SAN FRANCISCO — Peter Acworth, founder and CEO of Kink.com, responded today to charges leveled by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in a formal complaint with Nevada OSHA officials.
In the complaint made last week, the AHF said that a June 8 shoot for the studio’s HogTied.com film, “Hogtied Whores,” broke labor rules involving worker exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
"In the past week alone, AHF has been accused of over-billing Los Angeles County $3.5 million, faced protests in the LGBT community, had their lawsuit against the City of San Francisco laughed at and called 'baseless,' and had their porn campaign rebuked by leading AIDS and HIV prevention organizations,” Acworth told XBIZ.
“Meanwhile, they're fighting an ongoing battle against their own workers attempt to unionize. So I can see why they'd want a distraction," he said.
“The complaint is baseless. It wasn't filed by anyone at the actual workplace, but by Michael Weinstein to bolster his current political campaign. Current federal regulations make no mention of condoms, and uses standards that were developed in the 1990s for hospital labs, not porn sets. We will continue to work with performers, doctors and regulators to develop protocols that keep set safe, and still respect performers' rights."