Porn Industry Uses Airbnb, Rental Houses for Filming #RemoveWeinstein

Porn Industry Uses Airbnb, Rental Houses for Filming #RemoveWeinstein

Nearly four years after Los Angeles County passed new requirements for pornographic performers, the porn industry has spread to nearby counties like Ventura County — and much of that filming is happening in residents’ homes with or without their knowledge, the NBC4 I-Team has learned.

Private citizens believe their home is being rented out for a few days — perhaps never knowing it’s become the set of a raunchy pornographic title.

An enema kit, bottle of lubricant and a business card are among the things Kristina Knapic said she discovered after renting her house out on the online rental service Airbnb.

Doing a bit of research, she learned the person who rented the house was Michael Lucas, an adult performer and producer, and owner of Lucas Entertainment.

A bit more digging revealed photos of her house — inside and out — posted on social media.

“They found a sex toy under one of the beds,” said John Thyne III, one of Knapic’s attorneys handling a lawsuit she’s now filed. “They noticed some enema kits in the bathroom [and] some what turned out to be, I believe, male steroids in the refrigerator.”

Thyne and attorney Lacy Taylor said Knapic contacted them with concerns the pornographic film could damage her house’s image as a rental property.

“She feels violated,” Taylor said.

“She’s correct in saying that I didn’t tell her,” Lucas told NBC4.

Lucas said he’s worked in adult film nearly 20 years, and using rentals for porn shoots is common.

“We rent houses all the time,” he said. “Never did we run into this problem.”

It happens enough that Thyne said he’s spoken to at least two others who’ve had porn filmed at their houses but are too mortified to come forward.

“This is not an altogether uncommon practice,” Thyne said.

Since LA’s condom law went into effect in 2012, the porn industry has moved into neighboring counties like Ventura which requires a permit for every film production.

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