A new article published by the Advocate has reported that fashion photographer Rick Day has been accused of sexually assaulting to models. The exclusive interviews models Barrett Pall and Kai Braden have both claimed they were sexually assaulted by Day, whose work can be found in GQ, Elle and Vogue Italia. At the time of the assault, both men were teenagers.
Pall reported that Day reached out to him in 2007 through the online platform Model Mayhem and stated that Day was interested in shooting him for a coffee-table book. In the message, which The Advocate obtained a screenshot of, Day assured Pall he was “not looking for a hookup … but I find you very cute and would love to shoot a hot sexy shot of you.”
The Advocate reports:
Day got on his knees, pulled out Pall’s semi-erect penis from his underwear and began masturbating him. Pall says he was stunned and frozen but felt pressure to pretend he “was OK with it” in order to get through and obtain the photos. Pall tells The Advocate he was a virgin and this act was the first time he’d done anything sexual with a man — an experience he says was “robbed” from him. Day allegedly told Day to ejaculate on his face, and when he was finished, he offered Pall a shower to clean off. The shoot, which Pall says seemed to go on forever, was finally over.
Branden account is very similar and claims his assault occurred in 2006 when he was 18. Like Pall, he arrived at the shoot to learn it was just the two of them. There were no other assistants, make-up artists, or anyone else around. In the middle of a shoot, Pall alleges Day pinned him to a wall with his “hand around my neck” and his “mouth to ear” and whispered, “it was OK, that I should just relax.”
The Advocate reports:
“I remember he asked if I had ever had sex with a guy before, and I told him I had never had sex period,” the model says. Day, whose fingers were on Braden’s anus, “seemed to ease off when I told him that.” Braden claims he was pinned to the wall for at least two minutes until he eventually pushed the photographer off. “He seemed to have gotten the picture, and we wrapped up the shoot,” Braden says. “I tried to get out of there as quick as I can and keep my cool.”
Afterwards Braden told his agents what had happened. He says they replied by saying, “Yeah, we know,… Rick is like that with guy [models], but he takes great pictures.”
“A photographer should have never felt comfortable enough to come up to me in the first place and repeatedly put his hands on my body without my permission, let alone sexually violate me,” Braden says.
Day declined multiple times to comment on the story.
h/t: The Advocate
The legal battle between an adult film company and a luxury property owner has now taken a turn. The owner of the beach-side rental property in Aquinnah, Massachusetts Leah Bassett filed a lawsuit in March against Monica Jensen of Mile High Media. The suit claims that the production company used her property to shoot several gay adult scenes without her permission.
The lawsuit alleges that the production team used “nearly every room of her home for their porn production purposes” including “her bedrooms, her living room and family room sofas, her stairway, atop her dining room table, her bathrooms, her basement, atop her laundry room appliances.” Also they “deliberately used her linens and bedspreads, including the decorative bedroom pillows hand-sewn/designed specifically by Ms. Bassett, for their condom-less ejaculatory porn scenes.”
But what is most usual Mile High Media has been accused of a “history of predatory practices,” in reference to scenes that depict plots of a pedophile nature, she referenced two films Schoolboy Fantasies 2 and His Son’s Best Friend Volume 1 as examples. These two films were made inside her house.
John Taylor, Bassett’s lawyer explained to the Vineyard Times in March that the company relocated from California to Massachusetts to take advantage of the interest in the charges against priests in the Catholic church and the rape and murder of Jeffrey Curley in 1997, Taylor also stated that this action added to the “emotionally disturbing and objectionable nature of some of the predatory-themed ‘fantasy’ porn films.” However, this might be a stretch.
Therefore, Jensen has filed a counter-suit, within the suit she claims defamation and that the remarks made by John Taylor about the films being pedophilic in nature which led to an “international news smear campaign” against both herself and her company. “There exists absolutely no basis or justification for associating Mile High or Jensen with the instances of sexual abuses in the Catholic Church or the attempted sexual assault and murder of 10-year Jeffrey Curley,” Jansen’s suit reads. The suit continues: “Rather, these defamatory remarks which have absolutely no relevance to the claims in this action, are evidence of Attorney Taylor and Plaintiff’s clear intent to inflame and prejudice the public against the defendants.”
Jensen is asking the court to issue an injunction claiming “it is very likely that more false statements will be made by both the Plaintiff and Attorney Taylor in the upcoming months of litigation.”
Bassett on the other hand still claims she is an emotional wreck and states she has suffered severe emotional distress. She has had to seek professional help to deal with the “emotional and psychological traumatizing effects.”
24-year old Michael Troina a former firefighter from Queens has claimed that was told to “have sex with a stripper” to prove he isn’t gay, he has since filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the FDNY.
Torina was a member of Ladder Co 1/Engine Co 7 and was subjected to “hazing rituals” which included homophobic and racist abuse, to stomping on his bunker gear, putting peanut butter on his car and taking his face and superimposing it on a crying baby.
Nine firefighters, three lieutenants, two chiefs, Daniel Nigro (Fire Commissioner) and the city of New York as defendants. In the lawsuit, Troina stated that he “was singled out time and time again on account of his race and national origin as a Hispanic American male as well as perceived homosexuality” Furthermore, was “threatened with physical violence if he dared to report any incident of battery, harassment or discrimination to the FDNY’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office.”
The worst and most disturbing is the claim that Troina colleagues “tried to coerce” him to “have sex with a stripper” just to prove he wasn’t a homosexual. Troina refused and was called a “faggot”, a “closet homo” and a “closet homo”, as alleged in the suit. He also recalls an account when he was excluded from a firehouse volleyball outing, and was told his colleagues described him with homophobic insults.
Another time he saw another firefighter doing an impression of him, when he reported this incident to his supervisor, he was told it was done “in good fun and to not take it too hard.”
In the suit is claiming that Troina suffered “mental and emotional stress” and endured “constant discrimination and ridicule, the lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.