Martha’s Vineyard home featured in numerous pornos sparks lawsuit

The house was featured in at least 24 adult films.

Mar.March 31, 2018 02:07 PM

(Credit: The Naughty American, Pixabay)

There’s no need to visit Leah Bassett’s Martha’s Vineyard home, which she built and designed herself with her father; you can catch it all — her artwork and furniture — in more than 20 different adult films produced by Mile High Distribution.

Bassett rented the property to tenant Joshua Spafford from October 2014 until May 2015 and he, in turn, used the home as a film set for porn videos and photo shoots for his boss, Monica Jensen and the Mile High company, according the New York Post.

After learning about the shoots, Basset tracked how her home appeared in the various films and saw that “nearly every room” was featured.

“It also became clear that they deliberately moved some of her more distinctive pieces of art from room to room in order to ‘aesthetically enhance’ their porn scenes,” according to the federal lawsuit she filed in U.S. District Court alleging a breach of contract, copyright infringement, civil fraud and trespassing, among other charges.

Jensen and Mile High’s lawyer says the legal battle began due to missed rental payment. Spafford was fired from Mile High in March 2015, which is when he’d informed Basset he couldn’t continue paying rent.

Houses with a pornographic past have a hard time finding another life. One Arizona couple discovered it the hard way after the $2.2 million sale of their home fell apart following the buyer learning that their porn business ran out of the home. [NYP]Erin Hudson

Related Articles

Bernie Sanders (Credit: Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders throws support behind New York rent-suspension bill

Web searches for terms including “homes for sale” are way down up north. (Credit: Pixabay)

Fewer Canadians are searching for homes online amid pandemic

Charles Kushner and 331 East 9th Street (Credit: Kusner Photo by Ilir Bajraktari/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images; Google Maps)

Judge grants Kushner tenants free rent at East Village complex

Massive stimulus package has limited upside for real estate

Massive stimulus package has limited upside for real estate

About 450 sellers pulled their listings last week (Credit: iStock)

As New York shut down, so did its resi market

Is REBNY and StreetEasy’s decision a much-needed reprieve or data manipulation? (Credit: Pixabay)

Decision by StreetEasy, REBNY to stop market clock triggers debate

Michael Gianaris (NY Senate, iStock)

Gianaris proposes relief bill for renters and landlords, but not banks

The Atelier at 635 W. 42nd Street and 70 Charles Street (Credit: Google Maps)

One of NYC’s priciest listings to appear on the market last week is already in contract