Remember when ‘innocent until proven guilty’ was more than just a platitude? Behold as companies such as Gamma and BangBros usher in an era of cowardly kangaroo courts.
Following the shortest, fastest investigation since 1942 Munich, BangBros has decided to part ways with producer/director Ivan Itzkowitz, who stood accused not in a court of law, but solely on social media, of off-set sexual improprieties with several adult models.
“As a follow up to our statement regarding the 3rd party producer, after investigating this matter, we have determined to cease purchasing content from this producer.” – @BangBrosdotcom
A formal press release is expected tomorrow.
Itzkowitz, who previously shot for Reality Kings, had been under non-exclusive contract to shoot for the Miami-based company.
Now, I like BangBros, and I know some good people who work there. But my job is to call ’em like I see ’em and not play favorites. The process matters as much as, and in fact more than, the outcome. That represents the foundation of our entire concept of justice.
MikeSouth.com has confirmed that Itzkowitz was never even contacted by BangBros’ “investigators”. Wow, that sounds like a fair, through investigation!
At least Gamma had the sense to hire outside counsel to run an actual investigation into the Stills By Alan debacle, and to seek his cooperation (which he provided) — only to chicken out and not release its findings regarding Lily Adams’ claims. SPOILER ALERT: Alan was exonerated. However for PR reasons, Gamma and Alan parted ways. Too much water had gone under that bridge, as they say.
Kangaroo court — an unofficial court in which the principles of law and justice are disregarded or perverted, usually held by a group of people in order to find someone guilty of a crime.
I had reached my verdict on the Feldenstein case before I ever came into the courtroom. I would have found him guilty, whatever the evidence. It was not a trial at all. It was a sacrificial ritual in which Feldenstein, the Jew, was the helpless victim.
— Magistrate Dr. Ernst Janning in “Judgement at Nuremberg” (1961)
Read the First Letter to All Judges (1942)
Compare the actions of Gamma and BangBros to those of the company that distributed liar Leigh Raven‘s Black Payback scene, during the filming of which she falsely and shamefully accused a black performer of rape and assault. A lot of people don’t care for Duke Skywaker’s product, or his in-your-face approach, but at least he had the balls to not bend to the mob and give up his director and performer as sacrificial lambs.
I’m not writing the to defend anyone, and BangBros has the right to work with, or not work with, anyone they want. I don’t know what happened in Florida, and we don’t know what happened in Florida, and BangBros doesn’t know what happened in Florida . . . but we do know what happens when the rule of law is cast aside in favor of other interests, be they political, social, financial or otherwise.
Everyone deserves their day in court. To deprive someone of their livelihood based solely on one-sided accusations made on social media is a very dangerous game. But these kangaroo courts will no doubt continue.
Imagine if it happened to you.