Year in Review Continues; James Mitchell in Baseball Bat Murder; LA Judge Rejects Condom Petition

> Proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree where the porn industry is concerned, James “Rafe” Mitchell [pictured], the son of porn king, Jim Mitchell beat his girlfriend to death with a baseball bat while, get this, still holding their child. Back in 2007 Mitchell also threatened his brother and sisters with a gun and a 5 year restraining order was issued against him. And in 2008 Mitchell was arrested for domestic violence when his girlfriend, which he just used for batting practice, was four-months pregnant with their daughter. Mitchell was subsequently arraigned and ordered to stand trial in her death.

His father Jim Mitchell of the Behind the Green Door Mitchell Brothers, was convicted in 1991 of manslaughter and weapons charges in the shooting death of his brother and business partner, Artie Mitchell.

> The AIDS Healthcare Foundation filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging that county public health officials failed to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in the pornographic film industry.

The petition asked the court to order the county public health department to enforce regulations that require condom use in adult film production or take other “reasonable steps” to stem the spread of disease.

The legal action came one month after the disclosure that an adult film actress tested positive for HIV and county health officials released data that 18 HIV cases and more than 3,700 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have been reported since 2004 by the Adult Industry Medical Foundation, a San Fernando Valley-based clinic.

The AIDS group cited state health and safety codes that charge the county health department with taking “all measures reasonably necessary to prevent the transmission of infection.” According to the department’s own presentations and statistics, adult film performers are 10 times more likely to be infected with sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, many performers contract multiple infections in a year.

But a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge later in the year dismissed the petition, with Judge David noting that the county has broad discretion in how it oversees public health.

> And who could forget when Mason Moore went on her MySpace page and ghetto-ized her feelings about the adult industry with sterling quotes like, “I will punch u in ur fucking throat and kick ur teeth in if u piss me off.”

> Then we had Julie Meadows writing of Max Hardcore: Paul Little “always smiled that weird, soulless, snaggle-toothed smile” – I didn’t vomit. I wanted to, but I didn’t.

> The industry lost another stand-up guy Richard Montfort, aka, Sir Richard de Montfort, and the Dark cloud of Love names given to him by Skeeter Kerkove and Bridgette Kerkone. Montfort was a guy with a great sense of humor and a keen ability to coax terrific shots out of his models.

Montfort, according to reports, was found dead in his Burbank home.

Montfort, 53, had been a still photographer in the adult industry from the time he shot the boxcover for the 1999 video “Heat,” directed by Bobby Rinaldi for Tight Ends Productions.

“I gave him his first gig,” Rinaldi told XBIZ. “He’s been doing all my boxcovers, pretty much. He’s been working for me all this time.”

“We were over at Tight Ends, and I gave him his first box cover shoot for a movie called Heat,” said Rinaldi, who used to run the production at the company. “He was a salesman for me in the sales room, and told me he was a photographer, ‘Give me a shot. Give me a shot.’ So I finally did and he became one of the top still guys in the business, and a director. I like to feel like I started him off in the business.”

Rinaldi continued, “He must’ve done over 90 percent of my box covers [at Wildlife]. He still would do stills for me. He directed for Hustler but he was always available for me since we went back so far. I’m still in shock. He just finished something for me about a week ago.”

Rinaldi said he also developed a strong friendship with Montfort, who became one of adult’s most prolific still photographers working for numerous adult companies.

According to the Internet Adult Film Database, Montfort also directed some 50 titles including several editions of “Asian Fever” and Barely Legal” for Hustler Video, sometimes using the name Richard de Montfort. Montfort also directed dozens of movies for Hustler in the past five-plus years, and Montfort’s Strollin’ in the Colon for Hustler Video won the 2009 AVN award for Clever Title of the Year.

Montfort was born and raised in Los Angeles and made his home in Hollywood for several years until recently moving to his “dream house” in Burbank, Hustler’s Drew Rosenfeld said.

“He was a huge fan of comics and always attended comic book convention in San Diego. He started out his career as a comic book artist. He illustrated comics before he got into photography.”

In porn, Montfort specialized in directing some of Hustler’s harder fare. “He always did more of the extreme content for us, all of the anal stuff and the harder edge gonzo. He was a true pervert,” Rosenfeld said. “He was a huge consumer of porn long before he ever got into it. He was an honest and upstanding guy. Personally, I found the guy extremely intelligent, maybe a bit reclusive.”

> If you’ve never heard of Zorena Dombrowski you might know her better as Sandra Scream who was interviewed by the OC Register.

> A Chicago Tribune reporter followed Jesse Jane on a shoe shopping expedition. Jane was in town for a porn event. Although she owns hundreds of shoes, she felt she can’t visit Chicago without shopping on Michigan Ave.

Jane and her husband Rich Taylor have been married four and a half years and live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They met through mutual friends when Taylor was an adult film star. She says people often make comments about their height difference since she is 5-foot-3 and he is 6-foot-9.
During the course of the interview Jane mentions that fan once offered her $3,000 to urinate on him. She doesn’t mention whether she accepted or not.

> Flower Tucci’s ass has always been her trademark, and that’s partly what Tucci’s was suing about. In the year of industry court beefs, Tucci filed a trademark lawsuit in US District Court Central District of California against RK Netmedia, Inc of Florida. Also named in the suit were NET 227 Inc of Florida; Eddie Collins, an individual, Scorching Sands Inc., a Florida Corporation; LLL Advertising, Inc, a Florida corporation; Adam Nalepowski, an individual; Michael Puszkarz, an indivdual; T. Kgels, an individual; and NAMECHEAP, Inc., a Delaware Corporation.

Tucci was suing for infringement of trademark, trademark dilution, false designation of origin and unfair competition; contributory trademark infringement; cyber squatting in violation of 15 U.S.C. 1125; cyber squatting in violation of 15 U.S.C. 1129; cyber squatting in violation of California Business and Professions Code 17525; common law misappropriation of likeness and commercial misappropriation of likeness under California Civil Code 3344.

The lawsuit went on to cite claims of trademark infringement and unfair competition under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C., 1051 and claims under the common law and statutory law of the state of California.

Basically Tucci was saying that the individuals named in the suit were registering websites using her name and likeness without her approval and making bank.

Tucci was demanding a jury trial, but in the end she would drop her suit mainly because we believe she ran out of money to pursue it.

> If you’re looking for a good Stormy Daniels on the campaign trail quote, here’s a couple: “Given this, I am very interested to hear what she [Sarah Palin] has to say about the challenges women like ourselves who are not afraid to display our sexuality face when it comes to being taken seriously as leaders.”

Followed up by this gem of a quote: “I am looking forward to taking the opportunity to discuss with Governor Palin –as one strong woman to another — how we can best restore responsibility to our families and to our nation.”

In the probable scheme of things, the closest Stormy will ever come to meeting Sarah Palin would be if Hustler decided to shoot another Palin parody porno and she and Lisa Ann did a girl/girl scene together.

> Former adult actress Crissy Moran began appearing on, a video podcast produced by anti-porn ministry xxxchurch.

> The winner of the honorary Captain Stabbin Award, sponsored by Midol, was Rachel Ferrara. It appears Ms. Ferrara arrived home from work and found her boyfriend jacking off to a porn flick. An argument ensued and she allegedly called him a “fucking cheater.” At this point she allegedly tried to dropkick his nuts across the room.

In wanting to punctuate her dissatisfaction even more, she retrieved a knife from the kitchen in an attempt to carve him up like a Thanksgiving Day turkey. The boyfriend was able to escape and drive himself to the hospital where he was treated for minor stab wounds to the abdomen. Police arrested Ms. Ferrara on the charges of felony reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

> It was also reported that Laura “The Butt” Grillo besides having a nice ass has a bad heart.

Grillo, the former Playboy model who was given her nickname by the hosts of Philadelphia WMMR’s “Preston & Steve Show,” needs major heart surgery because an extra pathway in her heart causes irregular rhythms, putting her at risk for blood clots and strokes.

Unfortunately for Grillo, she’s in the same position as 45 million other Americans who lack health insurance. She has a condition that medicine can cure. She just can’t afford it.

Grillo, a single mother with a 7-year-old daughter, can’t afford to sit back on that famous booty of hers to see what Washington decides. She learned that she needed to undergo a cardiac ablation, in which the heart is shocked into an irregular rhythm and the damaged portion burned to help repair a structural abnormality. Meanwhile, she’s on medication that controls the symptoms – for now. Unfortunately, her condition, supraventri-cular tachycardia, tends to worsen over time.

The last couple of months have been particularly challenging for Grillo, who also has been featured in FHM, Esquire and Smooth magazines. On her own since age 15, she’s used to doing for herself – not asking total strangers for help.

“I feel so sick in my stomach. I’m the one who’s always leading anything. I’ve done appearances for a bunch of different charities,” she told me yesterday. “I’m uncomfortable that I have to accept help from other people.”

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