Martha’s Vineyard artist settles with porn company

An artist whose luxury Martha Vineyard home was converted into a porn set without her permission has reached a settlement with the porn company.

Leah Bassett, of Aquinnah, Massachusetts, sued Mile High Distribution Inc. in March 2018 after discovering that her $1.2 million home had been used for at least 30 gay porn videos between 2014 and 2015, including Schoolboy Fantasies and Daddy’s Big Boy.

She also sued her tenant Joshua Spafford, a porn photographer, and porn star Monica Jensen – aka Nica Noelle – who works as an employee at Mile High Distribution Inc.

She claimed unspecified damages for breach of contract, improper use of the property, copyright infringement and inflicting emotional distress.

The case was scheduled to go to court on August 5. Martha’s Vineyard Times, but was canceled due to a July 23 settlement.

Details of the settlement have not been released, but it was apparently reached after all parties met for alternative dispute resolution via video conference, Instinct Magazine reports.

The parties now have a 60-day cooling-off period, the statement said Boston Globe.

DailyMail.com has contacted attorneys for both parties for more information.

Homeowner Leah Bassett sued former tenant Joshua Spafford in 2018 over claims he used the house to film porn, with actors having sex in every room of the house she built with her father in Aquinnah, Massachusetts (pictured)

One of the movies reportedly shot in the house was 'Schoolboy Fantasies 2'

One of the movies reportedly shot in the house was ‘Schoolboy Fantasies 2’

The film featured some of Bassett's original artwork in the background

The film featured some of Bassett’s original artwork in the background

Bassett first sued Jensen, Mile High Media and John Blitt — doing business as Icon Male and Transsensual — in 2018, three years after she rented out her beachfront home in the western end of Martha’s Vineyard to a Joshua Spafford.

They reportedly used her home for more than 30 explicit films between October 4, 2014 and May 15, 2015, the Times reports, with her original artwork appearing in the background of films such as “Forgive Me Father, Volume 2” and “Daddy’s Big Boy.” ‘

“When I returned to my house… it felt empty, cold and dead,” Bassett wrote in an affidavit. “There were strangers’ things in the cupboards, rotten food in the kitchen, and the visions of what I’d seen on the Internet kept coming to mind.”

She said she “independently made the very disturbing discovery that her personal home had been used during the leasehold for the commercial production of graphic pornography.”

And, she admitted in court documents, she “continued over the ensuing weeks/months with a periodic – and admittedly somewhat obsessive review of” websites associated with Stafford, Jensen, and Mile High Distribution, along with all the other porn stars who spoke shooting in Martha’s Vineyard.

As a result, the lawsuit said, she discovered “numerous photographs” and “numerous clad, nude, semi-naked and/or graphic sex scene photos or video clips depicting Mrs. Bassett’s home and its signature furniture and artwork in the background. or foreground.’

It added that the producers “used almost every room of her house for their porn production purposes, including nude, semi-nude and/or male ejaculation scenes in her bedrooms, her living room and family room sofas, her stairwell, on top of her dining room.” table, her bathrooms, her cellar [and] on top of her laundry room equipment.”

They even used her bedding and her hand-sewn pillows for “male ejaculation scenes,” the lawsuit alleges, noting that Spafford never told Bassett that he intended to make pornography in the house she shared with her father. built.

The porn was meant to be creepy, the Globe reports, and Bassett was reportedly “panic” when she saw her home being portrayed.

Bassett had complained that when the house was returned to her in May 2015, there was extensive damage to the property totaling nearly $16,000.  In the photo one of the leftovers from the shoot

Bassett had complained that when the house was returned to her in May 2015, there was extensive damage to the property totaling nearly $16,000. In the photo one of the leftovers from the shoot

She said she found clothing and damage to her laundry equipment, where the actors allegedly had sex in some movies

She said she found clothing and damage to her laundry equipment, where the actors allegedly had sex in some movies

The homeowner says she didn't immediately realize her home had been used for a gay porn shoot, but began investigating when she noticed the damage (pictured is an unexplained stain on the tiles)

The homeowner says she didn’t immediately realize her home had been used for a gay porn shoot, but began investigating when she noticed the damage (pictured is an unexplained stain on the tiles)

She had since reportedly seen a therapist, who was suffering from serious emotional and psychological problems, and was unable to live in her home for two years.

The house, meanwhile, suffered about $16,000 in damages from tenants staying there, Bassett argued in her lawsuit, alleging that Jensen hadn’t gotten proper movie permits and violated the city’s zoning laws.

She reportedly gave Jensen and Mile High Distribution the opportunity to settle for $3 million at the time, Instinct Magazine reports. It’s unclear if that’s how much the two sides agreed to last week.

However, Jensen’s lawyer at the time insisted the allegations were “baseless” and told the Globe that the lawsuit had simply arisen from ‘a basic dispute between landlord and tenant’.

A few months later, Roach filed court documents to suspend Bassett and her attorney, John Taylor, for making “disparaging” comments about the porn company.

In the court documents, Roach claimed they defamed the company by comparing his films to pedophile acts and the “sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.”

It reportedly came after Bassett’s lawyer told the Vineyard Times that the company had a “history of ‘predatory practices’.”

The lawsuit alleged that Taylor said Mile High’s decision to move from California to “a state that was ground zero for the sexual misconduct allegations made against the priests in the Catholic Church,” as well as the location of the rape and murder of Jeffrey Curley in 1997 added to the “emotionally disturbing and reprehensible nature of some of the predatory themed “fantasy” porn films shot on the property.

The lawsuit names Monica Jensen, aka porn star Nica Noelle, an employee of Mile High Distribution Inc.

The lawsuit names Monica Jensen, aka porn star Nica Noelle, an employee of Mile High Distribution Inc.

In his response, Roach criticized Taylor for creating “an international smear campaign,” writing: “There is absolutely no basis or justification for associating Mile High or Jensen with the cases of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church or the attempted sexual assault.” and murder of 10-year-old Jeffrey Curley.

“On the contrary, these defamatory comments, which have absolutely no relevance to the claims in this proceeding, are evidence of Attorney Taylor and Plaintiff’s clear intent to excite and disadvantage the public against the defendants.”

Taylor was also accused of arousing widespread media attention after sending a six-page “open letter” to “ST8UPGAYPORN” blogger Zachary Sire – who previously “led an online campaign of harassment and threats” against Mile High, according to the suit.

In the letter, Taylor is said to have “threatened and harassed potential witnesses” into making favorable statements that he can use against Mile High and Jensen by saying that “anyone who contacts me by email within the next 30 days , is assured of a ‘passport’. “to be called a co-defendant” […]’

Mile High and Jensen argue that the injunction is necessary because “it is highly likely that both the plaintiff and attorney Taylor will make more false statements in the coming months of the trial.”

But last year, Bassett got a win when a judge ruled that Jensen and the porn company infringed her copyright by including some of her original artwork in 10 different films, including “Gay Massage House” and “Schoolboy Fantasies 2” for a minimum of $30. seconds.

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