Manipulation of the naive, and the betrayal of their trust, is as much an issue in the “adult” industry as it is in sports and education. We can no longer afford to look the other way or assume that veterans have in mind the best interests of those they guide or represent.
Former USA Gymnastics team and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar, at the center of a sickening sexual abuse scandal involving an estimated 150 girls and women in his care, including top American gymnasts, was sentenced today to up to 175 years in prison.
“You did this for your pleasure and your control. . . . you have not yet owned what had you did, that you still think that somehow you are right, that you are a doctor, that you’re entitled, that you don’t have to listen, and that you did treatment,” Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar. “I wouldn’t send my dogs to you, sir.”
“Because the crime, all of the crimes, the depth of them have cut into the core of this community and many communities in all of the families and people we don’t even know,” Judge Aquilina said of her decision behind the hefty sentence.
She called handing down Larry Nassar’s sentence a “privilege.”
JUST IN: Larry Nassar sentenced. “I just signed your death warrant,” judge says. https://t.co/83K0P3iCA4
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) January 24, 2018
Interestingly, the first charges to which Larry Nassar pleaded guilty, in July 2017 in a Michigan federal court, were three counts related to child pornography.
Under that deal, Nassar agreed to plead guilty to three federal counts of receiving and possessing child pornography and destroying and concealing evidence when he believed (correctly) that the ongoing investigation by law enforcement agencies would reveal his child-pornography activities.
To demonstrate that manipulation of the naive, and the betrayal of their trust, is as much an issue in the “adult” industry as it is in sports and education, one need only look as far as the case of Trinity St. Clair.
Almost since the moment she entered the adult world, everywhere Trinity St. Clair went, trouble followed. Whether it was getting tossed out of the TeXXXas Show, having LAPD raid her house, or partying with Amber Rayne before the latter’s drug death, Trinity was always in the center of some kind of shitstorm.
The scandal to receive the most ink was when St. Clair was caught tricking porn stars into doing privates with Disney/Miramax executive Richard Nanula.
Trinity St. Clair manipulated performers such as Samantha Saint, lying to them that the job was a legit porn shoot.
Samantha Saint said of the Trinity St. Clair/Richard Nanula situation: “I am not a hooker. I don’t judge girls that do it, but I’m not one of them. I would have never put myself in the situation if I knew what it truly was.“
The adult business has a short memory, however. Trinity kept her head down and weathered the storm.
More recent revelations indicate that St. Clair, a fugitive from the law with an open warrant for her arrest, had a strong pimp hand indeed when it came to the young adult starlets she took “under her wing”. Performer Naomi Woods confirmed to this site that Trinity took control of all her social media and email accounts; basically, she held every password Woods (and then others) had, in order to isolate her and control the flow of information to and from the outside world. Moreover, Trinity moved the young women into her house in Woodland Hills and locked them inside.
The entertainment industry has always had, and will always have, sycophants, users, predators, and (often violent) manipulators. Just look at yesterday’s revelations about Eric John. It’s only through exposing these … humans … and taking action, that we can claim to deserve the tremendous trust placed in us as an industry by the naive and manipulable.
No one seeks to compare the gravity of the child sexual abuse perpetrated by Larry Nassar with what Trinity St. Clair has done, and is accused of doing, but the point that predators must be treated as such, weeded out, prosecuted, and ex-communicated, remains. In the wake of the #MeToo moment, where even a legendary figure such as Ron Jeremy can be reconsidered and cast aside, what justification remains for indulging lying manipulators such as Trinity St. Clair?
I never felt more satisfied or optimistic than when I rode the river in my youth.