LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Anti-AIDS campaigners have filed a workplace-safety complaint against porn king Larry Flynt after watching 100 of his movies and noting that performers wear condoms in only one scene.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) said the films, with such titles as “Bush Administration” and “Real College Girls: Latin Edition,” demonstrate unsafe “potentially life-threatening” behavior.
It submitted a complaint with California’s workplace health and safety watchdog, the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
“We see it as our duty to pursue action on the issue of safety in the workplace — in these instances, unprotected sex acts taking place in albeit non-traditional workplaces,” AHF president Michael Weinstein said in a statement.
The group wants officials to enforce the use of condoms in all adult films produced in California, the home of the multibillion-dollar porn movie industry. A year ago, it filed similar complaints against 16 adult-film companies, including Flynt’s Hustler Video. Weinstein said so far investigations had started into three of the companies.
The only film to show condom use was “The Erotic Adventures of Nikki Nine,” starring Brittany Andrews and a male partner, the AHF said.
Despite the apparent contravention of safe-sex methods, data show AIDS infections in the industry are relatively light.
Los Angeles County health officials said in July 2009 that a porn actress who tested positive for HIV earlier that month was the only case detected in a working performer since 2004, when an outbreak among five actors shut down production for a month.
Contraction rates for other sexually transmitted diseases are considerably higher than in the general population, though.
The porn industry says its performers are tested regularly, and the AHF’s frequent attempts in the past to enforce condom usage have been blocked in the courts and by health officials.
No one was immediately available to comment from Larry Flynt Productions. Flynt, the founder and publisher of Hustler Magazine, created his privately-held company in 1976. The company started to produce adult films in 1998.
A free-speech advocate who was crippled in 1978 by a sniper, Flynt was played by actor Woody Harrelson in the 1996 movie “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”
Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Dean Goodman