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THE DIRTY SECRET BEHIND DIRTY MOVIES

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  1. "THE DIRTY SECRET BEHIND DIRTY MOVIES" by James King and Jesse Lenz (Maxim magazine - April 2014)
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  3. -- ALMOST EVERYTHING ABOUT "CASTING COUCH" PORN IS BOGUS, BUT THOSE INNOCENT COEDS WHO THINK THEY'RE IN ON THE JOKE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT'S REALLY COMING NEXT --
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  5. -- THE SLEAZIEST CASTING COUCH IN AMERICA --
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  7. The drive from Arizona State University's Tempe campus to the nondescript office in an industrial park behind the Scottsdale Municipal Airport is relatively short, 30 minutes or so. But for an 18-year-old ASU freshman from a small town in Texas, it seemed to take forever-and would prove to be the most fateful trip of her life.
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  9. It was a warm September night in 2010 when the young woman, whom we'll call Stacey, walked out of her dormitory in the heart of Tempe, hopped into the passenger seat of a car driven by a middle-aged man named Eric Whittaker, and took the short drive north. If the two talked, Stacey doesn't remember the conversation, only that it was "uncomfortable."
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  11. Stacey's sense of discomfort was not misplaced. The stocky, otherwise forgettable Whittaker happened to be an amateur pornographer, one who operates at least two Scottsdale-based Web sites that make sport out of preying upon, and in many cases humiliating, female members of ASU's young, often naive, and overwhelmingly attractive student body. And Stacey, a thin, leggy blonde, was on her way to his single-desk office to be his "model" for the night.
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  13. For one of Whittaker's sites, Backroom Casting Couch, the gimmick is simple: He pretends to be a talent agent who can help young models interested in porn make thousands of dollars a day by introducing them to casting directors. The catch is they have to have sex with him on film-for free-so he has something to show these alleged directors.
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  15. In his introduction to each video, the unseen Whittaker explains, "Backroom Casting Couch is a Web site about the real-life interactions that occur during adult modeling interviews," before describing in explicit detail what these models will be doing.
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  17. But then he lets viewers in on a little secret: "I'm not a talent agent...and there is no modeling job."
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  19. In Stacey's clip the scene starts with home-video-quality footage of Whittaker sitting alone in an office talking into a camera. He then goes into the hallway, walks outside, and finds Stacey waiting. He pretends to introduce himself-as if they hadn't just spent 30 minutes together in a car-and invites her inside.
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  21. The two briefly make small talk before he asks to see some ID. Stacey happily displays both her driver's license and her ASU student ID card-a move that later would prove to be a life-altering mistake.
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  25. The Valley of the Sun has become a  magnet for this type of low-budget amateur porn. In addition to BRCC, there's Amateur Allure, the Lightspeed Media network, Aziani.com, Taryn It Up Entertainment, and countless others. There are gay sites, softcore sites, and big-time production studios all based in the Valley. Porn legend Jenna Jameson even founded her Club Jenna empire in  the Phoenix Valley. Why do they come to the desert to set up shop? Well, one reason is girls like Stacey: cute young coeds struggling to make tuition at one of the biggest party schools in the country. That's where guys like Whittaker (who didn't respond to multiple calls seeking comments) come in.
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  27. Several young women featured on Whittaker's sites have been identified as ASU students, including some, like Stacey, so brazen as to display their student IDs. Whittaker's other Web site, Exploited College Girls, is slightly less gimmicky. There's no pretense of ignorance on the part of the women featured on the site; they're simply there for sex. But it plays off the same general theme: giving the appearance of exploiting young women. It's right there in the name.
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  29. Exploited College Girls doesn't exclusively feature girls from ASU, or even from Arizona. Many come from Florida, Texas, California, and other states, but they're often flown into Scottsdale to shoot their scenes. In each case the producer identifies the college-or in some cases the high school-that the young woman attends and then briefly explains why she decided to appear in a low-budget porn flick. The typical answer: money.
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  31. But while many of the girls featured on ECG claim to come from schools like UCLA or USC, the majority identify themselves as ASU Sun Devils.
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  33. On the ECG site the producer describes Arizona State as a "bottomless well of exploitable college girls" that includes such Sun Devils as "Skyler," "Mindy," "Savannah," and "Ashley."
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  35. Eric Whittaker isn't the first pornographer to find a wealth of "talent" at ASU; the university and the Phoenix Valley have a long history with dirty movies, which has led to speculation that Arizona could become the next mecca of the adult industry. That has proved to be a thorn in the heel of local politicians as well as university administrators, who are desperately trying to rebrand ASU as the "New American University," an institution that's better known for its sustainability research and top-notch business school than for keg parties and porn stars.
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  37. In 2002 the university selected Michael Crow as its new president and tasked him with leading the charge. Shortly after his appointment, Crow was hit with his first of many porn scandals.
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  39. The previous September an amateur porn outfit called Shane's World decided to shoot a film at ASU in which female porn stars walked into frat houses and performed a variety of sex acts with the residents. They dubbed it a "sexual scavenger hunt."
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  41. Enter Brian Buck, a hard-partying fraternity brother at one of the university's most unruly houses, Sigma Nu.
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  43. In one of the Shane's World scenes, porn star Calli Cox knocks on the door of the Sigma Nu house and explains what she and the Shane's World crew are up to. Cut to Cox and Buck filming a shower scene together as his frat buddies chant "Buck, Buck, Buck!" in the background.
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  45. Fast-forward six months and Buck is elected executive vice president of ASU's Associated Students. Before long the administration catches wind of the video and acts swiftly. After a full-scale investigation, Buck is evicted from Sigma Nu, banned from campus housing and employment, and placed on permanent probation. Today he runs an auto wholesale business in Oregon.
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  47. A few years later ASU had another scandal involving a university cheerleader who'd left the Sun Devil squad to pursue a career in porn, one that began with a scene with the Phoenix-based production company Amateur Allure.
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  49. When Courtney Cox (stage name: Courtney Simpson) left ASU, she took her cheerleader outfit with her-and wore it as she had sex in a film called Gina Lynn's_Double Dutch.
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  51. Once again the university leaped into action, reportedly seeking legal recourse against the production company for trademark and intellectual property infringement concerning the Arizona State cheerleading uniform. So it's not as if Arizona State has condoned this behavior - far from it.
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  53. But this brings us back to Stacey, the poster girl for the university's most recent triple-X headache.
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  57. Sitting in Whittaker's office, Stacey knew she was in over her head, even though she was fully cognizant of Whittaker's "casting couch" gimmick.
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  59. Anyone who buys into the notion that his "models" have no idea they've been brought to his office for sex might as well ask him for a tour of his unicorn ranch, too. The models know Whittaker isn't a talent agent before they ever take a seat on his infamous black leather couch. They know he's not sending their "demo" to directors. And they know they're getting paid, typically $2,000, to feign obliviousness to the fact that they're about to have sex with a middle-aged man in an empty office on the edge of the desert. In other words, it may be "amateur," but it's still all an act.
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  61. In Stacey's case, the hookup with Whittaker came by way of a convicted sex offender named Antonio Gonzalez.
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  63. Gonzalez was arrested in 2010 on charges related to child pornography, and he is now looking at a rather lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty in November to sexual exploitation of a minor. But before getting pinched, he ran a less-than-reputable agency called Gonzo Modeling, which gained a degree of notoriety for grooming girls for many of the Valley's shady amateur porn operations, including Whittaker's.
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  65. -- WHITTAKER PRETENDS TO BE A TALENT AGENT WHO CAN HELP YOUNG MODELS MAKE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A DAY BY INTRODUCING THEM TO CASTING DIRECTORS.  THE CATCH IS THEY HAVE TO HAVE SEX WITH HIM. --
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  67. -- SHORTLY AFTER SHE SIGNED THE CONTRACT, STACEY SAYS, WHITTAKER AND GONZALEZ EXPLAINED TO HER THE PART SHE FAILED TO NOTICE BEFORE SIGNING.  BUT, THEY SAID, THERE WAS A WAY OUT. --
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  69. New to Arizona, Stacey didn't know about Gonzalez's reputation and was happy to sign a contract with him on the recommendation of another photographer she'd contacted when she started looking for modeling work.
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  71. At first the business relationship between Stacey and "Gonzo" was everything she'd hoped for as an aspiring model. "We did beautiful and very tasteful photographs before anything about porn was ever mentioned," she says.
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  73. But the trap was set. According to Stacey, Gonzalez then met her at the ASU student union and brought his pal Whit· taker along with him. Stacey says the two presented her with a contract that provided her with steady work as long as she modeled exclusively for Gonzo.
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  75. In her 18-year-old mind, Stacey had made it: a modeling contract that would help pay the bills while she attended ASU on a $30,000 scholarship. She signed without blinking an eye.
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  77. But according to Stacey, there was some fine print she had neglected to read, specifically the part about having to have sex with a dumpy, middle-aged low-budget-porn producer on film.
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  79. Shortly after signing, Stacey says, Whittaker and Gonzalez explained the clause she'd failed to notice. But, they said, there was a way out.
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  81. "[They told me] I had to pay a $3,500 fee if! didn't do it. I wasn't smart enough to know it was a scam," she says. Without the $3,500, or the sense to con contact an attorney, Stacey gave in, and the next thing she knew she was sitting there in this crummy office with Whittaker.
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  83. After Stacey flashed her ASU ID, the pair engaged in a bit more small talk, and then, like many young women before her and many since, Stacey was naked on the couch with Whittaker standing over her explaining that he needed to see her perform sexually before he could show her "demo tape" to casting directors.
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  85. "They can't just hire a pretty face, "he explains when she pretends to resist, knowing full well what's in store.
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  87. Simultaneously, Stacey, who wanted out, was planning her escape.
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  89. "I was terrified," she recalls.
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  91. Reluctantly playing the role of a clueless wannabe porn star, Stacey asks if she'll be getting paid for the scene. Told "not today," she gives in, as scripted, and she and Whittaker get down to business.
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  93. While the drive to the industrial park had been uncomfortable, Stacey describes the ride back to her dorm as "a blur."
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  95. When Whittaker dropped her off, he handed her $2,000 "for her troubles." Stacey says she then went back to her dorm and cried. "I got sick after everything was done. I threw up for a good IS minutes," she says. She told no one about her night on Whittaker's couch.
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  99. The truth is that, despite ASU'S pornographic past, the university isn't a breeding ground for wannabe sex stars. It is, however, the largest university in the country, and pornographers have noticed that it's an easy hunting ground.
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  101. "There are a ton of beautiful women at ASU, most of them from small communities around the country who don't know the dangers of assholes like Whittaker," Stacey says. "Someone tells them they are pretty and should model, they believe them, and ta-da, these scam artists have them in the palms of their hands."
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  103. When alerted to the fact that there are dozens of women identifying themselves as ASU students on a raunchy amateur porn Web site, university spokeswoman Sharon Keeler seems to be in denial.
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  105. "There is no 'amateur porn industry' at ASU," Keeler says. "We are unaware of the situation you describe and are interested to know what information you have gathered and from whom that attests to the reality of an amateur porn industry in the area that is recruiting ASU students."
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  107. And it's true: The university doesn't have a porn industry; it just happens to be surrounded by one. ASU's own weekly student magazine ran an article in 2010 with the headline " Does ASU Have a Porn Problem?" It certainly doesn't help that the Exploited College Girls Web site features more than a few female ASU students or that the porn site Sun Devil · Angels celebrated a nonexistent connection to the university until a lawsuit forced it to shut down last year.
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  109. Mike South is a 20-year veteran of the amateur porn genre and runs two amateur Web sites, as well as a porn gossip blog that's broken some of the biggest news in the adult industry. "My interview process is like this: I'm looking for reasons not to shoot you," he tells Maxim. "If it's a nice girl from a nice family, I'll ask, 'Why the hell do you want to do something like this? ' I don't want a girl to do it for the wrong reason. I don't want to put myself in a position where she'll be coming back to me telling me to take it down."
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  111. Ethan Singer, who owns an adult video store near the ASU campus, says the porn industry in Phoenix is different than it is in other cities - it's sleazier.
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  113. "A lot of the girls I know who did porn in the Valley - it's not like L.A., it's not like they're happy about it," he says. "Most of the girls who are serious about it are gonna go to L.A. or Miami, but there's all these amateur Web sites in Phoenix."
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  115. In Singer's opinion, several contributing factors have made Arizona attractive to amateur porn producers, Phoenix's proximity to ASU being one of them.
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  117. "If I wanted to," he says, "I could put up a Craigslist ad right now, and within 30 minutes I would have an endless number of girls looking to do it."
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  121. Following her scene, Stacey returned to her dorm figuring the worst was over. In reality, though, the consequences of getting into bed with Whittaker, figuratively and literally, were just getting started.
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  123. She says Whittaker assured her that her video would appear only behind a pay wall on the Backroom Casting Couch site. What actually happened was that Whittaker blasted Stacey's video onto the Internet via free porn sites like PornHub and YouPorn.com, where anyone with a laptop could view it.
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  125. For Whittaker the only thing better than getting an 18-year-old ASU girl to have sex with him on film is getting an 18-year-old ASU girl to have sex with him on film and having the whole world know about it. Shortly after Stacey filmed her scene, a post appeared on gossip site TheDirty.com, which has broken some big-time stories (including that of shamed former congressman Anthony Weiner), about an 18-year-old who lost her $30,000 scholarship to ASU because she appeared in a porn film. But not only did she appear in the film; she also flashed her ASU student ID. The story had to be legit.
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  127. Within hours the media, including London's Daily Mail , Gawker, and countless news services, were reporting that a student had lost her scholarship because she did porn. And they all featured a picture of Stacey holding her ASU ID.
  128.  
  129. None of these sites bothered to check to see if the story was actually true, and it wasn't: Stacey never lost her scholarship; nor had ASU even heard about her video until it was reported in the media.
  130.  
  131. True or not, an ASU girl doing porn was nothing new, and therefore not a story. An ASU girl losing a scholarship for doing porn was.
  132.  
  133. A few other Backroom Casting Couch alums also appeared on TheDirty.com, and in several cases they too were pictured on Whittaker's couch holding their ASU IDs.
  134.  
  135. "I didn't know it was viral online until October 10," Stacey says of the story. "I remember the day very, very well. I had never even seen porn until hundred s of people sent me links of myself.
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  137. "I still hardly talk to anyone about it. I was very shy and embarrassed by the whole thing," she says. "I'm not the kind of woman to find myself the laughingstock of the porn world."
  138.  
  139. But it wasn't just the porn world. Shortly after she filmed the video, her friends, her family, the university, and the blogosphere found out about Stacey's trip to the casting couch. The negative attention and endless harassment ultimately led to her leaving school, but not before a nervous breakdown and a suicide attempt.
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  141. "I came about two seconds from jumping off the Mill Avenue Bridge before someone stopped me and carried me to the beach park and made sure I called someone to pick me up," Stacey says.
  142.  
  143. For the record, she has nothing but good things to say about the way the university responded to her situation. "ASU was really great. The Arizona Board of Regents refused to comment, and ASU's deans and presidents were very quick to talk to me to make sure I was OK," Stacey says. "I had the ASU Legal Department and Counseling and Consultation on my side throughout the process, and they almost immediately started sending legal notices of my intent to sue for misusing information."
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  145. As for what she'd say to other young Sun Devils tempted by the easy money that guys like Whittaker are offering: "Don't ever do it. It may sound easy, but it was awful, and I'm still paying for it today. There is always another option."
  146.  
  147. According to Richard Gaxiola, a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix, if Stacey's story about Whittaker threatening to sue her in order to fulfill their contract is true, then he has broken several Arizona laws.
  148.  
  149. "Procurement by false pretenses of a person for purposes of prostitution may even be stronger if her facts are true," Gaxiola says. "[If] a person knowingly, by false representations or other fraudulent means, procures any other person to have illicit carnal relation, they are guilty of a Class 6 felony."
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  151. One local elected official in Phoenix the county's top prosecutor, Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery - has vowed to fight the porn industry at every turn, accusing pornographers of engaging in prostitution.
  152.  
  153. Still, Gaxiola cites several "constitutional hurdles" that make it difficult to prosecute pornographers under state pandering or prostitution laws because there is no "customer" - the people being paid are actors who are not technically being paid for sex. Rather, they're knowingly being paid to appear in movies that just happen to have sex in them.
  154.  
  155. A lawyer could argue that Whittaker is technically a customer paying women to have sex with him, but given the language of the law, it would be a stretch.
  156.  
  157. In other words, with the state's lack of regulation of the porn industry - and with no shortage of attractive, young, naive women - shady porn producers like Whittaker will continue to flock to the Valley of the Sun.
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