Simon Cowell caught up in ‘X Factor’ prostitute scandal

Sept. 1, 2010, 8:08 PM EST


Music mogul Simon Cowell has refused to kick an escort off his hit British talent show “The X Factor,” insisting, “We haven’t banned prostitutes.”

Chloe Mafia, 20, has made it past the first stage of the competition, despite tabloid reports suggesting the wannabe pop star had been working as a $240-an-hour prostitute.

And Cowell is adamant the single mom will not be axed because of her controversial activities.

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He tells The Sun newspaper, “We can’t just take people off the show because they might do something that upsets some people. If a person applies to be on ‘The X Factor’ it’s obvious to me that they want to do something better with their life.”

Cowell, who quit as a judge on “American Idol” in May, is currently in talks to bring his “X Factor” show to the U.S.

See original at MSN

Transgender porn star shares story (Buck Angel)

By David Burt
Contributing Reporter
Published Monday, February 15, 2010

Charlie Croom/Photography Editor. Buck Angel, a transgender porn star, said at a Pierson Master’s Tea that he “wasn’t hiding anymore” after his sex change.

Despite receiving an anonymous threat before his visit, Buck Angel, a female-to-male transgender porn star, spoke at a Master’s Tea as part of Sex Week at Yale on Saturday.

Angel shared his life story with an audience of about 50 students at the Pierson College master’s house. He emphasized the importance of self-acceptance and urged people not to submit to the labels society assigns them. Some students said they disagree with his participation in pornography, while others said they enjoyed his message.

Angel grew up in Southern California as a girl who enjoyed sports and often hung out with the boys, he said; both his family and his neighbors treated him like a boy. Continue reading

A Few Questions for Belle de Jour, Call Girl and Scientist

November 20, 2009, 1:30 pm

In 2003, a young American woman in London studying for her PhD. ran into money trouble. To support herself while writing her thesis, she joined an escort service. Under the assumed name Belle de Jour, she started to blog her experiences. That blog led to a series of successful, jaunty memoirs beginning with 2005’s The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl. The books were adapted for television in the U.K. (where she is portrayed by Billie Piper) and later in the U.S. All the while, as Belle de Jour garnered more attention — and criticism, for portraying prostitution as a glamorous career choice — the woman behind Belle de Jour struggled to keep her anonymity. This month, as an ex-boyfriend threatened to blow her cover, Belle approached one of her critics, the London journalist India Knight of the Sunday Times, to reveal her identity. That resulted in an article, published Nov. 15, outing her as Dr. Brooke Magnanti, 34, a neurotoxicologist at the Bristol Initiative for Research of Child Health. This week, she agreed to answer a few questions for the Freakonomics blog, about her work as a call girl and as a scientist. Continue reading

Brooke Phillips, HBO “Cathouse” Brothel Star, and Unborn Child, Shot Dead Before Arson

Brooke Phillips

Brooke Phillips (AP Photo/Dennis Hof)

November 17, 2009 7:00 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (CBS/AP) Brooke Phillips, a pregnant Nevada brothel worker who appeared in an HBO reality series “Cathouse,” and another 22-year-old mom-to-be, had been fatally shot before firefighters discovered their bodies in a burning Oklahoma City home, investigators said last Friday.

Oklahoma City Police Department spokesman Sgt. Gary Knight said Nov. 13 the Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Brooke Phillips and Milagrous Barrera — both 22 years old and pregnant — had died of gunshot wounds.

The women were among four victims found in a Nov. 9 blaze. A man and another woman have yet to be identified. Authorities say the fire was deliberately set and are treating the case as a homicide. Continue reading

French culture minister denies paying for underage sex in Thailand

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris, Thursday 8 October 2009 01.46 BST
Frederic Mitterrand

Frédéric Mitterrand, France’s culture minister, last night denied paying underage boys for sex in Thailand, and sought to calm a storm over his support for the film director Roman Polanski.

Both the extreme right and the Socialist party have called for his resignation over his 2005 autobiography, The Bad Life” in which he described paid encounters with “young boys” in Bangkok. It came back to haunt Mitterrand when Jean-Marie Le Pen’s Front National looked into his past following his defence of Polanski, who was arrested in Switzerland on a US warrant over a statutory rape charge concerning a 13-year-old girl and dating back to 1977. Continue reading

Mommy does Dallas

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 14:09 PDT
From Salon’s Broadsheet

Here’s a knotty — and partly NSFW — saga from the city by the bay. Back in April, Matt Smith of the San Francisco Weekly revealed that California state government funding designed to make businesses more competitive had (long story short) gone to subsidize job training in multimedia technology — for the employees of, a pornography business that runs BDSM and other fetish-related websites. “California’s government has been subsidizing torture-based pornography,” Smith wrote.

“I choose to do porn. But I meet people a lot who have seen my asshole before looking in my eyes, and the exposure of my name truly made me feel scared.”

But that’s not the story! Smith’s piece — an arguably not-so-rich blend of reporting and opinion, which actually lost this funding — made a lot of people angry, including a Hollywood-based fetish and bondage model/dominatrix/actor/blogger known as Mz Berlin, who, along with her peers, took serious issue with Smith’s apparent conflation of consensual (if unconventional) sex with non-consensual abuse. Continue reading

Rejected gravestone for Germany’s most famous prostitute deemed “too slutty”

J.S. Mael
Santa Monica City Buzz Examiner
July 3, 1:58 AM

HAMBURG — Domenica Niehoff, a former prostitute known across Germany for her campaigning to have the profession legalized and regulated, died at age 63, back on February 13, 2009 . The story was reported by almost every mainstream news source and the story made its way around the internet at the time. Continue reading

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