FLORIDA: Telecom Tycoon ID’d As Target Of Alleged Extortion By Gay Porn Actor

Via Courthouse News Service:

A Florida-based tycoon was identified as the target of an alleged $1.5 million extortion attempt by a gay porn actor during the first day of the actor’s criminal trial. Taking the stand Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Judge’s John Walter’s courtroom, Donald Burns of Palm Beach said he paid defendant Teofil Brank $1,500 to $2,500 each time the actor referred him to male models and adult performers. He said he also paid to have sex with Brank at least four times. “It was partly a coping mechanism from the loss of my long-term relationship,” Burns said in response to a prosecutor’s question why he had paid Brank to help set him up with the men.

The Smoking Gun website in April identified Burns as the alleged victim in the federal government’s case. But Burns, who jurors heard is worth close to $140 million, successfully moved to have his identity kept secret until trial. The businessman has a stake in Internet phone company Magicjack Vocaltec. He was a co-founder of the Telco Communications Group and controls the Donald A. Burns Foundation. Brank, who performs as Jarec Wentworth, was charged in March with extortion and making criminal threats after the FBI arrested him in a sting at a Starbucks parking lot in El Segundo. Federal prosecutors say Brank extorted Burns and threatened to ruin his reputation by posting sexually explicit photos on Twitter.

While Burns has been characterized by some outlets as major GOP donor due to his support of Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Rudy Giuliani, and other top Republicans, he has also supported the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and donated $400,000 to Florida Red & Blue, the group formed to battle 2008’s ultimately successful Amendment 2, which placed a ban on same-sex marriage into the state constitution. Burns reportedly went to the FBI when Brank demanded an additional million dollars after having been paid $500,000 and given an extremely expensive Audi R8. There’s no mention of Burns being closeted at the time of the alleged extortion. Brank performed under the name Jarec Wentworth.

  • JT

    “I really thought that was a tent pole!”

  • Jake

    He’ll sure be popular in prison

    • another_steve

      The perfect manicuring of the facial hair will suffer somewhat… but yes, he’ll be quite popular.

      • cjs

        From what it looks like from someone’s NSFW Google image search with the safe search off (see above comments and open in Incognito mode on Chrome) … probably as the top for the most part.

  • Gustav2

    Commence Magicjack jokes

    • Doug105

      Ya, used one about 4 years now.

  • JT

    Imagine that. MagicJack!

  • BeaverTales

    Slimeballs all around. Homocons, blackmailers.

    • another_steve

      Yes, but if ya gotta be a slimeball, look like Teofil, goddamnit.

      • BeaverTales

        Sorry, stupid is not a good look. He already had 500K and an expensive car, but his greed has sent him behind bars for awhile. Mr. Burns is just out a couple mil (out of 140M) and has some bad publicity. BFD.

        Teofil won’t be so pretty after he goes to prison and some of the thugs rearrange his face because Reasons.

      • 2karmanot

        Al Parker look’a’like

  • Octavio

    Moral of the story: Don’t be in the closet.

    • Jake

      He wasn’t.

      • Octavio

        From what I read it appears that he was and that’s why he was being extorted. Otherwise, why hide having sex with another man — porn actor or no?

        • Ninja0980

          Being a big wig and have sex with a porn star could hurt your image.

          • Octavio

            Not if you’re Donald Trump. πŸ™‚

          • Doug105

            Only with the political parties, and if you’re not running for office it shouldn’t be that big of a deal, other than the closet.

        • ClevelandJim

          Likely because prostitution is illegal in most places, lol. And he has that IMAGE to protect!

        • Cousin Bleh

          Jarec wasn’t threatening to out him. He was threatening to post sexually explicit pictures of him.

          Considering he gave up an Audi and 500K, I’m gonna go ahead and assume he has pics of him getting double fisted.

          • Octavio

            Now I’m even more interested. By all means, I want to see a sort of flabby middle-age guy getting double fisted. Who doesn’t want to see that?

            Damn, and I can’t even get El Squeeze to pose for a selfie when were in bed. I’m gettin’ a raw deal. πŸ™

          • BlueberriesForMe

            It’s a hard knock life.

          • clay

            (ask to do it with HIS phone)

            (not that I would know anything about that)

          • “Who doesn’t want to see [a sort of flabby middle-age guy getting double fisted?]”

            I’ll confess, I don’t. And I’m usually up for that kind of thing.

          • 2karmanot

            It helps to have a double-wide sling!

          • Why does your second paragraph make me think of these two?
            Lui & L’Orso http://the-bear-and-him.tumblr.com/

          • Octavio

            Goo question. Orso is hardly middle-age and flabby. Lui’s just an otter. Thanks for the link. That’s a very amusing gay cartoon strip. I’ve never seen it before. πŸ™‚

        • Lantor

          I imagine what was being extorted is that he was paying for sex. I further imagine that, more than being gay, would be frowned upon in his circles if he had to go to jail for it.

    • Blake Jordan

      Some rich guys just like paying straight guys for sex…

      • Ginger Snap

        Poor little me manages to get the “straight” guys in bed for free no problem.

        • barracks9

          And STILL make them pay for the drinks!

          • Ginger Snap

            Boom! You got that right barracks9.

        • CanuckDon

          hehe….sometimes living on the poor side of town has its advantages! No one will recognize the rich, “straight” ones.

        • Octavio

          That’s primarily because of your perspicacious winning personality. The tits help, too. πŸ™‚

          • Ginger Snap

            I’m much better at bedding the “straights” in boy drag. Must be my French/Irish charms. I think we ts my thick ass and read hair though and my eager mouth πŸ˜‰

        • BlueberriesForMe

          That’s because gingersnaps are awesome.

          • BlueberriesForMe

          • Ginger Snap

            Especially soaked in milk, well soy milk now.

        • DonnaLee

          Dear you’re just that good at getting what you want. πŸ˜‰

          • Ginger Snap

            My Mother said the world is my oyster so I go for the pearl any time I can.

    • MickinDetroit

      he isn’t in the closet. the moral of the story is don’t pay porn stars for sex and to be your pimp if you’re concerned about your reputation.

  • ScottJL

    A divorce would have been just as expensive..

    • clay

      but usually your spouse is not also your pimp, usually.

  • JT

    This self-hating closet case contributed to the turning back of same sex marriage in Florida. [Update: I retract that. Apologies. See below.]

    • Jake

      No, he donated to the organization that was pro-gay marriage

      • JT

        You’re right; this excerpt says that. I read earlier that he did.

        • JoeMyGod

          You probably saw that in the Broward New Times. They got it backwards.

  • ClevelandJim

    “‘It was partly a coping mechanism from the loss of my long-term relationship,’ Burns said in response to a
    prosecutor’s question why he had paid Brank to help set him up with the men.”

    Gotta call bullshit on that sympathy ploy. The correct answer is “because I could afford to.” He’s a rich horndog who obviously has no issue with paying for sex, why not be honest about it? A-List Gays and their games are annoying.

    • Octavio

      Exactly.

    • Gustav2

      but..but..but you honor, it was only couch change!

    • Ginger Snap

      And if he would have been out he probably would never have been blackmailed. I know everyone has their issues with coming out but really.

      • clay

        unless he was afraid of being charged with soliciting a prostitute?

        • Ginger Snap

          True but unless you are caught in the act of solicitation there is really no issue.

          • ClevelandJim

            And I seem to remember reading, back when this all came out (no pun), that he was given immunity for his cooperation in the extortion case.

          • Ginger Snap

            I think I read that also and it was probably here on JMG.

      • DonnaLee

        I’m kind of thinking if you can be blackmailed for being gay, you’re doing it wrong. Your choices are come out or pay….really up to that person. In my personal life I so do not care what is said truthfully about me. If it’s not the truth, that’s a different story.

    • crewman

      I agree. However, no one deserves to be blackmailed. I hope Brank spends a lot of time in prison.

      • ClevelandJim

        I agree completely, hope I didn’t come of as defending the beautiful Mr Wentworth. But, he’s not the only one who technically broke the law, and if Burns hadn’t made an illegal choice initially, the extortion never would have been possible.

        • Goodboy

          Oh no. I hope he didn’t get caught buying some pot too. Then he’d really be in trouble.

    • daveinsf

      It is the right strategy in the courtroom and has enough element of truth to pass the lie detector test. If he was recently single and horny, why not….

      • Gustav2

        He should have called a shadkhin

    • Gerry Fisher

      On the one hand, I hear you. On the other hand, I’ll grant him this attempt at softening the answer a bit.

  • another_steve

    I can sense this isn’t going to be one of the more “intellectual” comment threads on JMG today. LMAO.

    Two observations:

    (1) Teofil Brank? Really? Like… that’s a real name?

    (2) Teofil, you hot and sexy dreamboy you: I am available to be extorted from.

    Please let me know when they release you from jail.

    • TheManicMechanic

      That’s not a name, it’s a fly-by-night pharmaceutical company.

    • MrRobotoLA

      Teofil is the Eastern European version of the Biblical name Theophilus.

      • another_steve

        Does the “philus” part connote “big dick”?

  • Gest2016

    I’ve never been extorted, but I’ve been black male(d) a few times.

  • Cousin Bleh

    Kid got $500,000 and an Audi R8… and still wanted more.

    Fucking millennials.

    • Octavio

      πŸ™‚

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      hes hot but nobodys worth that just for some dick

      • Octavio

        Maybe he walked the dogs and did some light house keeping too? πŸ™‚

        • TheManicMechanic

          I’m sure luggage was lifted.

        • oikos
          • JT

            Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

          • Christopher-in-SanFrancisco

            I would LOVE someone to do my windows. It’s been a bit too long since I’ve had my windows done. ; )

          • JT

            “While you’re here, could you clean my ccc… clock?”

          • Mark

            I do windows – guaranteed streak free…

          • I’d be happy to discipline you until you did them yourself.

          • William

            Hey, my house has windows. I wonder if I can pay him in cats.

          • Blake J Butler

            (sigh) the butt. Always was a sucker for the butt. and other things, but the Ass is (one) of my weaknesses.

      • Failure

        This is ridiculous. So called “hot guys”, in addition to being stuck up and arrogant, also demand to be rich based on looks.

        • RoFaWh

          He’s smart enough to know that looks don’t last, and he has to make financial hay while the sun shines. If he runs his business well and invests the proceeds astutely, he may be fairly well set up for the rest of his life.

          Hence the attention paid to grooming. This boy is a thoroughgoing professional and knows that the right look can be the difference between commanding premium fees and nearly having to give your services away free.

          • barrixines

            I don’t know – I’ve found being plain and grateful has served me pretty well in life.

          • Failure

            In short, this is the vacuous side of being gay: the hate in the love-hate relationship. Love supporting marriage equality and rights but this shallowness is why there is only so much that I can tolerate…

          • Cousin Bleh

            He’s not gay though. He’s a straight man who discovered that he can get paid a lot of money (and an Audi!) to have sex with men.

        • Todd20036

          I don’t demand to be rich based on my looks. I just demand that my looks look like I demand to be rich based on my looks.

      • another_steve

        “hes hot but nobodys worth that just for some dick”

        Well…in university I had two queer brother friends and the three of us would sit around on campus and admire the passing sights:

        another_steve: “Oh…he’s hot!”

        Bro #1: “Yes, but he’s in my biology class and he’s mentally vacant.”

        Bro #2: “Well, you’re not really interested in fucking a good grade point average, are you?”

        • cjs

          They’re good for fun but forget about relationships.

          My common phrase, after looking at what some of ’em post on Facebook: “Bless his heart. It’s a good thing he’s pretty.”

      • Polterguest

        I don’t find trash to be hot.

      • Matt the Bruins fan

        I remember hearing scuttlebutt that Lukas Ridgeston’s asking price was seven figures back in the day. Worth it IMHO.

    • Gyeo

      Clearly he wasn’t fucking millennials though. We’re all too broke and and got like a 100000 case student loan. (Not me though, I was smart enough to get by with less loans)

      • “fewer” loans, dear.

        a rule you missed in your low cost college: fewer is discreet. less is general. if you actually know how many loans you have compared to some, you know you have fewer of them. it’s OK to say “less debt” (indiscriminate amount).

        i’m sorry, i’m an older pedant who got a good education. also, “100,000.”

        • Gyeo

          I also did have less loans too. πŸ™‚ Most of my friends pulled out 3 to 4 loans. I took two loans and I supplemented the rest with scholarships and grants. At the end of it, I only have to pay back 20,000.

          Still broke though.

          • honey, TPTB spent more than $300K on my education, and i’m still broke. do not think i mock you.

            i’m just a boring pedant as a result. languages are changing, violently. i wonder what standards our children will adhere to, or our grandchildren.

            lol catz and kenji will be a weird universal language.

          • Gyeo

            I didn’t think you were mocking me.

        • Cousin Bleh

          Stannis approves…

          • i’ve read most of the books. missing the joke here. Stannis?

            i suppose i would have a torrid affair with the Red Witch. she seems hot, so to speak.

          • Cousin Bleh

            It’s from a scene on the show. A member of the Night’s Watch said “less than” and Stannis corrected him.

            Grammar morgulis.

          • MickinDetroit

            Shame Nun does not approve of bad grammar!

          • oh, you so win the interwebs for that today. heh.

        • Good Shot Green

          Less snow, fewer inches of snow.

          A pedant who doesn’t capitalize the first word in a sentence?

          • DonnaLee

            C.D. has her reasons.

        • Marcus

          Agreed, but your education could have been better yet. I think you mean “discrete,” rather than “discreet.”

          • McSwagg

            Gotta love the ‘pendants’ when they get it wrong!

    • Lee

      During the trial Burns admitted that he’s given MacKinzie Amadon ( https://www.facebook.com/MGAGrandMarnierSD ), another Sean Cody model named Ashton over $200K.

      Straight boys are greedy!!

      • Cousin Bleh

        Mr. Burns has a type.

      • Doug105

        Should have just went to sugardaddy com and hired on a monthly basis.

    • JT

      “Fucking millennials.” Yes, it can be a very good thing.

      But seriously, with their overwhelmingly supportive attitudes about same sex sex and marriage, more power to them.

      • Gyeo

        Our generation has it’s problems. But every generation has it’s problems.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Why can’t they extort the way WE used to extort. Old School Extortion!

      • BobSF_94117

        I wonder how much I’d have to pay him to stay off my lawn…

    • Jacob

      According to the Millennial Report 75% of millennials give to charity. They are the leading generation of micro-charitable givers. All those text $5 to whatever? That’s them. I’m 54 and even though I am no fan of dissociated hipsters, I’m honest enough to admit I come from one of the most selfish generations in American history. But maybe you were joking?

      • Jacob

        As a reply to myself, remember to text $5 to Grayson’s campaign.

      • Cousin Bleh

        There’s a Millennial Report?

        I assume it’s just a collection of selfies.

        • Jacob

          Bleh is right.

  • Blake Jordan

    These gay-for-pay performers, especially from Sean Cody, are a damaged lot…

    I think I have heard of two former “models” that ended up killing people…

  • SunsetGay

    You got an Audi R8, half a mil and that still wasn’t enough for you???

    Fuck this gold-digging criminal asshole. There are too many in our community. Get a job like the rest of us and stop expecting some rich sugar-daddy to sweep you off your feet to Mykonos.

    I don’t care if the guy was a GOP donor. He was still entitled to his privacy and respect. Extorting closeted Republicans is exactly the sort of activity that Tony Perkins and his ilk would just love to pounce on as another example of the Gay Mafia trampling on peoples’ rights.

  • GarySFBCN
    • Octavio

      Thanks Mr. GarySFBCN,
      Looks like he’s been a very busy and successful “straight” actor in a lot of gay porn videos. If he’s straight, I’m the Queen of France!

      I particularly like the photos of him sitting on the exceptionally large talents of his cast mates. Yeah, that’s what “straight” porn actors do, they let gay porn actors ravish their rosebuds. Yeah . . . that’s it. LOL!

      • ClevelandJim

        I thought he identified as bi. Is the article reporting him as straight?

        • Cousin Bleh

          Another article said he was with his girlfriend when he was arrested.

        • Octavio

          I didn’t see anything about the “actor” being straight. But several others have mentioned they think or thought he is/was. I, however, need more convincing evidence. πŸ™‚

          Or incriminating. Ether will do. πŸ™‚

          • Gyeo

            He’s “straight” because he appeared on Sean Cody and on that site you’re straight until otherwise noted (which I don’t believe for a second).

          • Octavio

            I’m not a big Sean Cody fan (actually, I don’t know anything of it or his reputation). But I’ve rarely met a bi male have such a big smile on his face when I’ve had the pleasure of — shall we say — “fulfilling their deepest fantasy.” And that boy sure does have a purdy smile. πŸ™‚

          • ClevelandJim

            There’s plenty of video “documentation” out there! lol Gotta say I was really disappointed when this story broke, Wentworth has always been a favorite. He’s obviously a beautiful looking man, and came off as upbeat and basically grounded, with a nice sense of humor. He really didn’t have that “shady” edge to him like a lot of the pornyboys.

    • clay

      Of which one?

    • cjs

      Well, I know what will take up my afternoon…

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Pray tell…

        • cjs

          Pornhub & lubricant.

    • Ben in Oakland

      Nice photos, because his mother know what he does for a living?

  • LonelyLiberal

    What movies has he been in? I’m asking for a friend’s dick.

    • ClevelandJim

      Try cruising thru seancody and men.com πŸ˜‰

    • Paulo Drussi

      He was best with Randy Blue

  • PLAINTOM

    Caveat emptor πŸ˜‰

  • TheManicMechanic

    Boo? Boourns?? ~(_8^(|)

  • Lee

    Joe, you missed one of the juiciest parts. One of the Sean Cody models testified that they were afraid to testify because of his history with David Geffen: https://www.scribd.com/doc/270980222/Griggs-Cross

    • Christopher-in-SanFrancisco

      Holy cow! I loved that part where he basically said it wasn’t fair that since the other guy is getting $150,000, he should get that much for being his friend.

      Still though…it’s a fascinating story. Where did you find the transcript of the deposition?

  • Sporkfighter

    You can’t be blackmailed if you’re out and proud.

    • MickinDetroit

      It seems not to be over the closeted stuff…more wanting to be discreet about paying porn stars and hookers for sex.

      • Sporkfighter

        $500,000 is too much discrete. I’d respect him more if he said “Sure, I paid for him for sex … I paid him well for being good at his job.”

        • MickinDetroit

          500k is not a lot of money to someone worth 150 million.

  • BoringLawyer

    Such expensive hookers. Dude coulda had me if he paid off my student loans and bought me a bus ticket.

    • brian

      Go on…

    • AJ

      I’m with you. I’m still in law school, so payoff my debt and get me a roundtrip plane ticket and I’m there haha.

  • SammySeattle

    All the more reason to live out and proud. Brank: “I’m going to to tell folks about you and show them pictures.”, Me: “Make sure not to leave out any details, and please, more left-profile pics.”

    • justmeeeee

      Don’s not closeted, but the details of the sexcapades might give some Palm Beachers a case of the vapors.

  • Is it just me, or does the unfortunate Mr. Burns looks as if he’s had substantial cosmetic surgery with the apparent intent of making him look more like Jeb Bush?

    In any case, as a fat guy, I can say that I’ve rarely seen eye work on heavier men that doesn’t go sadly awry…

    • JCF

      Ooh, you beat me to “looks like a Bush”.

  • coram nobis

    “Jarec Wentworth” is kind of a ridiculous nom-de-porn; it sounds more like a character from Poldark or Downton Abbey. I thought porn stars had more emphatic names like Brad Tornup, or Brent Surfpunk, or Euripides Pantsov.

    In this case, Rugg Burns was already taken.

    • JCF

      LOL!

  • JT

    NC lifeguard’s rainbow flag met with tsunami of complaints: β€˜They thought I would only rescue gay people’

    Knock, knock. Is anybody home?

    This demonstrates just how the minds of racists work: exclude rather than include.

  • gaymex

    When I was a youngster I worked as a night clerk at a gay motel. Every month or so the owner would show me a magazine with photos of male “models” and point to a particular guy and ask me to go to the airport to pick him up and bring him back to the motel, which I dutifully did. From what I gather the going rate then was four or five hundred bucks cash and round trip airfare. They were happy and he was happy and I got to hear the story from two points of view–one from the motel owner and one from the “guest” on the way back to the airport. The models were usually young actors who needed the money while they waited for their big break. Some were really beautiful and most professed to be straight.

  • William

    He would make a talented cellmate….

  • fiizok

    This story is a lot funnier if you know what a complete nothingville El Segundo is. To be arrested there, of all places, is the height of ignominy.

    • KQCA

      You said it, ain’t it the truth.

    • DonnaLee

      That caught my attention too. I guess he figured nothing really goes on there, nobody will notice the pay-to-play in the background.

  • Cuberly

    http://users.planetmadtv.com/hivolt/MADtv/poolie.gif

    I think Dixie could have given Burns a pointer or two.

    And sheesh, yet another homocon.

  • Slippy_World

    Str8up gay porn has been covering the trial with “live tweets” I’ve been waiting for something along the lines of “….if the condom don’t fit you must acquit ….” juicy stuff all around and quite a window into the world of the SC “gay for pay” guys and the rich 1% who hire them ( MR Magic Jack indeed ) -the David Geffin “history” in testimony was revealing.

    https://twitter.com/Str8UpGayPorn

    • Slippy_World

      Str8UpGayPorn ‏@Str8UpGayPorn 7m7 minutes ago
      Jury just came back with a question..asking for definition of “commerce” (with regard to count 2, “extortion affecting interstate commerce)

      duhh You can’t make this stuff up ….

  • KQCA

    I wish the hustler had taken this opportunity to merely expose Burns for the sake of the LGBT community’s efforts. Instead, he chose greed. He’s on his own on this one.

  • bambinoitaliano

    MagicJack founder searching for Magic Mike to enhance the service?

  • bkmn

    You can be rich and still be a moron.

  • BaddogLtd

    “Jarec Wentworth”? I thought gay pornstars had names like “Cliff Kincaid”. Oh wait, that one’s taken. http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/btb/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/cliff-kincaid.png

  • Porkie

    Jarec Went(not)worth.

  • fkevin

    Seems Mr. Burns has no problem taking his boys out in public. Perhaps he wanted the full boyfriend experience: http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/party-pictures/2014/enchanted-evenings
    See the bottom of the page.

    • Goodboy

      Ha. He wouldn’t be the first one.

    • Goodboy

      Might be easier to just post the pic though. Lots of high society pics to scroll through.

  • Dazzer

    Breaking NEWS: Brank has been found guilty of all six charges of extortion and faces 6-9 years in prison. He’ll be sentenced in September.

    • Goodboy

      No big surprise.

  • Jeffrey

    I hope he goes to jail for extortion. Let’s see how much that ass goes for in prison.

  • JCF

    Not commenting, except to say, doesn’t Burns (the extortion victim) look like a Bush?! [I’m thinking on Barbara’s side of the family]

  • JCF

    Oh, Tycoon Burns, when will you realize Smithers is in love w/ you????

    http://www.fanmania.net/waylonsmithers.jpg

  • The Larry Mac

    So the R8 is up for grabs now, right?

    DIBS!

  • Rick

    Puttin’ the sore in sordid.

  • Is it just me or does MagicJack sound like lube to accompany your FleshLight?

  • NowAnAgnostic

    “While Burns has been characterized by some outlets as major GOP donor due to his support of Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Rudy Giuliani, and other top Republicans, he has also supported the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and donated $400,000 to Florida Red & Blue, . . .”

    If Mr Burns had not been a major GOP donor in the past, he could have saved himself $400,000. After all, Amendment 2 was the work of the very GOP politicians he supported.

  • justmeeeee

    Hmmmm….this news has been out for a couple of months now. I knew DB well when he was young and pretty. Well, prettier.

  • Cody Shiranai

    Well, that explains why he hasn’t been on Randy Blue for a while now.

  • Sean Taylor

    he should be jailed for that terrible porn name if nothing else