Website owners Michael James Pratt, 36, and Matthew Isaac Wolfe, 37, and porn actor Ruben Andre Garcia, 31, were sued by 22 women who claimed they were deceived and coerced into making explicit sex films without knowing the images would be posted on the internet. San Diego Superior Court Judge Kevin Enright, who presided over a four-month-long bench trial, decided in favor of all 22 plaintiffs and against 13 defendants. Enright found that the individuals and various affiliated businesses had operated as a single business entity and therefore all were liable. The judge also ordered the GirlsDoPorn website owners to prominently post in recruitment ads that videos would go on the internet. Women who sign up to make the videos must get copies of the legal agreement ahead of time and give permission before their names or personal information are used. In trial, defense attorneys argued that the women were over 18, understood what they were doing, accepted payment and in some cases returned to San Diego again and again to make more videos. Some of the women testified that although they agreed to perform sex on camera to earn money, including paying for college, the subsequent publicity ruined their lives and careers. At least one woman considered suicide. When attorneys finished with closing arguments, the judge took the matter under submission on Dec.
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Other accusers included a girl who met Kelly at her 16th birthday party and a hairdresser who expected to braid the singer's hair only to find that he wanted oral sex instead, court documents said. The accounts emerged Saturday as Kelly made his first court appearance since being accused of sexually abusing four people in a case that could produce another MeToo reckoning for a celebrity. The prosecution released four detailed documents — one for each accuser — outlining the basis for the charges. The year-old girl who attended Kelly's trial got his autograph after a court session. He later invited her to his home in the Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields, where they had sex multiple times, according to the documents, which said he also slapped, choked and spit on her. In , another girl reported meeting Kelly at a restaurant where she was having a 16th birthday party. Kelly's manager gave her the singer's business card and suggested she call Kelly. The girl's mother heard the exchange, took the card and told the manager her daughter was But her daughter later retrieved the card from her purse.
A woman testified in court on Wednesday to an elaborate scheme hatched by three men who operate a San Diego-based pornography website to get her and 21 other women into appearing in a sex video. The woman, known only as Jane Doe 15, is the first plaintiff to testify in the civil trial against popular adult website, Girls Do Porn, its owner Michael Pratt, videographer Matthew Wolfe, and actor and director Ruben Andre Garcia. Jane Doe 15 said she was years-old and attending college in when she found an ad on Craigslist for a modeling gig. The ad directed her to a website owned by Pratt. She said she filled out the online form and attached pictures of herself. The woman said she did not respond to the email. Court exhibits shown at the trial show the man then known as Johnathon followed up with another email. That was when Jane Doe 15 said the scheme began to unfold. I asked if I could do other modeling and he said no.
Raniere — who is charged with seven criminal counts, including racketeering, forced labor conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and sex trafficking — faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. So many people showed up for the first day that many visitors and reporters were relegated to another courtroom to watch the proceedings on multiple screens. After being given instructions by Judge Nicolas G. Garaufis, a straight-spoken man with a slight New York accent and a shock of white hair, the jury listened to opening statements from both the defense and the prosecution. The former depicted Raniere largely as the media has since he was arrested last year: as a charlatan and a scam artist who compared himself to Albert Einstein and Mahatma Gandhi and boasted of his superior IQ while quietly grooming many of his female followers to fulfill his sexual desires, under the guise of spiritual empowerment. He targeted people looking to improve their lives…once he gained their trust, he exploited it.