15. Discount Distributors, TVX Distributors and Atlanta Video

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Four
Chapter: 
4
Phillip "Chuck" Bernstene, Anthony "Tony" Arnone, Bill Jackmore, Los Angeles, California, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In a tape recorded conversation in May, 1979, Beinstene said he spoke to Mickey Zaffarano regarding "Debbie Does Dallas." Bernstene said that through Zaffarano and Joe "Black" Arieno, he. would be in a position to distribute "Debbie Does Dallas." Bernstene said that three or four years ago, Zaffarano had placed him with S & L Distributors, (Norm Arno and Tommy Sinopoli) to insure that Sinapoli and Arno made payments to Zaffarno. Berstene said that Sinapoli, Arno and S & L Distributors were tied directly to Zaffarano. Bernstene said that during the time he was with S & L Distributors he made weekly payments to Zaffarano from Arno and S & L Distributors.

In October 1979, Bernstene described Zeichick (J & G Sales, Los Angeles, California) as a "no good guy" who had. "messed up" people in the past in some of his business dealings. Bernstene said Zeichick and Black were doing a good business and they were cutting into some of the customers of TVX Distributors.

Bernstene said that this was hurting TVX and other distributors but he could not put pressure on Zeichick or Black due to their close relationship with Zaffarano.

Bernstene said Zaffarano had just recently given the movie "Autobiography of a Flea" to Andre D'Apice (Star Distributors/KED New York City) to have as his movie. Bernstene said that if law enforcement officials and the IRS became aware of how much money Zaffarano made off his hard core movies, they could blow the lid off his operation.

Bernstene said it was like when "Deep Throat" and "The Devil in Miss Jones" were playing all around the country in 1972. If it were known how much money was actually made on these movies, a lot of people would have problems. In October 1979, Bernstene said that Walter Gernert would be coming to Las Vegas. Bernstene said that he was going to Vegas to "pay the juice". Berstene said the loan was for eight millimeter films which Walter Gernert was involved with.

Bernstene said that Angelo and Tony Farese recently came into the offices of TVX Distributors and advised him and his partner, Dave Friedman that they now controlled the movies "Deep Throat" and "Devil in Miss Jones" and that a fee of $10.00 per video tape cassette of these movies should be paid directly to the Fareses. Bernstene said that the Fareses advised him and Friedman that the Perainos no longer control the movies "Deep Throat" and "Devil in Miss Jones" and that 'the Fareses now controlled these movies.

On November 6, 1979, Bernstene said that when Michael Wisotsky was dealing with Arno, Wisotsky was doing business in the range of $15,000 to $20,000 a month. During that time Wisotsky told Bernstene that the agents were working for the "Feds." Wisotsky told him that he had gotten this information from Andre D'Apice.