|Sex Files||Feb 28 2009|
Hong Kong actor and singer Edson Chen, whose career fell apart after sexually explicit photos of him and several actresses appeared online, was in court this week testifying in the case of a computer technician who had illegally posted those photos. Chen, who was one of the most famous celebrities in Hong Kong before the scandal erupted and forced him into self-imposed exile in his birth country of Canada, took the opportunity to express regret for shooting the photos. This prompted Cecilia Cheung, the actress who co-starred with Chen in many of the images, to angrily lash out at her former lover in a televised interview on Hong Kong’s iCable, where she said yesterday, “He has never apologized to us personally. He should at least have called us to say sorry if he genuinely admitted his mistake. The photos are still circulating online. How can we live a healthy and happy life? How can we put ourselves back on our feet?”
While it’s easy to understand couples that aren’t famous taking nude photos, both Chen and Cheung were already public figures when they shot the x-rated pix. Which begs the question what were they thinking? We suspect Chen thought that, as a man, no real harm could come to him if the photos ever leaked. It didn’t do Colin Farrell any harm, right? And perhaps that would have been sound reasoning in another country, but in ultraconservative Hong Kong, the damage was considerable. As for Cheung, she just should have known better. It isn’t as if, with her distinctive tattoos, she could deny being the person in the photos. Frankly, we think the shots are spectacular—actually, most of them are way too spectacular to post, so the most we can do is share a couple. But let'sjust say that nothing is more pulp than illicit smut, and from that perspective these two more than delivered the goods. We’d show you more images, but alas, we aren't a smut site, so you’ll just have to use your imagination—or, perhaps, certain internet search engines. Just remember to go into your preferences panel first and turn off the anti-porn filter.
|Sex Files||Dec 13 2008|
U.S. and E.U. authorities reported yesterday that more than 170 people around the world, including 61 in the United States, have been arrested in a major sting targeting international child pornographers. The operation, called Joint Hammer in the U.S., and Koala in Europe, freed girls who were sexually abused by child pornographers.
The investigation was launched after investigators determined a videotape of child porn found in Australia had been produced in Belgium. A joint EU-U.S. effort exposed a Belgian father who was sexually abusing his young daughters, and employing an Italian photographer to produce images of the abuse. So far 11 children were freed in the U.S., and dozens more were rescued in Europe.
Officials said ringleaders primarily targeted prepubescent females, but added that other groups produce photos and videos of boys and girls of all ages, including infants. Agents are still attempting to locate many victims whose images appeared in photos and videos and more arrests are expected as the investigation continues.
|The Naked City||Dec 8 2008|
If you aren’t a serious gorehound, don’t even go near it. Cannibal is a German film based on the true case of Armin Meiwes. In 2001, Meiwes advertised on the Cannibal Café website for a willing torture victim. A man named Bernd Jürgen Brandes answered the ad. Brandes allowed his penis to be severed by Meiwes for the two of them to eat. They first tried it raw, then sautéed in garlic. Brandes bled profusely from the wound but didn’t die until Meiwes delivered the coup de grace—a knife in the throat. Meiwes videotaped every moment of both the torture and killing.
After Brandes was dead, Meiwes dismembered and froze the body, and ate more than 40 pounds of it over the next ten months. His culinary creativity could have qualified him for a guest spot on Iron Chef. He even tried to grind up Brandes’ bones to make flour. When he finally was caught authorities were embarrassed to discover that no law against cannibalism existed in Germany. And since Brandes was a volunteer who had been videotaped willingly trying to eat his own penis, murder charges were a stretch.
Well, legal loopholes or not, the courts imprisoned Meiwes for manslaughter, and later tried and convicted him for murder because he simply needed to be put away permanently—victim’s consent to be eaten notwithstanding. The film Cannibal, under the direction of Marian Dora, deals only with events directly related to the torture and killing. It is unflinching, unapologetic, and absolutely verboten for the faint of heart. It was banned in Germany, but earned a U.S. release on dvd today in 2006.
|The Naked City||Nov 23 2008|
When nineteen year old Abraham Biggs, Jr. announced over the website Justin.tv that he planned to commit suicide, viewers assumed it was an idle threat. That probably explains why few alarms were raised when Biggs took a fatal dose of pills, reclined on a bed, and died with his webcam recording the entire episode.
During the hours it took for Biggs to sink into coma and death, viewers watched and cracked jokes in a group chat room. An autopsy concluded Biggs died from a combination of opiates and benzodiazepine, which was prescribed for a bipolar disorder. The Florida teen is not the first to commit suicide in front of an audience, but the slow developing nature of the incident caused authorities to question whether something could have been done to stop him.
The users who witnessed the suicide told police investigators they did not take Biggs seriously because he had threatened suicide on the site before. Prosecutors reluctantly agreed there is no legal recourse against those who watched and didn’t alert police, even though witnesses claim Biggs was pushed or dared by some users to act on his threat.
Authorities had, however, explored the possibility of charging the website owners with negligence. But yesterday a lawyer close to the case said there isn’t much chance of charges being filed. While there could be liability if website operators knew about the incident, had the ability to intervene and didn’t take action, it did not appear as if that were true. Michael Seifert, chief executive of Justin.tv, offered condolences to the Biggs family.
|Sex Files||Nov 19 2008|
The website Christian Nymphos launched in December 2007 and has so far received more than 1.5 million hits. The site was conceived by religious women with excessive sexual desires, and offers bedroom advice, suggested fantasies, and even answers prayer requests. The women believe firmly in sex only within the bounds of marriage with their husbands, which isn’t very pulp, but hey, they’re nymphos, which is as pulp as it gets, right? We’re so confused.
|Sex Files||Nov 1 2008|