The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum field is the place where the USC Trojans play football, two Summer Olympics were staged, John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic presidential nomination and Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass.
It was also a location for "The Gangbang Girl #32," a hard-core
pornographic movie that featured 40 minutes of group sex on the gridiron
turf, The Times has learned.
The filming at the taxpayer-owned stadium was done at night, with the Coliseum's
towering lights blazing and its rows of distinctive red and white seats
framing many of the scenes. The video also shows the stadium's
signature tunnel, which the Trojan team charges through at the start of
games, as well as a sliver of the iconic peristyle, the arched entrance
to the Coliseum.
"I was just in awe that we were at the Coliseum," said a star of the
film, who goes by the name Mr. Marcus. "I've made movies for about 20
years and I've done a lot of things, but that one really stands out.… I
mean, who gets to have sex on the Coliseum floor?"
Marcus said the football-themed footage was shot on a single night,
including some non-explicit scenes filmed in a Coliseum locker room that
did not make the final cut. The Coliseum is not identified by name in
the video, which was made in 2001 and released in 2002. About half of
the 90-minute movie was filmed elsewhere.
How the crew got permission to use the national historic landmark — which was built as a memorial to World War I veterans — is unclear. Attempts to reach a representative of the production company, Anabolic Video, were unsuccessful.
The Coliseum is jointly run by the city, county and state, which owns
the land. A spokesman for the California attorney general's office said
Tuesday that he did not know if it is illegal to film pornography on
state property. Agencies such as the California Department of Parks and
Recreation prohibit porn shoots on properties they control.
Gaining access to the locked stadium and firing up the field lights
typically requires the approval of a high-ranking manager, according to
people familiar with Coliseum operations, who requested anonymity
because they are not allowed to speak publicly on the matter.
An attorney for the top Coliseum executive at the time the video was made said his client knew nothing about the production.
Former General Manager Patrick Lynch resigned in early 2011 and was
indicted in March of this year in a sweeping corruption case.
"That's disgusting," Lynch's attorney, Tony Capozzola, said of the porn shoot. "He would never allow that."
Lynch has pleaded guilty to conflict of interest in a deal that
required him to return $385,000 in alleged kickbacks he received from a
Coliseum contractor. Ex-events manager Todd DeStefano has pleaded not
guilty to charges that include bribery, embezzlement and conspiracy.
Four other men also have been indicted in the case.
The indictments followed more than a year of Times reports on Coliseum
financial irregularities and lax oversight by its nine-member governing
commission, which includes four elected officials. Managers were engaged
in side deals with concert promoters and others who did business at the
Coliseum. Executives spent tens of thousands of dollars in public funds
on massages, golf tournaments, luxury cars and other perks.
The commission is now at the brink of insolvency and voted May 14 to
surrender control of the stadium and companion Sports Arena to USC.
Some current commissioners, including county Supervisors Zev
Yaroslavsky and Mark Ridley-Thomas, were on the panel when the film was
Yaroslavsky and Ridley-Thomas declined requests for an interview late Tuesday.
The plot of the movie, to the extent that it has one, revolves around a football team and a cheerleader.
The Anabolic logo is emblazoned on the jerseys the dozen or so
performers wear — Marcus kept his as a souvenir — and on banners draped
like bunting along the stands.
Marcus is a repeat winner of the annual Adult Video News Award, has
been inducted into the X-Rated Critics Organization's Adult Movie Hall
of Fame and wrote the 2010 book "The Porn Star Guide to Great Sex" (St.
Martin's Press), which earns a three-star review on the Barnes &
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