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LA Direct Models
LA Direct Models 2009.jpg
LA Direct Models attending a Fashion Show by designer Tal Sheyn at the Cabana Club, Hollywood, CA on February 13, 2009. Founder Derek Hay (aka Ben English) in center of bottom photo.
Websitewww.ladirectmodels.com
 
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LA Direct Models
LA Direct Models 2009.jpg
LA Direct Models attending a Fashion Show by designer Tal Sheyn at the Cabana Club, Hollywood, CA on February 13, 2009. Founder Derek Hay (aka Ben English) in center of bottom photo.
Websitewww.ladirectmodels.com

LA Direct Models was formed in 2000 by pornographic actor Derek Hay,[1] initially as a London-based agency that booked adult work in the United States for British females. The following year, once demand had grown, Hay and his porn actress then-girlfriend Hannah Harper moved the agency to a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles, California.[1][2] Their offices have since moved to the Cahuenga Pass, Hollywood, in the same building as the offices of the adult film producer Vivid Entertainment.[3]

LA Direct Models represents around 130 female and 30 male performers,[4] including Tori Black, Kagney Linn Karter, Alexis Texas and Lexi Belle.[1][5] Havana Ginger became the agency's first contract performer in 2005,[6] and in 2008 Kimber James became their first transsexual performer.[7] In 2008, LA Direct Models, Lisa Ann Talent Management and The Lee Network formed a network to handle bookings for feature dancers.[8] LA Direct Models now also represents production professionals such as directors and makeup artists.[1]

In 2008, the agency launched the adult entertainment news website, L.A. Direct News.[9] The agency has been openly criticized for it's ties to organized prostitution[10] by major news outlets[11] and mistreatment of talent.[12]

Personal Emails from the owner linking him organized prostitution have been leaked online.[13] Allegedly, the FBI has been watching the agency since 2007, yet Los Angeles County attempted to prosecute.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Dan Miller (2010-04-24). "LA Direct Models Reaches 10-Year Milestone". AVN.com. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  2. ^ Joe Zigfield (2008-03-06). "Book 'Em". XBiz.com. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  3. ^ "Move: adult talent agency L.A. Direct Models has moved to new offices in the Cahuenga Pass". San Fernando Valley Business Journal. 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  4. ^ Bob Preston (2005-12-12). "LA Direct Models Unveils Mobile Website". XBiz.com. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  5. ^ "Female Models". LADirectModels.com. Archived from the original on 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  6. ^ LA Direct Models (2005-06-13). "Direct Models 1st Exclusive Contract, Signs Havanna Ginger". AINews.com. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  7. ^ LA Direct Models (2008-11-01). "L.A. Direct Models first to sign TS Performer". AdultFYI.com. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  8. ^ Wade Garrett (2008-08-22). "Lee Network, LA Direct, Lisa Ann Talent Mgt. Form Dancer Network". AVN.com. Retrieved 2008-11-03. [dead link]
  9. ^ Tod Hunter (2008-03-06). "L.A. Direct Models to Launch News Website". AINews.com. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  10. ^ "As of July 22, 2014 approximately 31% of the LA Direct Models talent roster is available as escorts to the general public through The Luxury Companion.". http://www.sextraffickingnews.com. Sex Trafficing News. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Dickson, EJ. "When porn stars become escorts: Lucrative new trend could also be risky". Salon.com. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Ross, Gene. "LA Models Gets Slammed". Adult FYI. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  13. ^ http://pornwikileaks.com/email-from-la-direct-model-is-further-proof-derek-hay-is-behind-tlc-prostitution/
  14. ^ http://interaliainc.blogspot.com/2007/11/la-direct-models-derek-hay-denies-fbi.html

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