puritanical, hypocritical country loves to judge and attack people. So he made a porn film that his brother was in. I personally don’t care and don’t think any less of him or his brother for it. We all make decisions we later regret. Getting back on-track is what’s important and Ta’Leon seems to be on a good path at this point after some apparent criminal activity. His son is adorable and I wish him and his little family the best!
Somehow I think if they would have both banged a chick the feelings of guilt and regret wouldn’t be an issue.
I always thought that film was kindna hot. Now I feel bad 🙁
@seaguy:@seaguy: there is an interview online with the brother (i think he goes by Kyle Goffney) and his version of their history is very different but if u read both interviews, u can get a pretty good picture of how poverty and racial inequity plaid a big role
Thanks for the link, Stache.
He is VERY good looking. If I were him I would be approaching the major modelling agencies.
I could imagine him doing runway, being a model for some premium brand either in men’s clothing or some luxury goods
such as watches, mens cologne, etc.
His porn past would not necessarily be a problem. I say that thinking of Fredrik from “Million Dollar Listings, NYC”
The pictures of him are all over the net but that didn’t stop him from becoming a top producing Realtor and dealing with some of the world’s wealthiest people.
He should give it a try – nothing ventured, nothing gained. He might be very successful.
Perhaps I spoke too soon.
I just read the interview his twin (Kyle Goffney) gave and it is night & day different.
And frankly his brother comes off as being much more truthful and in touch with reality.
It’s easy to find using Google.
One thing is very clear – their mother got pregnant at age 14 and by the time she was 21 she had four children all by different men. It sounds like they had a horrible ghetto like upbringing.
Is there any level of self-loathing Queerty won’t sink to? I guess not because they give a soft ball interview to the “straight” brother who is convicted criminal to basically trash his gay brother without any pushback from the self-loathing gays at Queerty who love straight men more than their own self-respect. There is virtually no context given for this interview – I still don’t know why I should care what his grandmother thinks about gay porn??
Also, what is with them creepy sexist insinuation that “not having a father” somehow caused all his problems in life and I get the feeling that straight brother blames that for his brother being gay. Why let this jerk get away with blaming all his problems in life on his mother and shame on Queerty for making that implication by asking the question? You had to know that even raising the question opened the door to this sexist, homophobic crap. Also, he was a grown ass man when he agreed to be in gay porn and no one coerced him into anything – the vast majority of poor people do not commit crimes and don’t have gay sex for money either so I’m not buying it…
All I can think of when I read a line like “we both felt like prostitutes because we were being filmed doing sex acts for money” is that line from “Casablanca”: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”
One of the best Queerty articles. But why would they send out a press release to take advantage of his infamy? And make it free? Maybe it had run its course, reached its selling peak? Reminded me of Kim K but with robbery and prison thrown in.
After reading both interviews with these brothers I am not sure I believe either of them 100%. There is obviously a certain amount of spin on both stories to further each individuals agenda. At least they both got ahead and made better lives for themselves which is the main thing I guess. Good for them.
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No. He has real issues. I believe what his brother said about everything that went down. Crazy he is STILL dredging up the past.
He knew damned well what he was getting into, so don’t expect me to cry for him. Everyone knows that sex or even sex scenes with your brother is just plain sick, sick, sick. Now, he has an HVAC certificate and he thinks he has the world by the balls. PUH-LEEZE!!!!
So, he spent 4 years in jail for robbery but mentions he spent 11 years in jail – what accounts for the other 7 years? Seems he ought to be more concerned about 11 years in jail vs the time he had sex for money.
@Preston_1331: The other 7 yrs were before he did the porn.
Hats off to Queerty for this story. It was very good. But it’s a very OLD story. 11 yrs ago. And it was well covered and written about before. I seriously doubt any book deal, or movie will come from it. He comes off very likable, but some things are off. He did TWO movies, yet he makes it seem like it was only one. And In one, he seems like he’s enjoying himself, and I had a hard believing that he did not know it was a porn movie they would be doing. And yes accounts do differ from what he say’s, and what his brother says. But still I wish him well.
@Tackle: By my current estimate, he did at least 7 videos (4 for Blackmen.net and 3 others for Dawgpoundusa). He doesn’t come off as particularly honest in the interview.
With Marc Williams
The two of them jerking off together plus ball play
Why should there be any shame or embarrassment at all. He’s hot, his brother is hot, and they did porn together. So what. That’s what brothers should do, if they’re hot.
He wasn’t pressured to do anything. He contacted the studio, he filled out the paperwork, he shot the scene.
@Poloboy50: Did he do a movie with Kristian Bjorn? A friend of mine told me he saw a porn where two black Caribbean men who are brothers had sex with some guy in a 3 way but they did not have sex with each other.
@Preston_1331: If time permits you might want to google this guy AND his brother. To use the expression “a piece of work” in the negative is an understatement to describe BOTH of them. I don’t believe anything either one of them say but I do wish him luck in getting his life back in order. And by the way, he TOO did bottom.
@Stache: Thanks for the link, and yup, they were both really into it.
Wish him the best, but it seems he spends a great deal of time and energy on finding other spots for blame rather than looking at himself first. Not a good message for his son.
HE’S A COMPLETE LIAR!!! I am a close friend of the family and even with his infant child he is still doing porn. His brother had nothing to do with his start in porn, and he was not coerced, if that was the point why are you still filming solo porn in your little brother’s room as recent as April 2016, here’s the video right
One thing about the internet is if you look hard enough you’ll always find the truth. His jealousy of his twin brother has been apparent for years. His brother made something of his life, while he is still clinging to the past like most long term ex cons do. He is mentally disturbed and has done 11 interviews since his release 2 years ago in attempts to sell his fictional novel. Has been a curse to the family since his teens, including molesting his baby cousin she was 5 years old and he was 15. I am posting this to expose this liar once and for all as we all sat by and let him lie repeatedly to this bloggers and radio stations, he needs to know you can’t just say what you want about good people when the bad person is you!
LIAR!!1 STILL DOING PORN IN LITTLE BROTHER’S ROOM APRIL 2016, SHAME ON YOU, USING YOUR BROTHER & CHILD AS AN EXCUSE FOR YOU ACTIONS, OWN IT!!!
@Keepit1Hunnit: Do you remember a story on the internet regarding his brother having an emotional breakdown at a friends house once all of their scandals hit the news? I remember reading about it but can’t find it.
A friend of mine who I emailed this article to sent me that link last night. I didn’t want to post it because of how I foolishly took this “reformed” ex-con at his word. Now I am beginning to wonder if that really is his son and does this girlfriend really exist. Some how I doubt it. The same goes for that HVAC certification he is claiming to have. If anything this lying lil bastard was in protective custody for ratting someone out.
@Bob LaBlah I’m with you on that one! We still haven’t verified the kid or if this is you & your girlfriend’s child why isn’t there one family pic of all of you together. Trust me when I say this, he and his family have serious problems, especially him. For starters then entire household has criminal records, and he has been in and out of prison for 12 years now and now he’s seeking redemption for a shady past, but not decent present? You don’t get rewarded for breaking the law and who cares about your porn and so called straight claim (hence the child as proof, we’re not buying it). There is not story of redemption here until you get out and do something good with you life and stop interrupting other’s with you bullsh*t inconsistent lies. Check the link he still doing porn so stop saying it has been 10 years now since. OMG!!! I really can’t stand Ta’leon, he’s been a hell child since a toddler.
I am happy he has survived prison and is doing well for himself. However, I am sick of people portraying porn as this horrible, criminal act that is the lowest of the low.
NOTHING IS WRONG WITH PORN. You don’t have to grow up fatherless and poor and hopeless to be a porn performer. MANY porn performers grew up in a loving supportive family. Many porn performers completed their degrees and worked for years in law, medicine, education AND THEN CHOOSE to go into adult entertainment. Therefore, it is full time we stop demonizing porn performers.
@Keepit1Hunnit: As I have said, I am NOT going to post any videos of his performance but after doing a bit more searching there are NUMEROUS videos of him made THIS year out on the internet. Several of them focus more on bending over and showing us where the sun doesn’t shine, if you get me drift. What type of sex does that hint at? He bottomed in that first video, lets not forget, and didn’t appear to be in very much “pain”, shall we say?
There is/was a story of how he escaped from the back of a police cruiser while handcuffed that the police have verified that it DID happened just as reported. I read it back when he and his brothers dilemma first hit the internet and news. This guy IS dangerous and is a time bomb waiting to go off. I bet he turns into a girl when he…………I’m sure you can figure out when.
@Bob LaBlah: I doubt this guy is actually hetero.
@Nedra: Agreed that there is nothing wrong with doing porn in itself. My problem with him is his inability to be honest.If he just admitted to the porn, I wouldn’t care, but instead he claims he has only done one film and was pressured into it even when there is tons of evidence on the Internet proving this is false. If I were him I’d be more ashamed of the criminal past than the porn.
so in order to make an informed decision, I found the video on-line. From the article I expected to be some really hardcore brother on brother action that would have totally messed him up. There’s one scene that involves some oral (but he is on the receiving end) That’s the only contact between them. Then he has the brother leave the room so that he can play with the other “actor”. He doesn’t look like someone who is not enjoying himself. Plus if he was that freaked out, then he should have walked away. I find this kind of interview as someone who is trying to undo what he did and paint himself as the victim. I really don’t see it on video or even in this interview
That’s just gross. Ideally seeing two hot twins go at it might be sexy, but in reality it’s sick to stoop to that level.
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