LOS ANGELES—As AIDS Healthcare Foundation cranks up its campaign to destroy the adult industry by attempting to make sure few consumers buy its products, a statement by one of the presenters at last Tuesday's AHF press conference caught the attention of a long-time industry agent, who got in touch with AVN to point out the lies told by Jenni Case, formerly known as the mid-'90s starlet Veronica Lain.
As those who read AVN's account of the press conference know, Case, who according to the Internet Adult Film Database made 12 hardcore movies between 1994 and 1996, stated, "The first scene I ever did when I got into porn, my agent produced a forged AIDS test; I had never been tested for AIDS in my life." She then went on to claim that while working in adult movies, she "was really ill with many infections: Bacterial infections, bladder infection and also severe Chlamydia. I had pains in my abdomen and had to be in bed for days and I had to quit working as well."
There's only one problem: Case did take an HIV test—and possibly more than one—before shooting her first movies, and it clearly wasn't forged.
See, back in '94, Case was living in the Denver area, escorting and doing bachelor parties which she booked in part from ads in the Rocky Mountain Oyster and other publications, including a Ft. Collins newsweekly, the Back Pages. Also at that time, reporter and porn movie reviewer JR Wolfe was working for the Oyster, and recalls that one day, out of the blue, Case called him up, having gotten his number from someone at the Oyster.
"She had seen in my column in the Oyster that Diana Knight had gone to Vegas with me, and she wanted to go, so she came over to my office," Wolfe told AVN in an exclusive interview. "We sat, we talked; she told me everything she wanted to do, and I told her flat out that I'm not a big agent; I've met some people in the business; if she wanted to come to the convention and introduce herself around, and I'd introduce her around, no problem, and she said, 'Great.'
"And I explained to her about not only getting an HIV/STD test," he continued, "I also explained to her that, 'How would you feel if 10 years from now, you're at a family reunion, and your cousin looked at you and realized he'd jerked off to you the night before? He hadn't seen you in 10 years'—you know, the standard stuff. I always cover my butt on that stuff because I remember Bill Margold telling me about covering the butt and everything, so that's why I still have the HIV test. I should have copies of every HIV test on anything I hooked her up with, but you have to keep in mind, she went to at least two conventions with me. She went with me one year by herself, just her, and the following year, she went again with me and she went with myself, Diana Knight and another gal. She did porn during those conventions."
"She drove out with me from Denver to Las Vegas to the CES when it was at the Sahara several times," Wolfe continued. "The very first time she went, Jenni shot with Mike South, then Max Hardcore. She was tested in Denver at the Free Health Clinic and again in Las Vegas. I believe Dirty Bob was with us in Vegas when she tested at the Fremont Medical Clinic."
Wolfe then produced a copy of Case's HIV test, which she took at the Fremont Clinic in downtown Las Vegas on January 5, 1994, with the results returned the next day as "HIV-1 ANTIBODY (ELISA) NONREACT. Reference Range: Nonreactive." (It will be recalled that before the first adult industry HIV outbreak in 1998, the usual scenario was that performers got Elisa antibody tests approximately every three months. After the 1998 incident, however, the Elisa was abandoned in favor of the more accurate PCR-DNA test.) Case's name and birth date are in the same dot-matrix printer typeface as the rest of the test, and there appears to be nothing pasted onto or altered on the test result. As Case's then-agent, Wolfe retained a copy of the test (as well as several subsequent tests) and can produce if for verification if necessary.
"I recall vividly the first video she ever did, because Mike South made a big deal of it to me and sent me the video to review in the Oyster, and I interviewed Jenni about it," Wolfe remembered. "I recall those two left the convention floor together at the Sahara, went up and shot it and came back down again when it was done, and she looked me up on the floor and said it was a great time. When she did the video the next day with Max Hardcore, I was on the set from beginning to end, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt, there was nothing going on at that time. She and I were very close friends for a long time, and I never saw her do any drugs or any drinking around me."
As for Case's claims that she got several infections while working in adult movies, Wolfe can only say that porn wasn't the only "back work" that Case engaged in.
"We knew she was hooking," Wolfe stated. "We knew she was working as an independent hooker. She lived alone; she drove herself to her things; she ran her own hooker ads, the whole bit. I booked her for bachelor parties from time to time. She was an independent escort; she told me flat out that's what she was. I said, 'That's fine. All I did was steer you here and there.'"
As producers/directors Michael Whiteacre and Lydia Lee have demonstrated in clips from their upcoming documentary, The Devil and Shelley Lubben, the former actress, known in the early '90s as "Roxy," has consistently lied about her early sexual experiences in both prostitution and adult video, having claimed that although she sometimes didn't use condoms while servicing clients, she nevertheless contracted both the human papilloma virus and herpes while working as an actress in less than 20 videos.
Now, another Pink Cross anti-porn activist has also been exposed as a liar. The question is, can anyone from that organization be trusted to tell the truth about their adult industry experiences?
Pictured: Jenni Case aka Veronica Lain with JR Wolfe and another actress, and with Dirty Bob