Trouble Follows Kink.com's Move to Vegas
File photo by Keith Plocek/L.A. Weekly
Kink.com is known for it's raunchy, hardcore porn.
Last year the Bay Area studio caught the eye of the L.A.-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which complained that one of its shoots could have exposed performers to HIV. The result was a record, $78,710 fine by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), says the foundation.
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Owner Peter Acworth has been rebellious nonetheless, flouting his company's filth as a marketing plus and speaking out against efforts to mandate condom use for adult video in California. He even recently opened facilities in Las Vegas as a hedge against the pending prophylactic legislation here:
Well, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has followed Kink.com and its affiliated companies right into Vegas and filed a complaint with Nevada’s Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
The organization says federal law prohibits exposing employees to blood-borne pathogens (like those that can be carried by sperm) at the workplace, and that crossing state lines doesn't change that.
Cal/OSHA authorities have previously taken the stance that condoms are required in porn regardless of whether or not there's a special state law saying so: They've told us that they believe the same thing AHF does—that U.S. law protects workers from exposure to bugs in blood, mucus and sperm, and that condoms are thus require in porn on a federal level.
Acworth via his Twitter page
AHF says a June 8 Kink.com shoot in Vegas "may have encouraged, employees to engage in activities in Las Vegas that are highly likely to spread bloodborne pathogens and OPIM [other potentially infectious materials] in the workplace."
The complaint was filed July 25, AHF says. It's not clear what the response of Kink.com or Nevada officials has been.
AHF president Michael Weinstein says:
Under the guise of his various Kink and Kink.com, adult film businesses and brands, owner Peter Acworth, thinks he and his companies can simply ignore the Federal OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard with regard to required condom use in his adult film productions shot in Nevada. This new complaint in Nevada is based on the simple fact that they cannot hide from federal law there, or anywhere in the U.S.
[Update at 1:18 p.m.]: Acworth sent us a response:
The complaint is baseless. It wasn't filed by anyone at the actual workplace, but by Michael Weinstein to bolster his current political campaign. Current federal regulations make no mention of condoms, and uses standards that were developed in the 1990s for hospital labs, not porn sets. We will continue to work with performers, doctors and regulators to develop protocols that keep set safe, and still respect performers' rights.