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.
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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.
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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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CBMember
CBMember

This article was very informative and I liked that both sides of the story are in it.  I am eagerly awaiting the release of Answered Prayers and know that it will be like nothing else out there today.  I don't like that the drama with Jett is involved in any way because it does have a negative impact in my mind regarding the film.  I understand that there were questionable acts done on both sides of this, but the fact that a young man was publicly attacked never sat well with me.  It's time to move on and stop the mentioning of things that should remain behind the scenes. 

Cockyboys has such great success because the three visionaries behind the company work hard and really do everything they can to make the films "works of art".  I wish all parties well and I will continue to support them.

zoodlemouse13
zoodlemouse13

I think that Cockyboys is one of the more reputable studios around. They help the models to work towards careers that will get them OUT of the industry. They treat the models with caring & respect.  Jett took someone's trust and money and betrayed them.  He seems to have a pattern of using people and then crying "poor me" when he gets called out for it. I have zero respect for someone like that.  

As someone said below..."continued success and evolutionary progression of COCKYBOYS, its visionary CEO and such iconic, fascinating models as Jake Bass, Levi Karter, Bravo Delta, Ricky Roman and Dillon Rossi" 

Visionary CEO....fascinating models...yes, wishing much continued success for Cockyboys.  (I doubt a disgruntled ex-employee who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar will slow them down!! lol)

rufus_red
rufus_red

I'm from the dance world and it's highly unlikely or unusual that someone would join a professional company, Les Grands Ballets Canadien de Montreal, and then go into a school, Royal Winnipeg. Are you sure the order didn't get mixed up? What, the school paid more?

LLPR
LLPR

Look who is listening to her friend Grace Baine

thekruezer
thekruezer

Jeppe Hansen contacted me this past summer and provided more of his version of events, asking me to do a series of feature stories about him and Cockyboys and especially Jake Bass and Max Ryder, about whom he appears to have some deeply divided feelings.  I responded by publishing one article, neutral in tone, that outlined the basics of what the Village Voice has done in this article.  Interestingly, some of this VV piece appears to be based on my article from this past Summer.  Then Jeppe offered a full-on exclusive interview in which he promised to "to blow the lid off the Cockyboys scene and tell about some things that happened to me that will shock the industry".  I responded by saying that I'm a reputable reporter who's been covering the gay adult industry for 17 years who's known for fair and unbiased reporting and my presentation of unfiltered news - which means no hidden agendas, no opinions represented as facts, and no "buying in" to anyone's side. The bottom line on this VV article, Hansen, Jaxson and Cockyboys: No one is perfect.  All leaders (including CEOs) are human, and all humans make mistakes.  Now that Lucas has gone bareback in the most radical example of hypocrisy and double standards I've ever seen in the industry, my money's on the continued success and evolutionary progression of COCKYBOYS, its visionary CEO and such iconic, fascinating models as Jake Bass, Levi Karter, Bravo Delta, Ricky Roman and Dillon Rossi.

Chug
Chug

Seems to me, that this Cockyboys dude has all these homeless looking boys working for him and shooting porn. Is he running some sort of home for wayward boys? Drugs, travel, porn, tattoos, twinks. They are "like a family". They get off the streets if they shoot their loads on camera and he makes money off it? Sounds like a pretty good deal all around. No wonder the kid wanted to get away. I feel bad for him. 

NicT
NicT

Overall a balanced and interesting read.  The notable exception here is when you touch on the recent scuffle at Lucas, but give only one side of the story.   The other version contests the assault claim and relates that the performer was upset at being pressured to perform bareback.   No idea what the truth in that mess is, but presenting both sides would have been appreciated.

sewn272bear707
sewn272bear707

@CBMember I'm sorry but I disagree. Why should the 3 be silent while being attacked? Being young is no excuse. He is old enough to know right from wrong. I see nothing wrong with defending your honour when someone tries to drag it through the mud...regardless of how old the person doing the dragging is.

CBMember
CBMember

@sewn272bear707 @CBMember I don't believe Jett was dragging anyone's name through the mud as you say. He remained quiet on the matter simply releasing a statement that he is no longer with CB and wishes them well.  JJ was the one who publicly attacked Jett and had him ostracized.  Since it looks like both sides allegedly did wrongdoing, it should have been kept private.  I guess I would like to see actual proof before public shaming happens.  That being said, I respect and admire both sides and just want to move on and enjoy the high quality work being released.

 
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