Jaxson says that when he gathered his actors for a postmortem that night, they clearly felt Hansen had instigated the blowup. He recalls that Hansen expressed his desire to leave and said something to the effect of, "If I wanted this drama, I would have stayed in the ballet."

Jaxson says he told Hansen he'd release him from his contract with pay and buy him a flight home to Denmark. The caveat: Hansen had to be "done with porn." He says he told Hansen to reflect on the situation he'd now found himself in — one not dissimilar to his exit from the ballet. "'You need to really take a moment to look at what has happened here,'" Jaxson recalls telling Hansen. "I started to get the sense this was a kind of pattern."

When Hansen returned to New York, he was approached by a CBC reporter who began asking questions about the circumstances of his departure from the Royal Winnipeg.

Jake Jaxson, center, flanked by CockyBoys' Bravo Delta, Dillon Rossi, 
and Levi Karter.
Santiago Felipe
Jake Jaxson, center, flanked by CockyBoys' Bravo Delta, Dillon Rossi, and Levi Karter.
Ricky Roman and Jake Bass shooting Answered Prayers on location in Montreal.
RJ Sebastian
Ricky Roman and Jake Bass shooting Answered Prayers on location in Montreal.

When the news hit, he navigated the firestorm with help from Jaxson and the company. But after the story blew over, he remained determined to leave CockyBoys. He says that's when he approached Lucas.

"I asked them for their help; I explained to them my situation," Hansen says. "They were my only contact that I had in New York at the time."

Hansen says he came home late one evening in July, and found Jaxson's partner in the apartment on his laptop. Benny accused him of stealing proprietary information and told him to pack his bags. While he got his things together, Hansen says, he defended himself on the phone with Jaxson and the company's publicist.

Hansen still insists he never stole anything from CockyBoys. "I worked with material from the company in my everyday work, and I worked on my computer because we didn't have another computer with [that] material. But I have never stolen anything or taken anything from the company."

That night, for the second time in a matter of months, Hansen found himself with no place to go. In the ensuing weeks, he says, Jaxson threatened press charges, and vowed to enforce the contract he'd signed, "regardless of where I was, who I was with, in which country."

He says it scared him. "You have basically signed over your entire life to this man, thinking that he would help you in any situation — that's what he promised me," Hansen says. "Losing that — being 23 years old in one of the biggest cities in the world without any safety net, any money, anything whatsoever — was absolutely terrible."

He turned to his new friends at Lucas Entertainment.

"I was really, really lucky to have someone who said: 'OK, listen, we're gonna help you out. You can start by sending out DVDs, you can help out at production, answer emails, update social media, write blog posts, whatever, we'll find you something,'" Hansen says.

That "someone" was Marc MacNamara, a director at Lucas. MacNamara says that while he isn't in a position to say whether Hansen stole information from CockyBoys, "I can tell you 100 percent: He never brought it to Lucas Entertainment."

CockyBoys headquarters is a sleek, light-filled space tucked inside a cavernous old warehouse at the end of a dead-end road in an industrial section of Long Island City. At the back of the building is a room with a view of midtown Manhattan; on the opposite wall is a giant corkboard where photographs of the Russian feminist punk outfit Pussy Riot intermingle with Renaissance angels, graphic bondage shots, scenes from Exodus, and symbols of the occult.

It's Jake Jaxson's inspiration board for Answered Prayers.

Jaxson maintains that Hansen stole proprietary information to which he had access, including a list of CockyBoys' affiliates and the profits and losses they incurred.

"Even as we were managing the press from his being fired from the ballet, he was working with another company," Jaxson scoffs.

He says the dishonesty gave him no choice but to sever ties with Hansen. "It was irrefutable: 'You don't want to be here. You are working at another studio.'"

As for Hansen's contention that he threatened to pursue him to fulfill the terms of the contract, Jaxson says, "I would never work with anyone who doesn't want to keep working. The worst thing in the world would be to force someone to have sex on camera."

The CockyBoys CEO maintains that his performers — even those signed to exclusive contracts — are free to leave, so long as they don't jump to a competitor. If they no longer want to perform on camera, Jaxson adds, he gives them the option of working for the company in another capacity.

After the blowout at the apartment, Jaxson and Hansen discussed parting ways. Jaxson says it was his understanding that neither would speak publicly about the dispute. Then Jett Black let loose his tweet. "My immediate thought was: 'This isn't true, it's just completely disingenuous,'" Jaxson says.

But also: "It spooked me a little bit."

He was worried about how Hansen would portray their split, afraid people would say, "He's an older guy surrounded by these younger guys. Clearly this guy is using them."

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