LA Weekly: Porn’s European Syphilis Outbreak Bad Omen For L.A. Adult Industry Shutdown?; Companies Working Despite the Moratorium

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from – The porn industry says its production shutdown at the hands of a syphilis scare could last two weeks as all performers are treated, but one expert says it could last longer.

Attorney Michael Fattorosi says that, in light of a major syphilis outbreak in the European industry, the closure could happen for 90 days — the time it takes for syphilis tests to come up, well, positively negative.

He blogs:

If the United States’ outbreak is anything like the outbreak in Europe, the industry might have to close for another 60-90 days. Also, some performers that have refused the penicillin shot will certainly have to wait 90 days to resume work.

Porn star Rocco Siffredi [pictured] told XBIZ news over the weekend that European porn is undergoing a shutdown of unknown duration as a result of as many as 100 performers there turning up positive for syphilis.

In L.A., the worst estimates so far, those coming from the L.A. County health department, say about 9 people associated with the industry have tested positive for the disease.

And, to be sure, the industry will do its best to make this a two-week speed bump on its route to riches.

Fattorosi says even the current stoppage, which appeared to start Aug. 20, hasn’t stopped some in the industry from doing their thing:

Unfortunately, many performers within the Los Angeles industry continue to work despite the moratorium. I even heard that one male talent has said that the syphilis outbreak has been a “goldmine” for him since he was one of the few male performers still willing to work. I have also heard reports of agents continuing to book talent for scenes and even charging them “kill fees” for refusing to perform. Which obviously means there are at least a handful of companies that are still producing.

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