Nikki Benz, Penthouse Magazine's April 'Pet'

Bob Johnson

LOS ANGELES — Adult star Nikki Benz is Penthouse Magazine's "Pet" for its April 2010 issue.

The star said this is her second appearance in Penthouse, the first being the May 2008 issue where she was the feature spread and cover girl.

"It's such an honor to have been made a Penthouse Pet. I've always dreamed of this," said Nikki. "I had an amazing time shooting the layout. I'm excited to be a part of the Penthouse brand and everything that it stands for!"

The issue hit newsstands March 16.

To celebrate, Nikki will make her first dance appearance as a Penthouse Pet at the Penthouse Club in Tampa, Fla. March 18-20. At the same time, Nikki will be feature dancing at the Platinum Plus club in Tampa.

Benz recently returned from Australia's Brisbane Sexpo and Adultex where she said she made headlines along with fellow porn star Monica Mayhem.

The controversy developed when word leaked out that six members of the Brisbane Broncos Rugby team planned to attend the show and hang out with Benz and Mayhem. The backlash was immediate. Faced with an image crisis, specifically with regard to women, the team quickly distanced itself from the event and the players changed their plans, according to Benz.

“Who knew that hanging out with me was so scandalous. We were just going to relax and hit a few night spots, I guess the team thought that it was a little more than the boys could handle,” she said.

Despite the riff, Benz said her Australian experience was incredible. “The fans were very excited to meet me and get an autograph. Everyone had a great time.”