The state-run employee health and safety agency, Cal-OSHA, has levied $78,000 in fines against fetish porn company Kink.com, and Kink is now saying that the fines are excessive and “politically motivated.”
Kink was of course at the center of that unfortunate HIV situation last summer involving two of its performers both of whom seem to have likely been infected off-set, on their personal time. And longtime foe of all things bareback, the L.A.-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, hosted a press conference starring a teary Cameron Bay and boyfriend Rod Daily after their infections were made public.
In a press release today, Kink says that it’s the AHF, or rather “outside groups with a long history of opposition to adult film,” who are responsible for the complaints about workplace safety at Kink that led to citations from Cal-OSHA and all these fines. The largest of the fines relate to the company’s policy of allowing performers to choose whether or not they want condoms used in a scene.
Kink CEO Peter Acworth notes that “The complaints which prompted the inspection [by Cal-OSHA] were not made by actual employees,” and he says, “We’ll be appealing the citations.”
I wonder how Cal-OSHA handles, uh, water sports?
Also, Diane Duke of industry trade group the Free Speech Coalition, goes on the record saying, “The inspections have less to do with risks to performers, and more to do with stoking public fear about adult film. For reasons that have more to do with morality than science, opponents of adult film have created a climate of harassment that is driving a legal business out of California.”
As that Men.com director, Ryan R., said in that recent documentary footage we pointed to, the condom law that the AHF got passed in L.A. has only driven straight porn companies out of L.A. County to shoot in San Bernardino, or wherever. And even with condoms on shoots, all porn companies now adhere to rigorous testing of performers every 14 days a policy that’s been in place since the Bay/Daily situation and subsequent porn moratorium in September.