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.

  • Lazycrockett

    A sketchy porn actor?, you don’t say?!

  • coram nobis

    “He’s mad who places his trust in the tameness of a wolf, a horse’s health, a boy’s love, or a whore’s oath.” — King Lear

    • CB

      “Golden lads and girls all must, as chimney sweepers, come to dust.”
      –Cymbeline

      • ben-andy

        Odd, I thought of Jaques in As you Like it w/ Brank as “a soldier,

        Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
        Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon’s mouth”.

        And Burns as “the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lined,
        With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances;
        And so he plays his part.”

        But he’s really become “the lean and slippered pantaloon,
        With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
        His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
        For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
        Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
        And whistles in his sound.”

        • CB

          One of the reasons I love JMG is that we can be talking Shakespeare in a thread about a criminal porn actor.

          The one I think of for trump is always about Malvolio:

          “Unless you laugh and minister occasion to him, he is gagged.”

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Could you be a little more clear as to which one we’re talking about here?

      • Treant

        Pick one, really.

      • coram nobis

        I think it’s #4.

    • edrex

      but two out of three ain’t bad.

      “nothing gold can stay.”

  • gaycuckhubby

    Good

  • alc2018
    • NZArtist

      I really and sincerely wish I hadn’t.

    • greenmanTN

      All I think about them right now is they’re in the way.

    • Steve Smith

      I never could understand why men pay large sums of money for underpants with some other bloke’s name on the elastic. To me, it seems beyond ridiculous when you can get perfectly decent plain ones for a fraction of the price.

      • Gustav2

        Just who was that Mr Hanes?

        • Henry Auvil

          Personally, I could never understand why a dude would sport undies with a “Fruit of the Loom” label.

          • mpatreyu

            Advertising? ;

      • alc2018

        But they’re TOM FORD….

  • greenmanTN

    “Amateur: he could have milked that guy for YEARS if he hadn’t been so greedy for a payoff in the short term!”- Melania Trump

  • Ken

    Seems to be a fine line between this sort of extortion and what Trump does: pays off hush money to those who have the goods on him. Only he does it with lawyers.

    • The_Wretched

      Right, he should have gotten a better attorney to negotiate for him.

      OTOH, $500K and an expensive car is about all it’s worth. He got greedy.

  • Leo

    You’re not supposed to paint with a broad brush against porn actors (specifically the gay-for-pay ones, sorry), but given this in immediate succession to the story of the doctor’s murder in Ketchikan, Alaska by another and it’s kind of :/

    • gaycuckhubby

      There has been a shocking number of murders committed by gay porn stars over the last 3 or 4 years

      • Lazycrockett

        Yesterday a Sean Cody ex model got charged with murder.

      • Ninja0980

        A lot of them linked to Sean Cody too.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Leo
  • andrew

    Burns had already given Brank $500 thousand and an Audi R8 sports car to buy his silence. Brank wanted a lot more money. The jerk got too greedy and belongs in prison.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Dotard Trump: Let this be a valuable lesson for Stormy.

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      Seriously. He went too many times to the well.

      • Cipher

        Magic Jack, contrary to the advertisements ‘As Seen On TV’, wore out…

  • Slippy_World
  • Treant

    Honey, for five hundred grand and an Audi…well, I don’t need five hundred grand and an Audi. Mr. Burns looks nice, if easily frightened by idiots.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Blackmail is blackmail.
    Do the crime, … do the time.

  • fuzzybits

    He better get prepared to go from a comfy bed to a cot and a toilet in the corner.

    • Dazzer

      He’s already in prison and has been for a couple of years.

      • fuzzybits

        Cool,then I hope he’s acclimated.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Gustav2
  • Lazycrockett
    • safari

      Just another bump in the road.

    • Treant

      Breaking >> I hear a huge sucking sound, as if tens of millions of tourist dollars just decided to go somewhere else.

  • safari

    Extortion is bad.

    Unless hypocritical, we should get over the entire sleeping with prostitutes thing and let those who want it do so.

    • Outing of hypocrites is okay imho. Blackmail is a crime no matter who you are doing it to. He’s going to jail as well he should.

  • BeaverTales

    Burns isn’t supporting homophobic causes.
    Escorts have a code of honor (I think), and
    “Jarec” already had been paid a fortune (500K+ high end Audi) for his time…
    so zero sympathy for porn-guy’s douchebaggery, I hope he rots in jail.

  • Mb

    I admit to being a fan of Jarek’s “work” and I have a file in my computer of him and another Sean Cody actor named Zack who was just charged with murdering someone in Alaska. Seems Sean Cody has a history of hiring actors with criminal tendencies. These aren’t the only two I have read about.

    • safari

      I’m trying to figure out how many Power Rangers have committed murder.

      • The_Wretched

        Is it really murder to off bad guys with a zord?

  • Leo

    OT. This is our lives now.

    Quincy Jones says he fucked Ivanka, Netanyahu may be charged with corruption, a former general says we’re in a banana republic. The last 5 hours.

    I still haven’t processed that this is news now. It’s pace. This is the world now.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Quincy Jones is full of shit

      • The_Wretched

        And those poopies are bananas
        b a n a n a s

      • Yeah I read the whole interview. I’d take all of it with a grain of salt.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      Do try to keep up, darling :=).
      Have another martini – around here it’s almost 5 o’clock.

    • Generic Commenter

      There is still one saving grace: you may turn off your computer!

  • gaycuckhubby

    Wait? Rob Porter is dating Hope Hicks?

  • Ninja0980

    Quite a few of Sean Cody’s models have gotten into trouble.
    This is the only one not charged with murdering someone.

    • Dazzer

      The real stable of murderers, though, is at Lucas entertainment.

      Sean Cody is still a bit neophyte as a home to killers in comparison.

      • gaycuckhubby

        I like you

    • HZ81

      I met one of their murder models, Addison, once. Before he murdered, of course. And like many a murderer, he was charming as all fuck.

      • Ninja0980

        I knew someone that knew him as well and just got a creepy feeling from him, especially given the fact that he was faking being from South Africa.
        Never dreamed he would end up doing what he did though.

        • HZ81

          No way, he was faking it? Ha!! He did work an accent, but I didn’t talk extensively with him and don’t recall him saying where he was from. He was Djing at a bar I was sloshing at. He was just glorious to look at and again, very charming. Too bad about getting all murdery.

    • Dayglo

      I hate it when a pornstar asks “Does this rag smell like chloroform to you?”

  • HZ81

    Between Jarec getting all stealy and Topher Dimaggio getting all rapey, who can I jerk off to responsibly? 🙂

    • Generic Commenter

      Real amateurs

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
    • The_Wretched

      Pruitt is on the wrong side of many environmental lawsuits from the epa (which he chairs now…). If global warming is good, then the cases lose much of their merit. This is him being corrupt.

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        Fortunately his opinion as to technical and and scientific matters are irrelevant in federal court

    • safari

      The old guard needs to die.

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        They need to be dragged out of their offices and strung up

      • Gustav2
        • The_Wretched

          I’m 45 and look at least 20 years younger than him. Geez evil ages you.

        • safari

          I find age to be irrelevant in the “old” vs “new” guard divide.

    • Karl Dubhe

      Yah, people who are invested in the fuel industry tend to argue bullshit like that. It’s not like they expect to be alive when the ecosystem goes tits up.

    • JCF
  • MBI

    *excellent*

  • another_steve

    NOTICE TO ALL MALE PORN ARTISTS

    I am available to be blackmailed.

    Contact “another_steve” here on JMG.

    • Dayglo

      Steve — Have some self-respect … insist that they pay YOU!

      • another_steve

        Lol.

        Thirty years ago, maybe.

        Today… not. 😉

    • Generic Commenter

      Just out of morbid curiosity, what is your current net worth, another_steve? 🙂

      • another_steve

        If I sold my car, my cat and my husband, I could afford the monthly blackmail payments.

  • Leo
    • Cuberly Deux

      Imagine that.

  • Leo
    • The_Wretched

      Dems – we’d like to not hurt people who are part of the fabric of the US.
      Reps – nope, but hey, maybe we can destabilize the federal budget some more with a give away to the healthcare industry?

    • Andymac3

      This is not good.

  • justmeeeee

    Damn, and I fucked him for free (but he was much prettier then).

  • safari
    • HZ81

      Yes!!

    • Dayglo

      Bill Maher will proclaim “fake news!” He’s an unwavering supporter of Netanyahu.

    • Generic Commenter

      Do Israeli police chiefs act as prosecutors in that country?

  • Andymac3

    Silly Tech Tycoon, I’d have been totally fine with $500,000, brunch and free voip.

  • Henry Auvil

    Note to self: Go to Pornhub search later and type in “Jarec Wentworth”. Let the fapping commence…

    • Generic Commenter

      You have to write a note to yourself, to remind you to wank? 🙂

  • Sam_Handwich

    this is me in my final porn appearance, the orgy scene in Brunch Party Babylon 4: Between the Buns
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/32e2d5d1dda40b8695e1a54301ea21b4a990231e959051ea6cceb6e3d1b5f15d.jpg

    • safari

      Is that… pineapple?

      How naughty.

    • The_Wretched

      Nice stacks there, lots of meat, sauce. Good skewering and some garnish.

    • Gustav2

      I just had a flashback to the late 70’s movie ‘Caligula’

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FHN7qMqOvE

      • BobSF_94117

        Can you imagine the cast parties?

      • charemor

        One of the few movies that I almost walked out on.

      • darren lyle

        The unedited release had a short fisting scene. Overall it was not a good movie. It seemed to me they were trying to pull off another: “Salo, The 120 Days of Sodom.” by Pasolini, but failed by a long stretch. When you think about films of this type, in many ways the depth of depravity they wished to convey has since been far surpassed by today’s torture porn releases like “Saw, (1 through 138),” “Hostel,” and “Centipede.” In my view there is little connection between the two genres. One can watch real people getting really killed right on the evening news now. We are a violent species.

        • Ginger Snap

          I used to love old school horror movies when it was suspense from the unseen not blood and gore that scared the shit out of me.

    • greenmanTN

      *sniff* Hussy.

    • Cuberly Deux
    • Ninja0980

      Slut!

    • misterjack

      Look how delicious you were!

    • Reality.Bites

      I’m assuming audiences didn’t find you to be a believable top?

    • tonyg

      What app does a sandwich use for hookups…Grinder? I’ll let myself out.

      • Bambino

        George Foreman grill?

    • Bambino

      Oh you are the Caligula of sandwich.

      • RoFaWh

        Can you play a handwich with a bow while Rome burns?

    • MB

      “Handwich Mingle” – coming soon to an internet handwich shop near you…..

    • Generic Commenter

      Why did you decide to leave porn? Was it for politics? 🙂

    • JCF

      You can’t beat THAT meat!

  • Capritaur

    So in the end everyone went down in flames, Burns got outed, his johnhood got exposed, lost a crap load of money, and his lover-extortioner went to prison. The closet is such a terrible place.

  • mpatreyu

    I’m looking at this article just for the picture

    • andrew

      Subscribe to Sean Cody, they have an archives full of scenes with this hot model and lots of others. This is an eyewitness account. LOL.

  • misterjack

    Sheesh, what ever happened to the ‘Whore with a Heart of Gold’?

    • Bambino

      Melonoma almost choke on her diet coke.

  • Ninja0980

    No pity at all for him.
    You want to be a blackmailer, that’s your right.
    Just be prepared to suffer the consequences.

    • BobSF_94117

      Six years in prison seems pretty harsh.

      • Federal Sentencing is much more harsh than most states’ criminal sentencing guidelines.. plus 85% of the sentence has to be served before parole is considered..

        • TJay229

          There is no parole in the Federal System.

          • You are correct. My Bad.

  • William

    wrong story

  • JWC

    Greedy he was but half the quilt belongs to the fat rich procurer H e was happy to nail lBrank but liked all the pretty boys he brought along Who ended up in jail , the low life street person not the respectable rich white businessman (R)

  • e jerry powell

    Another not-so-bright Sean Cody boy getting greedy…

    • andrew

      I have read that some of the really hot Sean Cody models did turn down big money offers to sleep with Burns.

  • Generic Commenter

    Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt dissented from part of the Court’s Memorandum decision; in his opinion, the Defendant’s conviction under the Hobbs Act should have been reversed, as he felt the Hobbs Act does not criminalize threatened extortion, where the harm is “only” to the victim’s business reputation.

    U.S. v. Brank, Nos. 15-50467, 2:15-cr-00131-JFW-1 (Unpub. mem. 9th Cir. Feb 6, 2018) (opinion of Reinhardt, J., concurring and dissenting), at *6-*8.

  • ultragreen

    Who cares whether this businessman slept with a male porn star and other people? Why would this damage his reputation? This is supposed to be the 21st century.

  • #DJTK5F

    Get an attorney. Negotiate a post-facto non-disclosure agreement. Avoid jail.