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Cal/OSHA Launches Investigation of Larry Flynt Productions After AHF Condom Complaints, Says AHF

LOS ANGELES–AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has learned that Cal/OSHA (California’s Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health), the state’s workplace health and safety regulatory and watchdog organization, has opened a formal investigation of Larry Flynt Productions (LFP), the adult entertainment empire headed by porn impresario Larry Flynt.

The investigation was opened Tuesday, September 14th after OSHA officials visited Flynt’s corporate headquarters in Beverly Hills. The state agency opened its investigation following the filing of a formal ‘Notice of Safety or Health Hazards’ complaint with Cal/OSHA by AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s in August 2010.

AHF’s complaint asserted that Flynt’s films demonstrate unsafe—potentially life-threatening—behavior in a California workplace, as the sexual acts filmed without participating performers using condoms depict the unprotected exchange of bodily fluids.

AHF supported its Cal/OSHA complaint with the submission of 100 Flynt Productions adult DVDs filmed under various Flynt brands (Hustler Video, Hustler Hardline, Larry Flynt Presents) in which the performers do not wear condoms. AHF held a protest in front of Flynt’s headquarters in Beverly Hills the day its OSHA complaint was filed.

AHF had previously filed similar worker safety complaints with Cal/OSHA (in August 2009) against 16 California-based adult film companies, including Flynt’s Hustler Video. Prior to the opening of the Flynt investigation on Tuesday, Cal/OSHA had opened investigations into three of the 16 companies and the agency indicated it is still evaluating and considering additional possible investigations.

“Larry Flynt is quite outspoken in his strenuous opposition to condom use in his adult film productions. That is why we filed additional workplace health and safety complaints with Cal/OSHA in August: to press for the enforcement of state workplace regulatory guidelines which would require the use of condoms in his—and all—adult films produced in California,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

“As a global HIV and STD medical care provider, we saw 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—the porn sets located throughout the San Fernando Valley that are churning out billions of dollars of adult fare every day. We sincerely thank Cal/OSHA for opening this formal investigation of a California employer who shows so little regard for the health and safety of his workers.”

Flynt, the publisher of Hustler Magazine, created his privately held company Larry Flynt Publications (LFP) in 1976. LFP started to produce adult films in 1998, through its Hustler Video and related brand.

In support of its latest complaint to Cal/OSHA asserting that film sets where condoms are not used provide unsafe California work environments, AIDS Healthcare Foundation officials undertook a review and analysis of 100 adult films produced and/or distributed by Larry Flynt Productions.

AHF submitted the DVDs to Cal/OSHA in support of its workplace safety complaint regarding these California film sets.

Among the Larry Flynt LFP Video Group LLC titles included in the analysis and new Cal/OSHA complaint include the DVDs: Backwoods of Memphis; Bush Administration; Campus Confessions: Vol. #8; Coffee ‘n’ Cream; Educating Nikki; The Erotic Adventures of Nikki Nine; Eurobabes Gone Wild # 2; Flynt Vault #1; seven different “Hustler Hardcore Vault” films including DVDs featuring performers Lacie Hart, Mia Bangg, Tiffany Taylor, Carmella Bing and Tory Lane; Hollywood Porn-Parody 6 Pack; Hot Blondes; Jail Babes Classic; Real College Girls #17; Real College Girls #19; Real College Girls: Latin Edition; Asian Fever: Special Edition, Mya Luanna; Asian Fever: #29 and Chicas Calientes Special Edition.


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