AHF: Porn Industry Admits It Breaks the Law on Condoms, Film & Health Permits and Will Not Leave L.A.

Advocates file over 557,000 signatures on California ballot measure
requiring condom use in adult films.

Move prompts Mark Kernes, Board Secretary for the Free Speech
Coalition, the porn producers’ trade group, to admit in print article
and likely KPCC public radio interview that the porn industry is
breaking the law on condoms, film & public health permits; also states
the industry is unlikely to leave L.A. County.

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After safer sex advocates filed over 557,000 signatures last week on a
California ballot measure requiring condom use in adult films shot
anywhere in the state, Mark
Kernes
, the Board Secretary for the Free Speech Coalition (FSC), the
porn producers’ trade group, as well as an Industry Legal Writer and
Analyst, admitted in a print article on AVN.com
(Adult Video News) website (where he is ‘Senior Editor’) and (in all
certainty as ‘Mark, from Chatsworth’) during a public radio call
in show on ‘AirTalk
with Larry Mantle’
on 89.3 KPCC-FM, that the industry is breaking
the law by not using condoms on adult film sets and by not taking out
required film and public health permits. Kernes also stated the porn
industry is unlikely to leave Los Angeles County because “…they like
the atmosphere in Southern California, you can shoot outdoors for longer
periods during the year.”

In a September 15th web news article on AVN.com headlined, “AHF
and FSC Reps Square Off on KPCC’s ‘AirTalk’
, Kernes wrote about the
industry’s willful disregard for film and public health permits:

“…they’re {producers) … lying on their health permit application or
simply not getting a filming permit. Most have chosen the latter course,
possibly because lying on an official government document can be worth
up to a couple of years in prison.”

Then on the well-regarded public radio talk show ‘AirTalk
with Larry Mantle
’, also on September 15th, host Mantle
introduced a “Mark from Chatsworth, you’re on AirTalk” without
identifying him as Kernes OR as Board Secretary of the Free
Speech Coalition. It is unknown if Kernes shared that information with
the radio producers ahead of time; however, ‘Mark’ began his comments
with the statement, “I’m a journalist in the porn industry and have
been covering it for the last twenty years.”

Then, in response to Mantle’s questions about the industry’s threats to
leave Los Angeles over the condom laws, ‘Mark’ responded (in comments
that run from approximately 7:48 to 9:14 in the 18 min. segment):

“There definitely has been some flight to Vegas, but the industry, in
general I think, does not want to move to there because frankly, they
like the atmosphere in Southern California, you can shoot outdoors for
longer periods during the year.

And, of course, we have a California State Supreme Court decision
that says shooting pornography is legal in California, and there are
only a couple of states that had decisions that said that. So, no, they
don’t want to leave L.A.

Some of them have been shooting outside of L.A. County, though, but
that’s kind of a far trek, because the studios are based in L.A. County,
so they don’t like to do that. Many of them are simply shooting as we
might call it ‘underground’ in the county.”

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