A new report from the Los Angeles Times claims that female porn stars are finally becoming more diverse, with “the average female performer earning a mere $4.75 an hour, or $1,200 less than the average male performer.”
This is, of course, after the industry made the mistake of giving female performers an extra six weeks of paid vacation in the last few years.
But we can’t help but notice that the industry has been making the mistake before, too.
In 2016, the New York Times published an article detailing the sexual harassment, assault, and physical assault that women experience on a daily basis in the industry.
The New York Police Department, which is the agency responsible for investigating the harassment, also investigated the claims, which led to a slew of convictions.
In the first few years of its existence, the NYPD made a concerted effort to eliminate the “bully pulpit” of the porn industry.
It began by removing the term “bunny porn” from its website.
The NYPD’s efforts were spearheaded by the then-deputy commissioner for the department, Anthony Batts.
Batts also claimed that the city’s biggest porn producers had to pay a $1 million fine, and that the company behind the site, Pornhub, was responsible for a “fraud” by selling porn.
“I know that if you look at the numbers, if you take the numbers out of it, you know that the average woman makes less than $2,500 per month in the United States,” Batts said.
The industry had to fight back, though, and, eventually, Batts was fired from his position.
But Batts did not just leave the company.
He also began to make a name for himself by defending the industry’s position.
In 2018, he testified before Congress about how women in the adult entertainment industry have to deal with harassment and discrimination.
Batters statement at the time was a reminder that the porn business needs to change.
The “bipartisan consensus” on the issue of sexual harassment and violence in the porn world was clear: It was a “national crisis,” Batters said.
But, as The Hollywood Reporter notes, Batters’ statement was met with a “loud” backlash, and he resigned.
The fact that Batts, who was at the forefront of pushing for the change in the law, left the company after just three years did not sit well with some of the industry insiders.
“What he was saying is, ‘If you’re gonna get rid of me, you can’t do that to me,'” one industry insider told THR.
“That’s what he said, and you don’t hear it.
It was his last shot.”
In 2017, a former porn star and porn producer said that Batters sexual harassment complaint was the first in a long list of instances of misconduct by his former employer.
“You know what I mean?” said the porn star.
“It’s just one in a billion that people have to go through.
You know, he’s just a person that happens to work at a company that is a big porn producer.”
The former porn producer added that he was “disgusted” that the LAPD did not investigate the case, because it meant the industry would “continue to be treated as an industry.”
“I can’t say the same for anyone else who has been accused of something and not been prosecuted,” the former porn director told THR, adding that he hoped that the former employee “never works in porn again.”
The actress told The New Yorker that she felt “betrayed” by the industry, and said that the women who have been assaulted by Batts “are now fighting for their rights.”
In a statement to The New Republic, the industry acknowledged that BatTS had been fired, and also called for the “lack of accountability and the lack of oversight in the field.”
The statement added, “Our industry values diversity and inclusion and believes in treating every performer equally.”
In 2018 and 2019, the DCLs annual report for the year noted that there were 576 sexual harassment complaints against performers, of which 69 were dismissed.
That number has dropped slightly since then.
But the DCLA still made it clear that “the industry continues to be under a microscope and needs to do more to protect our employees, employees of our companies, and performers.”
And, despite the industry being “under scrutiny,” BatTS still continues to receive support from the industry as a whole.
On Friday, BatTS appeared on the Today show, which was hosted by the actress Rose McGowan, to talk about the sexual assault allegations against him.
“This industry needs to stand up and do something about it,” McGowan said.
“He needs to be held accountable.
We need to stand behind him and do everything we can.”