CALIFORNIA: Ninth Circuit Court Upholds Gay Porn Actor’s Conviction For Blackmailing Tech Tycoon

Courthouse News Service reports:

The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a gay porn actor’s conviction for blackmailing a Florida tech tycoon, ruling that fear of reputational harm supported the government’s federal extortion charges.

Teofil Brank was a popular porn actor performing under the stage name Jarec Wentworth when in early 2015 he demanded $1 million from Donald Burns, the chairman of internet phone company MagicJack VocalTec.

By that time, Burns had already parted with a flashy Audi R8 sports car and $500,000, fearing that Brank would reveal to his thousands of Twitter followers that he had been paying the actor thousands of dollars to procure male prostitutes and other porn actors for sex.

Brank was arrested by an undercover FBI agent after Burns reported the extortion plot. There’s much more at the link. My original 2015 report on the case is here.