The lucrative Los Angeles porn film industry was reeling on Friday by news that two production companies had been slapped with the first fines for allowing actors to perform without condoms.
California’s state health and safety board fined Evasive Angles and TTB Productions $30,560 each for making porn movies which it said exposed three actors to HIV infections.
It was the first time that the California Division of Occupational Health and Safety (Cal/OSHA) had taken regulatory action against the multibillion dollar adult film industry in Los Angeles, which employs some 6,000 people in 200 production companies turning out dozens of films and videos a week.
“This is a huge departure. This is really like dropping a bomb,” said Sharon Mitchell, director of the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM) which runs a voluntary HIV-screening program for the industry.
“I think the industry will contest this. These companies will be a test case,” Mitchell said.
Evasive Angles and TTB Productions could not be reached for comment.
The fines followed an HIV outbreak last April involving five actors who tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS. The nervous industry shut down voluntarily for a month while about 50 actors who had worked with those infected awaited test HIV test results.