--Gene Ross/on the web
This should have been the LA Times’ story to begin with, but everyone has beaten them to the punch.
First Variety, then The Hollywood Reporter, now The London Daily Mail has picked up the story about how former Disney and now Miramax executive Richard Naunula got videotaped in a compromising situation with Wicked Pictures’ contract girl Samantha Saint.
From what we know or can assume, porn chick Trinity St. Clair along with the alleged help of Jack Spade, Bonnie Rotten’s husband, set up a meet between Nanula and Saint.
Stills from that shoot made their way on to the gossip site, www.thedirty.com Monica Foster has been following that story.
I've been told that the Times has assigned a reporter to cover the Nanula angle.
On another front, The Hollywood Reporter and The NY Daily News have been following a story which will undoubtedly lead to porn’s doorstep as well because it exposes the inner workings of a shady system that pimps out middle of the pack Hollywood actresses and porn stars with foreign sugar daddies. The Cannes Film festival is where it all happens.
“Hookers stand out in Cannes. They’re the ones who are well-dressed and not smoking,” tweeted the late Roger Ebert in 2010.
There was a time when porn actresses hung out in hordes in Cannes. That’s because the French magazine Hot used to hold the annual Hot d'Or awards there.
Porn actresses now have been going there for a different reason. And it’s not to pick up a trophy, but a sugar daddy.
Recall May of last year when Brooklyn Lee and Tasha Reign had their pictures taken with Bill Clinton? Bingo.
That was right around the time of the Cannes Film Festival. Foster,www.pornnewstoday.com has also been pursuing the story about porn actresses who turn tricks in Dubai. Except Dubai ain’t the only place overseas where $40,000 for an evening buys you the companionship of a woman who’s well dressed and doesn’t smoke.
Foster on her site links to a story that was featured in The Hollywood Reporter in May. It talks about Lebanese business man Elie Nahas [pictured] who owns a Beirut-based modeling agency. Nahas, the story reveals used to work as a right-hand man for Moatessem Gadhafi, the playboy son of Libyan strongman Muammar Gadhafi, Nahas’ longtime pal.
Nahas was arrested on charges of running a prostitution ring that supplied more than 50 women “of various nationalities” to the younger Gadhafi and other rich Middle Eastern clients during the Cannes film festival. Moatessem Gadhafi was killed with his father in Libya in 2011.
According to The Hollywood reporter story, the women ran the gamut, from full-time escorts to models to beauty queens.
“And they serviced men in hotels, on yachts and in the palatial villas in the hills above Cannes. Philippe Camps, a lawyer for a Paris-based anti-prostitution organization, tells THR that some of the women were brought to Cannes under false pretenses and coerced into prostitution.
Nahas was arrested after a lengthy investigation involving wiretaps, which helped them identify Nahas and seven others as key members of the vice ring.
(Prostitution is legal in France, but soliciting, whether with advertising or on a street corner, is not.)
Nahas denies he was running a prostitution ring. He says he was unfairly singled out in a sea of rich players who move in and around the Cannes Film Festival’s second-biggest business after movies: sex.
Nahas told THR, “The police know what goes on during the film festival, and they turn a blind eye. But they went after me. Why? Because I worked for Gadhafi.”
According to the story, every year, women ranging from what the French call putes de luxes (high-priced call girls), who charge an average of $4,000 a night, to local streetwalkers, who normally get little more than $50 or $75 an hour turning tricks in nearby Nice, converge on Cannes for what one Parisian hooker calls “the biggest payday of the year.”
A local prostitute named Daisy told THR, “There’s a lot of competition because there are so many girls, but the local ones have an advantage. We know the hotel concierges.”
With a little palm greasing the concierges steer prospective Johns to the locals. During the 10-day festival, an estimated 100 to 200 hookers stroll in and out of the big hotels every day, according to hotel sources.
Nahas says the money can be bigger than most people realize. The most beautiful call girls, he says, know to target the high-end hotels “where all the Arabs stay.”
“They can make up to $40,000 a night,” says Nahas. “Arabs are the most generous people in the world. If they like you, they will give you a lot of money. At Cannes, they carry money around in wads of 10,000 euros. To them, it’s just like paper. They don’t even like to count it. They’ll just hand it to the girls without thinking. I know the system.”
The serious action starts after 10 p.m., Nahas says. Call girls sit in the lobby, and prospective clients check them out.
“It’s all done with hand signals,” he says. “The guys signal their room numbers with their hands and the girls follow them.”
Some of the “luxury prostitutes” come as part of an organized ring, the type of operation that police said Nahas ran, and others fly in small groups on their own, mainly from Paris, London, Venezuela, Brazil, Morocco and Russia.
Still others take advantage of the other big event taking place on the Cote d’Azur, the Monaco Grand Prix, and rent hotel rooms in the town of Beausoleil, just behind Monaco, and commute between there and Cannes, a 40-minute drive.
Nahas denies he was running a prostitution ring but admits he arranged for women to come to Cannes during the festival. His job, he says, was to pick them up at Nice International Airport, bring them to the port at Cannes and place them on small boats that took them out to Gadhafi’s yacht, the Che Guevara, and other luxury vessels.
Other than than Nahas claims no further involvement “I don’t know what took place between any of them. I had no part of it. They may have just been there to talk and have fun.”
Nahas was arrested and jailed for 11 months during which time Gadhafi’s son kept him going with $25,000 a month expense money.
Since Gadhafi’s death, the money has dried up. “I cry blood for him every day,” says Nahas.
When Nahas was arrested, police confiscated an address book that contained dozens of names and contact information for some of the richest princes and potentates in the Middle East. Nahas admits that he knew them all but denies that he procured hookers for them.
According to Nanas, “Every year during the festival there are 30 or 40 luxury yachts in the bay at Cannes, and every boat belongs to a very rich person.
"Every boat has about 10 girls on it; they are usually models, and they are usually nude or half nude. It’s drugs and drink and beautiful women. Go out on one and you’ll see. The girls are all waiting for their envelopes at the end of the night. It’s been going on there for 60 years.”
It’s been going on for 60 years and the LA Times is just getting wind of it?
Guaranteed if the LA Times gets on the Trinity St. Clair story, it will uncover a whole can of whoop ass that will come down on Diane Duke and the porn industry."