2. Physical Violence Damage to Property

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
4

The damage and injuries range from those sustained by performers[1183] forced to engage in physically harmful acts which can often result in permanent injury, [1184] to damage to property,[1185] "knee-breaking"[1186] and arson.[1187]

A veteran FBI agent told the Commission "Over the years there has been heavy violence associated with the pornography industry. Some of the current well-known names in the industry have reported threats against them or physical brutality."[1188]

A bookstore operator, associated with members of organized crime families, described the "discipline" within the pornography industry for those who choose to disobey rules regarding pricing, territory and other matters.[1119] He said, ". . . Bonjay a year and half ago, took one of the guys held him by his arms up against the wall in the alley, and it's common knowledge, the car ran into him, with the front bumper up against the wall and shattered his knees. That's a pretty good discipline.[1190] This same witness also reported bombs being thrown into stores that were not complying with general price agreements or failed to pay a street tax to organized crime families.[1191]

Notes

  1. See, Chapter 2 in this Part for a more complete discussion about performers.
  2. Los Angeles Hearing, Caryl and Brian Cid, pp. 127-53; New York Hearing, Vol. I, Linda Marchiano, p. 51; Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. I, Valerie Heller, pp. 217-41; Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. II, Charles Sullivan, pp. 65-77; See also, The discussion of performers and harms attributable to their work.
  3. New York Hearing, Vol. I, Bookstore Operator, p. 152.
  4. Id., p. 141.
  5. New York Hearing, Vol. I, Thomas Bohling, p. 179.
  6. New York Hearing, Vol. I, William P Kelly, p. 83.
  7. New York Hearing, Vol. I, Bookstore Operator, p. 131; The FBI reported such a territorial dispute in 1981 involving pornography stores in New England. The dispute arose between Joseph Palladino, an operative of New England LCN Boss Gennaro  Anginlo, and Carlo Mastrototaro, who had been authorized by the New York LCN family to open a competing business in Worcester, Massachusetts. Letter to Attorney General's Commission on Pornography from Federal Bureau of Investigation, March 24, 1986.
  8. New York Hearing, Vol. I, Bookstore Operator, p. 131.
  9. Id.