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Gram Ponante On Confronting Porn Rumors

He blogs on GramPonante.com (my earlier interview with Gram):

In the wake of an incident on a movie set two months ago in which I was assaulted by a performer who said, erroneously, that I’d called him a “fag”, the blogger Luke Ford posted a libelous and ill-conceived story on his site, attributing the homophobic words of Ann Coulter (referring to John Edwards), to me.

Ford then wrote that, because of this, I was dumped from several of my writing gigs. He falsely attributed his story to the Associated Press.

I was called by several people, including an LAPD detective, who had read Ford’s story, which was at that time not labeled as “satire”.

“You told me you hadn’t called (the performer/defendant) a fag,” the detective said, fuming (it would have meant I’d lied on a police statement).

“No,” I said, for the fifth time that day. “It was mostly a fabrication. The story would have been a complete fabrication had he not used actual quotes, but they were someone else’s quotes attributed to me.”

“Does he do this sort of thing a lot?” I was asked. “It wasn’t even funny.”

“Yes,” I shrugged.

“Why do people still read him?”

“The adult industry has very low self esteem.”
….”Crazy story,” AVN president Paul Fishbein said when I mentioned it to him. I also asked him why AVN didn’t seem to have any interest in covering physical assaults on porn sets or juicy libel cases. “Ultimately, you know Luke’s real colors. Always an agenda and usually not nice.”

I’ll continue to send Luke Christmas cards.

 

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