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Skeeter Kerkove in $3M Defamation Suit Over AdultFYI Posting

Skeeter Kerkove in $3M Defamation Suit Over AdultFYI Posting
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Feb 27, 2009 11:30 AM PST    Text size: 
LOS ANGELES — Porn Valley agent Mark A. Spiegler has filed a $3 million defamation suit against director Skeeter Kerkove for saying that the agent requires female clients to give him oral sex as a pre-condition for finding them work.

The suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court claims Kerkove, whose real name is Arland Kerkove, made the statements about Spiegler to AdultFYI.com operator Gene Ross because he was jealous.

Kerkove also allegedly named four Spiegler clients "to bring legitimacy to his statements."

Performers Jayna Oso, Melissa Lauren, Katja Kassin and Katsuni were the female clients Kerkove identified to Ross and published Jan. 13 on AdultFYI, according to the suit.

Beverly Hills, Calif., attorney Richard Lloyd Sherman, who represents Spiegler, told XBIZ that the four performers never were asked for oral sex by Spiegler.

“I have signed declarations from all the girls mentioned in the article denying that they ever said what Kerkove said that they said,” Sherman said.

The suit said that “the false accusations that defendant chose to impute upon plaintiff are certain to elicit a negative reaction among colleagues and others in the adult entertainment industry.”

"[D]efendant made the comments after favorable press about plaintiff appeared in the Las Vegas Weekly and after plaintiff received a positive reception at a trade show," the suit said.

Spiegler is among the best-known talent agents in the adult business and has been called the “Patron of the Tarts.” Kerkove is a director with more than 80 credits to his name, who recently has worked with Sin City and is former husband to performer Bridgette Kerkove.

AdultFYI pulled the original article from the site, according to a Ross posting, but later continued on with a narrative on what was said.

“Skeeter claims that some of Spiegler’s girls had made some comments about alleged blowjobs and that he had it on a BTS tape,” the post read.

Spiegler reportedly told Ross, “You know Skeeter’s not a reliable source. The girls have texted me already. It’s patently a lie. But if you can prove it, knock yourself out. You know he’s a liar.”

XBIZ was unable to reach Kerkove by post time. Ross did not respond to request for comments by post time.

The suit seeks general damages of $3 million, as well as special and punitive damages.

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