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March 14, 2019

NBC L.A. Releases Doc on LA Direct Allegations

LOS ANGELES—A long-rumored documentary produced by NBC Los Angeles detailing the various allegations a number of adult performers have made over the past year against talent agency LA Direct Models and its owner, Derek Hay, was posted today on the news outlet's website nbclosangeles.com. As reported and edited by journalist Dan Przygoda, the 75-minute piece includes interviews with former LAD clients Bunny Colby, Adria Rae, Hadley Viscara and Lydia Dupra (formerly Melina Mason), as well as Adult Performer Advocacy Committee board member, Siouxsie Q, and one-time LAD agent and recently returned director/performer, Lisa Ann.  The documentary covers the still-pending complaint filed last July by four "Jane Does" with the California Department of Industrial Relations against LAD and Hay, the similar complaint filed with the same department at the beginning of the year by Colby (who at the time was using the stage name Nadya Nabakova)—along with her ultimate victory in the case and numerous audio clips from the hearing—plus the assorted other claims of extortion and manipulation that Rae, Viscara and Dupra have leveled publicly against the agency via social media and other platforms. Though no one other than those named above appear or are even mentioned in the documentary, a story accompanying it on the NBC L.A. website notes, "NBC spoke to 26 current and former adult film perfomers and other agents who made allegations similar to those contained in the complaints to the labor commissioner. Many said they were afraid to come forward because they feared retaliation." One notably absent figure is performer Charlotte Cross, who consented to be identified as one of the four "Jane Does" in that case when AVN broke the news of its filing in July. Asked if there was a reason she was not included, Cross told AVN, "I requested not to be. I did not want it to interfere with legal proceedings and I only trusted XXX media to report on the story. "Although I spoke with Dan on several occassions, I was never really sure what his intentions were," she continued, "and I did not want to be involved with something that could end up like Hot Girls Wanted." That said, Cross asserted that "after watching the documentary, I think it was well done. However, I will still continue to be cautious about giving interviews to mainstream media outlets, as I always have." AVN reached out to Derek Hay via email for a response to NBC L.A.'s piece, but had not received a reply as of post time. Watch the full documentary here.  Image taken from nbclosangeles.com. Pictured clockwise from upper left: Hadley Viscara, Bunny Colby, Derek Hay, Lydia Dupra, Lisa Ann, Adria Rae.

 
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