Porn Star James Deen Files Complaint Against Bellator MMA, Viacom

By Mike Sloan May 17, 2016
Pornstar James Deen, who was issued California state citations and fines for allegedly exposing his employees to sexually transmitted infections, has filed a Cal/OSHA complaint against Bellator MMA and its parent company, Viacom.

Deen has been under investigation since Dec. 8 for alleged violations of condom and workplace safety laws. Deen’s company, Third Rock Enterprises, has accrued citations of nearly $80,000 for failing to use condoms during filming and for not providing vaccines or medical examinations to its employees who could have been exposed to various STDs, an allegation that Deen denies.

“Not one person was exposed to or contracted any illness on my sets,” said Deen, who has directed and starred in numerous adult films, said in a recent statement. “I gave the performers the option to perform with condoms however, they desired not to use condoms and I honored their requests.”

By filing a similar complaint against Bellator MMA and the media conglomerate that owns it, Deen is attempting to show that regulators unfairly target the adult film industry. The complaint filed by Deen claims that Bellator and Viacom have routinely exposed its fighters to bloodborne pathogens.

“You can't pick and choose how to enforce the law,” Deen said in a press release on Tuesday. “Cal/OSHA knows that section 5193 is not designed to protect entertainment workers. If the government is choosing to say that 5193 applies to the adult entertainment industry, then they are also saying that it must apply to all sports and entertainment.”

No officials from either Viacom or Bellator have commented publicly on the situation.

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