James Deen's Porn Company Hit With 9 Citations And $77K In Fines
Porn star James Deen's production company was hit today with over $77,000 in fines, partly because they did not use condoms while shooting porn.State regulators hit Third Rock Enterprises, Inc.—also known as James Deen Productions, a porn production studio owned by adult film star James Deen (real name: Bryan Sevilla)—with nine citations today, totaling $77,875 in fines according to City News Service. The company is accused of shooting scenes where performers were not wearing condoms, which is required via the state's bloodborne pathogens standard, according to a release.
"Cal/OSHA requires condom use in adult films to protect workers from exposure to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections," Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum said via the release. "Third Rock Enterprises failed to protect employees from illness and injury while on set."
The company is also accused of not providing vaccines or follow-up exams to performers who may have been exposed to Hepatitis B. Four of the citations have been called "serious" by Cal/OSHA, meaning the violation could potentially cause harm or death.
Cal/OSHA said that these accusations stem from an inspection conducted at a shoot in Woodland Hills on January 12. State regulators first began inspecting the company in December of last year, though had to get a warrant after Deen and his lawyers would not give them permission to investigate.
Measure B, which passed in L.A. County in 2012, requires condoms to be used in all porn films shot in the county. Many adult performers were deeply opposed to the measure, and Los Angeles porn permits dropped significantly after the law went into effect, with many productions moving elsewhere.
Opponents to the measure argued that the measure would only pushing porn production underground, which would make it less safe than it was before. They argued that the industry regulated itself, requiring all performs get tested every two weeks.
Last month, a measure that would have required condoms to be used in all porn shot in the state of California failed.
Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Federation has been one of the main driving forces behind the measures. He's also been opposed to Truvada, a HIV prevention drug that he previously called a 'party drug,' and oddly enough, new development in Hollywood.
Back in November, Deen was accused of sexual assault by his ex-girlfriend and fellow adult performer Stoya, which led to several other women also accusing him of assault.