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Colton Haynes, Ethics and Purported Porn Pics

If you missed yesterday’s post– and with doorQ.com going into a server crash from all the attention it got — the quick recap is that a nasty (and silly) letter came my way from someone who either is or purports to be an attorney by the name of Bryan J. Freedman, which declared five year old modeling pics of actor Colton Haynes kissing another guy to be “pornographic” and ordered them removed. It also ordered that nothing about said letter be quoted from, reproduced or mentioned by me in any way, or I’d be in deep doo-doo.

Obviously, I didn’t see things that way.

In regards to the letter, I’ve also been told that it most likely violates The California Bar Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers, specifically Rule #5-100 Threatening Criminal, Administrative, or Disciplinary Charges”. The rule says: (A) A member shall not threaten to present criminal, administrative, or disciplinary charges to obtain an advantage in a civil dispute. I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t know if that’s actually the case. I’m hoping someone with more knowledge about California can fill me in.

It’s because of a such an ethical breach, coupled with the sheer outlandishness of the contents and in consideration of the comments and perspectives from some pretty smart people that I’ve received  over the last 24-hours, that I’m posting the whole letter here:

In retrospect, it wasn’t enough to just quote from it. This kind of crap letter goes out far too often and people fold from doing the right thing from the fear spread by the numerous wrongs contained in things such as this. Read, know and tell your friends: letters like this aren’t what they claim to be.

Lastly, if you’re an actor / model and the people that you’ve paid for career management and advice tell you that the best way to put to bed questions about your love-life is to rewrite reality by threats, nasty-grams and other assorted tricks, immediately demand your money back from them.

And spank them with it. Hard.

Now, can I please get back to shamelessly promoting JUDAS KISS, the feature film I just produced, currently playing in film-festivals around the world and available for pre-order through Wolfe Video, at this link? Thanks.

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  1. davidlondon says
    June 3, 2011, 11:59 am

    very interesting article especially as the picture is one that is not pornographic and can probably be found other places on the net (although i noticed when you click on link on google to make the image on there bigger it has also been removed)

    be good to know why this has happened (lots of actors seem to do these kind of pictures and then try and deny it or other people do it because they do not want their favourite actor to be seen as gay.
    look out for any further developments

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  2. jay says
    June 3, 2011, 12:02 pm

    I had a similar thing happen to me , last week . I had a notice from blogger about a copyright claim over those very pictures of Colton which I included on my blog in a post about the gates . I assumed they pictures were okay to use as they were part of the XY magazine shoot .

    Anyway I’m now going to have a read of your site as its just the sort of site I think I’ll enjoy .

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  3. kenny60 says
    June 3, 2011, 7:56 pm

    If the goal of the letter was to suppress the photos because they thought that they would loose viewers it completely backfired in my case. I had Teen Wolf set up as a season pass in Tivo and I just deleted it. Honesty a photo of persons of the same gender kissing doesn’t mean they are gay any more than a photo of persons of opposite gender kissing proves that their strait. When it comes to portraying a character all I care about is how good the performance is, who gives a rodent’s rear end about performers personal life. P.S. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy of JUDAS KISS from Wolfe Video.

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  4. Blake J says
    June 5, 2011, 12:25 am

    Now I really hope that Colton is straight, because if it is revealed later on that he is queer and this is the lengths he went to refute it, …

    I doubt Teen Wolf is going to be one of the best series ever, especially since there are many supernatural shows and movies already, so it is going to rely heavily on how much the audience likes the cast and the chemistry between them.

    I hope by this decade, it will be deemed more of a negative quality by over reacting to queer rumours than actually having queer rumours about yourself!

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  5. June 5, 2011, 2:37 am

    David, the knowing and the thought process behind all of this would be fun — and probably pretty frustrating, as any one of us would have been able to stand up and say “Bad Idea!” and then be ignored. I can understand wanting to remain closeted or semi-closeted, though I can’t really agree with it. Using the law to intimidate and lie about the past, especially by using some of the worst accusations you can make against gays, really is reprehensible.

    Jay, the funny thing is that neither the attorney or Colton have standing to make a copyright claim. The owners of the copyright are either XY Magazine (or its heirs) or Sean Bentz, the photographer. Blogger should have told the lawyer “No”, but most companies aren’t interested in a fight, legitimate or not.

    Kenny, that is the irony here, isn’t it? Saying “It was just a modeling job” wouldn’t have kept the issue a non-issue. Given the traffic I’ve seen from around the world over the past few days, this succeeded in becoming a reasonably large issue. And since nothing ever disappears from the web, no matter what the project Haynes does over the next decade or more, this situation will continue to pop up prominently on searches for information about him and his career. It was money poorly spent.

    Blake, I have no idea how Colton self-defines today. I’ve been told by people who knew him in 2006,when the pictures were taken, that he openly identified as gay. The tough thing is that now he’s boxed himself in a corner. He’s proverbially damned no matter which way he goes. He’s only 22, so I want to believe all of this is the product of youth, inexperience and bad advice, not greed, avarice and self-hate. And I’m still probably going to record TEEN WOLF, too.

    I mean, after all of this, how can I not watch it?

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  6. Blake J says
    June 5, 2011, 8:14 am

    Odds are if Colton Haynes was gay in 2006, he is at the very least bisexual now, but it irrelevant anyway, if he is not going to bravely claim it.

    Of course I am still going to watch Teen Wolf, but part of the reason will no longer be because of him.

    I am a fan of supernatural series, and this one is about a werewolf who is not secondary to vampires (not that I hate vampires, but they are just the most overdone of all the “creatures” right now).

    Anyway he is going to be the “bad guy”, so now there is extra motivation to dislike his character.

    There are other hot guys who are part of the main cast, plus maybe there will be a lot of locker room / shower scenes after practices, etcetera.

    And there is going to be an “out and proud” gay character, even if he is only going to be in six of the twelve episodes for the first season.

    However if the series straddles the fence between good and bad, I will side with it being bad because of this situation and not bother viewing it anymore.

    As much as I hate it, I can understand why actors still choose to be closeted for the sake of their careers.
    There are very few “fangirls” (largest source of income) who exhibit true loyalty to actors, so the actors need to do what is necessary to keep their interest.
    Plus there are very few (popular) roles for a lot of available actors.

    But the need to over react to gay rumours or treat “bearding” like an extreme sport, surely is not necessary in this decade.

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  7. Blake J says
    June 5, 2011, 8:20 am

    I swear the single highest earning aspect of queer clients (of which I am sure there are many) for their publicists, agents, etcetera is hiding the fact the clients are queer.

    I really doubt that a significant number of (straight) viewers will abandon the entertainment industry if the majority of the industry just banded together and made the truth known.

    If they had more interesting lives with better things to do, they would not be partaking in the entertainment nearly as much.

    Sorry for the rant, it was a rough day.

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  8. peter says
    November 19, 2011, 1:16 pm

    if those are porn i’m long dong silver!

    this is a very handsome very young, impressionable kid who was modelling for abercrombie: i can’t imagine a more homo-permissive environment. at least half of the other hot guys with who he was surrounded had at least dabbled i’m sure. do i think he messed around with dudes? probably. does that mean he’s gay? not necessarily. hardly, in fact. when i was seventeen, i was screwing chicks.

    the sad fact is that gay is still the kiss of death for a mainstream movie or tv career. rupert everett regrets coming out since his career essentially tanked afterward. colton’s actually a pretty talented guy, and i would hate to see his career derailed over a youthful indiscretion.

    however gay activists feel compelled to OUT everyone, collateral damage to their personal lives be damned. and they wonder why people don’t like them? they just don’t get that ‘private life’ stuff.

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    • November 19, 2011, 1:35 pm

      peter » These were from a modeling shoot for XY Magazine, not Abercrombie. XY Magazine was an gay magazine for 20-somethings. The photographer was gay. The magazine owner was. Haynes admitted to being gay at the time. His mother even signed the release for him to take the pictures. The Abercrombie and acting came later, much later, leading up to large chunks of change for acting….

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  9. peter says
    November 19, 2011, 3:51 pm

    My point remains. It’s not for us to constantly scream queer! queer! queer! at a guy working within the realities of his industry and trying to get a career going. What he does in his private life is none of my concern. Nor should it be yours.

    And this isn’t a “homophobic Hollywood” problem. I’m sure Hollywood would gladly open its closet, only that wouldn’t play in Peoria. Americans will not accept gay actors as leading men, That’s just a fact. Ultimately it’s a Judeo-Christian Civilization problem. Blame it of fucking Yaweh, the celestial fascist.

    If the guy says he’s straight, I feel obliged to take him at his word. To do otherwise would be in bad faith. He exercised some poor judgement when he was in his late teens. Who doesn’t? I would gladly give him a pass. But something tells me you won’t. You’ll be shrieking “Queer! Queer! Queer!” until the only job he can get is retail sales at Bloomingdales.

    Of course if he weren’t hot, the Proud Gay Community would gladly disown him.

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    • November 23, 2011, 5:58 pm

      Yeah, except that’s not what’s going on. Semi-Famous actor has his attorney use homophobia and child porn allegations to force bloggers to remove public, legal pics from an advertising shoot Semi-Famous actor did when he was 17, all to ally current gossip Semi Famous actor is gay.

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  10. peter says
    November 23, 2011, 7:09 pm

    Yeah, except that’s not what’s going on. Semi-Famous actor has his attorney use homophobia and child porn allegations to force bloggers to remove public, legal pics from an advertising shoot Semi-Famous actor did when he was 17, all to ally current gossip Semi Famous actor is gay.

    1) allay x ally

    2) Gay or straight, Mr. Haynes is legally entitled to claim that he exercised poor judgement at seventeen. I’m not going to get into a long debate as to the plasticity of sexual orientation in late adolescence, except to say that dabbling as a teen doesn’t make one gay. He is doing damage control in an attempt to salvage a career, which will NEVER happen so long as gays like you keep yelling QUEER QUEER QUEER! And you wonder people hate us? Prying into their legally protected private lives to strike a blow against . . . homophobia! Homophobia begins with YOU!

    And I’ll say it once again: you wouldn’t give a rat’s ass is he were gay or straight if he weren’t so hot.

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    • November 23, 2011, 7:42 pm

      Peter, he’s not claiming that he exercised poor judgement. He’s having his attorney claim that pictures from a non-pornographic editorial in a non-pornographic magazine are child-porn pics stolen from his personal collection, and that anyone referencing those pics are disseminating illegal material.

      Fantasy and reality are two different things.

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