Harvey Weinstein, Miramax Culture and The Porn Connection

Harvey Weinstein, Miramax Culture and The Porn Connection

The entertainment world was rocked in October when more than a dozen women accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing, assaulting, or raping them.

Weinstein and his brother Bob founded Miramax in 1979. The brothers sold Miramax to Disney in 1993, but stayed on to run the company until they left to form The Weinstein Company in 2005.

Interestingly, Miramax was sold by Disney to Filmyard Holdings, a joint venture of Colony NorthStar, Tutor-Saliba Corporation, and Qatar Investment Authority, in 2010. Colony NorthStar as in private equity firm, Colony Capital, the company founded by billionaire Thomas Barrack Jr. that initially had been interested in bailing out The Weinstein Company after the accusations against Harvey Weinstein led to his dismissal last month.

Zeitgeist

They say that a fish rots from the head down. What effect might having Harvey Weinstein as a leader have wreaked upon Miramax and its related companies?

If Miramax and Colony Capital sound familiar to MikeSouth.com readers, it might also be because of a 2013 sex scandal that involved adult stars Trinity St. Clair, Samantha Saint and “Mr. Rich”, a.k.a. Richard Nanula, then-chairman of the Miramax film company and a principal at Colony Capital.

If you recall, St. Clair booked Saint for a June 12, 2012 content shoot for TrinityStClair.com to be filmed at a private residence in Malibu, California. Saint did the scene, and later discovered that the male talent was actually Nanula, then 53, after he carelessly paid her in cash placed in an envelope marked ‘Colony Capital’.

After shots from the video appeared on TheDirty.com, all hell broke loose and Nanula left his posts at Miramax and Colony Capital effective July 7, 2013. At that time, Barrack took Nanula’s seat at Miramax.

Nanula was reputed to have been a client of many Los Angeles area escorts, including some adult performers. The widely-reported scandal revealed a scam by Nanula, fronted by St. Clair, to allow him to purchase sex from adult performers who did not escort. Instead he booked them for what they thought was a scene opposite “Mr. Rich”.

Performer Sarah Shevon, who had also been tricked into taking such a booking, was outraged in her L.A. Times interview: ‘I don’t like how there are these guys who have a lot of money and power and they feel like they can just take advantage of girls or get whatever they want out of them by throwing money at them.” But that’s the Miramax way, it would seem.

Signs

Like Weinstein, Nanula had a very long history of sex addiction. According to filings in the divorce action involving his then-wife, Tracey, in 1999 Nanula attended a sex addiction therapy program in San Rafael, Calif.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tracey “said she had forced her husband to enter sex therapy after she found he had spent as much as $10,000 on a prostitute. She says he first learned the truth in 2001 from credit card bills and checks paid to escorts.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that in 2003, following “a six-day stint at a rehabilitation facility, Nanula told his wife that he was cured of his addiction…. But Tracey Nanula said in the declaration that she ‘could not escape the realization that [Nanula] had been having sex with prostitutes and other women for some 16 years and lying to me about our lives together.’”

The January before his sex scandal hit the news, Nanula was named in a sexual harassment suit filed against him personally and against Colony Capital. A woman named Stephanie Shaw, a former paralegal at the company, claimed Nanula groped her buttocks in an ‘unwelcome, extreme, and offensive’ in January 2012.

Harvey Weinstein, Miramax Culture and Chad White

The return of Mr. Rich

Nanula ran away from Trinity St Clair after the scandal broke, and has kept a low public profile since the events of 2013. But sources confirm that he is still booking adult performers at present. Young women who’ve come forward under condition of anonymity claim that a group of male performers have replaced St. Clair as Nanula’s ‘main guys’.

One performer recalls Nanula trying to hire her for a live sex show at his Malibu home in 2015, when she was new to the L.A. porn scene. He had procured her cell number from a male talent, who planned to be the one to do the sex show with her.

“He sent me several text messages a day trying to indulge in dirty talk, without paying or booking me. I eventually told him that I don’t give out free labor and blocked him. The few times we did exchange messages, he would insist that I give him other female performers’ phone numbers and he would compensate me with a ‘finders fee.’ I would never invade a fellow performer’s privacy by sharing their information with a fan but, unfortunately, not every performer shares that moral. I later found out the male talent that offered my number to Richard had never met him but still felt comfortable telling me that Richard was a good client that could be trusted.”

The “live sex show” was likely a bait and switch play because, according to the female performer, Nanula has, “still to this day, never hired that male talent for a live show, as he had promised.”

As far as I’m concerned, if someone wants to relieve a rich dude of some of his cash in exchange for a couple hours of her time, that’s all fine. They’re consenting adults. However, some starlets allege that at least one of the performers pressures them incessantly to meet Richard in Malibu. They claim he indicates that it would be in the best interest of their careers if they did so, because he is on excellent terms with many adult producers. The flip side of this inducement is an implicit threat, they say: that they will lose work if they say no. Some women claim to have been badgered and bullied. If true, that is coercion and definitely not okay.

Everybody knew

These allegations, like those against Harvey Weinstein, have been whispered about in porn circles for some time. The question now becomes, will someone stand up for the women who charge that they have been pressured and coerced, or will members of the adult business simply stay silent as Hollywood did?

3 Replies to “Harvey Weinstein, Miramax Culture and The Porn Connection”

  1. NewAdultMovieReleases

    Well, that’s pretty ballsy of you Kelli. Are you not the PR person for XXX XXXXX’s agent? I would fire you immediately.

  2. Kelli

    #1 I didn’t write this story so what does it have to do with me? I can’t control what the other authors post.

    #2 I think that if the reported rumors are true and I had found out about this myself, I damn sure would have written this story (or way worse). I’m not okay with anyone – ANYONE – pressuring girls into having sex – making idle threats about their future in porn if they don’t cave and have sex with someone.

    It never ceases to amaze me just how many people think I am the only author at this website. In fact, I’ve even been accused of some articles that were written as far back as 2012. LOL I only became an author in I think mid to late February. I’m one of a handful of authors on this website. Even Mike South himself in an author here, although he doesn’t post much.

    I don’t get where people think I would even have the time to play the role of every single author here, making every single post on this website under multiple fake names, plus run my own 40+ porn star websites including my own industry blog naughtynews.network, plus PR services for more than a handful of porn stars and let’s not forget my SEO and social media clients. I mean damn there are only 24 hours in the day people. I admit I work hard but I’m not a robot I have to sleep sometime. LOL

  3. No Name

    I don’t want to use my real name because I don’t want to get involved in any of the drama going on with this story.I just wanted to say that this has happened to me. A male talent contacted me on twitter. He was very nice about it, at first. But when I said no thanks he got progressively more aggressive with me and eventually reduced to making veiled threats implying it would be a bad career move to turn down powerful people who were just trying to do me a favor. I wrote it off as just a bad experience, blocked him and asked my agent to put him on my no list. My agent didn’t ask why and I didn’t offer any reason. I didn’t realize at the time it was happening to others as well. Maybe I should have spoke up but I didn’t want to go through what some of the girls did that came out about james deen. They were harrassed and treated so badly when they came forward.

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