AHF Plans to File Cal/OSHA Complaint Against Treasure Island Media
SAN FRANCISCO — The AIDS Healthcare Foundation plans to file a new complaint with Cal/OSHA officials zeroing in on Treasure Island Media Inc., a Bay Area gay production company that primarily shoots bareback films.
The complaint will be filed early next week with Cal/OSHA, AHF officials said in a statement Friday afternoon.
AHF’s complaint against Treasure Island will assert that the films demonstrate unsafe behavior in a workplace because performers allegedly didn't use condoms in the films.
Paul Morris, owner of Treasure Island Media, told XBIZ that the AHF is misguided over its stance on making porn productions condom-only, particularly some gay shoots.
"We are not just a company that is being attacked but instead a culture, a culture that believes that sex of [HIV-positive] men should be open, celebrated and embraced," Morris told XBIZ. "The efforts of the AHF are to hold onto the AIDS crisis and maintain fear and terror in order to maximize their monetization."
In the past two years, the AHF has been criticized over its depth of advocacy for putting the porn-condom initiative at the top of its agenda. Many in the porn biz, as well as the general public, see the group's initiative as a money grab for more donor funds.
Treasure Island officials to be named in the complaints include owner Charles Steven Key (aka Paul Morris) and general manager Michael Triolo (aka Matt Mason), the AHF said.
AHF plans to submit 11 Treasure Island DVDs filmed under various T.I. brands in which the performers aren't wearing condoms.
The films to be included in the complaint include "Liam Cole's Slammed" (2012), "Park & Ride: A Max Sohl Sex Tape" (2012), "Cheap Thrills Volume 3" (2011), "In the Flesh: A Liam Cole Video" (2011), "What I Can't See #3" (2011), "Breeding Season #2" (2010), "Raw Underground: Paris" (2010), "Full Tilt: Liam Cole" (2010) and three other titles.
The AHF, the main proponent of Los Angeles County's Measure B, noted that it filed similar worker safety complaints with Cal/OSHA beginning in August 2009 against 16 California-based adult film companies, and in the years since, filed additional complaints specifically targeting Vivid Entertainment as well as Hustler Video.