LOS ANGELES — Derek Hay, owner of LA Direct Models, has released a statement responding to allegations made by adult film star Lisa Ann on an industry blog Tuesday.
Hay's statement follows:
"Though I sincerely do not wish to be drawn into a public back and forth by Lisa Ann, I feel compelled to state a few facts for the clarity of the record and the best interest of all performers and studios in the industry.
"It will be obvious to all that Ms. Ann make her best effort here not to 'get to the facts' but in fact to twist the tale in order that I personally or Direct Models can be found at fault.
"Clearly this is not the case and it is very sad that she finds the need to do this, especially surrounding an allegation— yet unproven— but nonetheless most serious in nature.
"I will avoid responding in kind, ignore the venomous nature of her attack and provide some clear facts.
"I did not inform Lisa Ann that Direct Models only permits its talent clients to test through [Talent Testing Service] or [Cutting Edge Testing] only. LabCorp is a large and trusted Lab that has run tests for many talent for many years and is familiar to many talent and studios, and to APHSS.
"Studios' individual testing policy varies but many studios and [Adult Performer Health and Safety Services] accept testing from a variety of labs and draw stations so long as the industries required tests are administered.
"APHSS provides a list of accredited labs on their website that talent may choose from.
"By way of example one of them they list is STD Status
Approximately 2,000 locations nationwide
Hours will vary by location
Lab(s) utilized: LabCorp Laboratories
Test turnaround time 1-4 business days, in most cases
STD Status is neither CET nor TTS
"Direct Models did learn that Alex Gonz had tested using a draw station and using Lab Corp as the analysis Lab that returned the results. Upon learning of this he was directed by Direct Models not to do this again and to use TTS or CET, as there was no good reason that we knew of, to do otherwise, when testing in Los Angeles. Also see below:
"Alex Gonz booked most of his own work and it has been stated already that Direct Models booked one (1) shoot in July and one (1) in August, for him. The second one in August was in fact commuted to a dialogue only scene not because the studio would not accept a LabCorp test but because the LabCorp test took four days for results to be returned and was not back in time for the shoot. Alex— despite numerous reminders from Direct Models chose to test only the day before the shoot and in informing us he had finaly tested, neglected to inform us that he done so using a draw station and LabCorp and not either CET or TTS. That he had done this was not revealed until the shoot day when he, Agency and Studio were looking for his test results in order that he could be cleared to shoot sex.
"Direct Models did not know then, nor knows now, whether the allegation that Alex Gonz is positive for Hep C have any merit or truth. The only way that could be known would be for us to be shown a positive test result, to be informed of such a result by a doctor or other health professional or for Alex Gonz to inform us of that himself. None of those things have occurred.
"For Lisa Ann to state that Direct Models did know this, or should have known this, is the height of irresponsibility and belies a gross misunderstanding or ignorance of HIPPA law. We could only know if one of the three (3) items listed above occurred. Such matters of serious health risk, require and demand a considered and calm analysis and should not be used in such a manner to conduct a personal vendetta.
"[Licensed Adult Talent Agency Trade Association] has asked Lisa to come forward with whatever evidence she possess or has been provided that lend credence to her claim, thus far I am unaware this has been provided.
"Lisa Ann has stated that she offered to buy Alex Gonz a new test at TTS or CET and that
had he done this— this would have revealed the truth of the matter. This is incorrect as
until Monday of this week (Aug 12th) neither TTS nor CET provided Hep tests as part of
the standard panel.
"The standard panel of test required by studios and APHSS currently includes – HIV by Aptima, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis by RPR and Trep Sure (not always both). On Monday of this week (Aug 12th) and as a result of communication between LATATA and TTS as a result of this allegation, TTS agreed to reinstate their complementary testing of Hep B and C through the remainder of August. This is tremendously helpful.
"The scene for which Lisa Ann was cast with Alex Gonz was not booked by Direct Models. That same studio has apparently shot Alex Gonz many times in the previous months and Lisa Ann states she knows that he shot two gang bang scenes and one orgy scene for that studio included among those scenes. None of those scenes were booked by Direct Models.
"Perhaps Lisa Ann might ask that same studio that employs her and Alex both— why they accept a LabCorp test, for their scenes? The answer is because it contain all of the industries required tests and fits within the industries or studios required time frame of acceptance— i.e not older than 30 days.
"That studio does not require talent to have an APHSS green light for working for them, they require that talent bring a clean test with required test results and that the test not be older than 30 days. Does Lisa Ann believe they are at fault for this policy? Why then is she willing to work for them?
"Or only that Direct Models is at fault—on a shoot that Direct Models did not book?
"It begins to get farcical so I will finish. I will finish with a few questions of my own.
"With no reliable evidence to support the question(s) below and so with only the 'word on
the street' to go by, which is the same credence from which Lisa Ann make her allegation,
"Unless she is privy to information withheld from us that would assist to answer her
"With that precursor, and so clearly stated, I pose the following questions. I have been informed that Alex Gonz took a test at CET testing facility in June during the time when both CET and TTS were performing hepatitis tests for no additional charge along with the adult industries regular panel.
a. Can anyone confirm or deny this?
b. Lawfully no one in possession of these results may reveal them to anyone else, unless
the patient has given permission for that.
c. Was the result of that test positive for Hep C?
d. Is that why APHSS marked him as unavailable even though he had good test results for
the standard adult industry panel through LabCorp?
e. It would certainly be revealing to know all or part of that.
f. Could that be the reason Alex chose to test at LabCorp where he could chose
specifically what tests to take and therefore choose not take a hep test?
"These are the questions that if answered may lead us to the truth.
"Direct Models is certainly interested to learn the truth and if a loophole in the industries testing procedures has been found, to assist in an effort to close it.
"If anyone is able to assist in answering them – please write me at: Derek@ladirectmodels.com."