Saturday, October 22, 2005

Russian Businessman Arrested For Making A Fake Porn Movie

Police have detained a Moscow region businessman who, became upset when his amorous advances were rejected by a woman, created a porn movie supposedly featuring the woman and threatened to turn it over to her parents if she did not pay thousands of dollars. Officers from the Moscow region's organized crime department detained the businessman, who owns a large video production company, as he accepted $8,000 from the woman in the region's eastern Orekhovo-Zuyevsky district, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported.

A man who answered the phone at the district organized crime department confirmed that the case was on the books but declined to provide any details. According to Moskovsky Komsomolets, the story began about six months ago when the businessman met the unidentified 33-year-old woman, a former model.

The woman caught his fancy, and over the next few months he tried in vain to court her. The tale of unrequited love turned ugly, however, when the woman finally made it clear that she wanted nothing to do with him, the newspaper said. He then threatened to send a pornographic film of her to her parents if she did not pay $10,000, but she ignored the threat, knowing that she had never undressed in his presence, it said. But with a large video studio at his disposal, the businessman went to work, and the woman was horrified when she saw the final product.

It was then that she went to police, who set up the sting operation for the money handover. After receiving the money, which the businessman had knocked down to $8,000, he was arrested by police as he was starting his car and preparing to drive off. It was unclear whether the businessman had been charged, and Natalya Vorotnikova, spokeswoman for the Moscow region police, said she could not immediately comment on the case.

Ilya Zhukov, a video studio owner who runs the web site, said that doctoring actors in a pornographic movie and making the final product look realistic was an extremely difficult task even by Hollywood standards, to say nothing of Moscow region standards. "It would take a serious amount of time and effort, even for an expert," Zhukov said. "Even then it could never look 100 percent authentic." Zhukov said the film was probably made with a stand-in who vaguely resembled the woman and was shot with poor lighting and at odd angles.

Amateur porn videos taped secretly and leaked to the media have a notable history in Russian politics. In 1997, Justice Minister Valentin Kovalyov was suspended at his own request after the publication of video pictures apparently showing him cavorting with nude women in a sauna said to be popular with organized crime figures. A video broadcast on state television in 1999 showed what appeated to be then-Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov frolicking with two prostitutes in a brothel.


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