There's Drama on Both Sides of the Camera at NYC Porn Powerhouse CockyBoys
Santiago Felipe

New York's gay film scene is (and this in no way should be confused with its performers) quite small. Following a 1988 California Supreme Court decision that decriminalized pornography, the adult industry, which until that time had been split among Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, decamped to the sunny San Fernando Valley.

"People call us a cult. We're not a cult, but I could definitely see why people would say that, just because we're so close."

Today, only four gay film companies are New York–based. Two minor outlets cater to niche markets: Dark Alley Media, which specializes in bareback (i.e., condom-free) fare; and Dog Pound U.S.A., for gentlemen who prefer black and Latino performers. The other two, CockyBoys and Lucas Entertainment, control major shares of the gay adult market.

Timothy Ferencz is a senior account executive and resident expert on the gay industry at Adult Video News, the industry's trade publication. He calls Lucas's productions "probably the highest-quality in the industry. Lucas has been around longer, but I think CockyBoys has really come on in the last couple of years."

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.
Jeppe Hansen lost his place at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School when the school learned of his side career as adult film star Jett Black.
Bogdan Stanga
Jeppe Hansen lost his place at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School when the school learned of his side career as adult film star Jett Black.
In five short years, Jake Jaxson's particular brand of arthouse erotica has propelled CockyBoys to the top its industry.
Santiago Felipe
In five short years, Jake Jaxson's particular brand of arthouse erotica has propelled CockyBoys to the top its industry.

In part that's due to the companies' business models. CockyBoys relies on its website, which users access for $39 per month or $200 per year, for 60 percent of its revenue. (The remainder of the business is split between DVD sales and licensing its films to other companies.) Lucas Entertainment, by contrast, owes its revenue base chiefly to DVD sales, which have been on the wane in recent years.

In another respect, though, CockyBoys and Lucas Entertainment are very similar. Like most of their competitors — and like the mainstream movie giants of old — they sign their performers to exclusive contracts.

"Most of the gay companies have exclusives," Ferencz explains. "It's something that used to be really big in the straight market. Now there are only maybe one or two companies in the straight market that have exclusives. It's almost like a gay thing right now."

Ten years ago, when exclusive contracts were more prevalent in straight porn, a so-called Vivid Girl could earn $100,000 a year for appearing in an average of nine movies for L.A.–based Vivid Entertainment. Today, the hetero side of the adult industry favors a free-agent system, meaning a popular actress like Lisa Ann (star of Who's Nailin' Paylin?) is in a position to work with any number of studios.

On the gay side of the industry, a star will commit to a particular studio for a fixed term — anywhere from six months to three years — during which that actor doesn't shoot with anyone else.

"Gay customers are very loyal to their product," Ferencz says. "If people fall in love with an exclusive model, they will exclusively buy that person's movies who works for that company, and that company has a monopoly on that customer."

But like in old Hollywood, where stars like Olivia de Havilland chafed under the control of studio executives and ultimately rebelled, there are signs of discontent.

Last month, performer Vito Gallo was arrested for assaulting his boss, Lucas Entertainment owner Michael Lucas. Lucas told the New York Post that Gallo, who had signed a three-year contract with the studio, was upset that the company wasn't putting him in more scenes. "You had to see his eyes; the veins bulging on his forehead," Lucas said. "It was scary."

CockyBoys faced its own high-profile contract dispute earlier this year, when an angelic ballet dancer who goes by the name Jett Black publicly spurned his employer. CockyBoys CEO Jake Jaxson returned the disfavor, accusing his now ex-star of stealing proprietary information on his way out the door with plans to offer it to rival Lucas Entertainment.

It was a level of drama fit for the art-imitates-life adult films Jake Jaxson is gaining a reputation for producing.

So, naturally, he's making a movie about it.

In a high-ceilinged, hardwood-floored apartment near the Williamsburg Bridge, the long, midnight-blue drapes are pulled back to let the sunlight filter in. An assortment of sex toys clutters the windowsill: seven dildos (various sizes), a cock ring, and something called Fetish Fantasy Series Shock Therapy Pleasure Probe.

Jake Jaxson is pulling stuffed animals out of a plastic shopping bag and scattering them around the room. Three performers await their cues while the cameraman, one of Jaxson's two longtime boyfriends, assembles his tripod. Dillon Rossi is playing with the long tail that dangles from his furry tiger-striped G-string. Bravo Delta, clad in white briefs and latex-coated work gloves, perches on a Plexiglas chair, holding a Ronald Reagan biography. Levi Karter, in white Calvin Klein briefs and a cropped leather vest embellished with gold studs and bits of the American flag, is rolling from one side of the room to the other, like slow-moving human pinball, on a pair of glittery gold roller skates. A statue of a dog, wearing a bejeweled gas mask and a feathered headdress, looks on passively from the corner.

Answered Prayers is inspired by the events that transpired over the summer, but it's not a re-creation. It's an interpretive take on the feelings of betrayal, misrepresentation, secrets, and lies Jaxson says he experienced when he became convinced Jeppe Hansen, aka Jett Black, was stealing from his company.

The film is broken into vignettes, each starring a different closeted character — a banker, an anti-gay crusader, an actor — unknowingly influenced by two more metaphysical characters, like the little devil on one shoulder and the little angel on the other. Basically, Jaxson says, "It's a highly sexualized morality play." The film will be released in installments on the CockyBoys website starting November 22.

It sounds like a bizarre premise for a pornographic film — absurd, even — but it's just the kind of ambitious arthouse erotica that drew Hansen to CockyBoys at the start of this year.

Jeppe (pronounced yep-peh) Hansen bears the dimples and sun-dappled, hay-bale-blond hair of a '90s child star. Most kid actors outgrow their adorableness when puberty hits, but on his 23rd birthday in mid July, Hansen retained a sparkling aura of innocence even as he explained the details of his new career in gay porn.

Up until January, when he'd signed a one-year contract with CockyBoys, Hansen had believed he'd be a dancer when he grew up. He moved out of his parents' house at age 15 to pursue a professional ballet career full-time. He was on track, too: He danced for the Queen of Denmark with Copenhagen's Ballet at Tivoli Gardens and joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal before enrolling with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in fall 2012.

At about the same time, Hansen became interested in doing adult film. He studied Jaxson's oeuvre, which, he said, "really spoke to me." He reached out to the director with questions about his work: "I wanted to pick his brain and know what was going on in there."

When Hansen expressed his interest in getting into the industry, he said, Jaxson cautioned him against it. "He had a huge understanding for what I did and that I really wanted to protect my career as a ballet dancer, and many times said, 'You know what? You shouldn't do it,'" Hansen recalled. "We had some great talks about that, but at that point I thought — and still do — I thought it was really important to make some artistic choices for myself."

He dove in, registering social media accounts and a website in the name of his new persona, Jett Black.

He saw an affinity between ballet and his adult film work. "Developing myself sexually really gave me something as a ballet dancer — people had noticed it, without knowing, of course," something he said had become apparent even to his instructors.

But in March, a fellow student alerted the ballet company's artistic director to Hansen's side career and the Royal Winnipeg summarily expelled him.

The story didn't break until early July, when the Canadian Broadcasting Company aired a report about Hansen's dismissal. Two days later it was international news, picked up by outlets from Los Angeles to London, Germany, and Hansen's native Denmark.

It's easy to see why the press flocked to him: Hansen is a made-to-order mascot for the industry. Speaking to reporters, including this one, following his dismissal from the ballet, he highlighted the absurdity of stigmatizing adult film while ignoring the inherent sexuality of his other career.

Take a piece like Nijinsky's 1912 Afternoon of the Faun, for example: "The faun himself — the only male character in that ballet — masturbates with a veil from one of the nymphs," Hansen said. "I mean, ballet is extremely sexual and very physical, and you could never split it up, you could never take it out, regardless of how highbrow you want to make ballet."

Of course, he never got the chance to make that case to administrators at the school. The artistic director called Hansen to her office and asked him to sign a paper saying he was leaving of his own accord. "It wasn't really a conversation. It was basically being told, 'You have to sign this paper for the sake of the school,'" he said.

After he packed and departed under the supervision of campus security, his classmates were given a sanitized version of events, told only that he and the administration had different views on the direction he was taking.

Hansen had been attending the Royal Winnipeg school on a scholarship, and he lost his apartment, his income — everything but his contract with Jaxson. The director put him up in his own Williamsburg apartment. He advanced him money for living expenses and gave him work at the office, teaching him how to manage CockyBoys' web affiliates, sites that send traffic to the main site in order to expand the company's reach.

In July, Hansen spoke glowingly of Jaxson, his partners, and the other performers at CockyBoys, the "little dysfunctional family" that took him in.

"We hang out together as a group of friends, almost like brothers," he said. "We know each other really well. We're almost in the same age range, all of us, so we're just having a lot of fun together, and we go for dinners together and we do whatever we want together.

"Of course, [some] people get along better than other people, that's how it always will be."

Yet only two weeks after his dismissal from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet was international news, Jett Black made an announcement on Twitter:

The past several months have been a tumultuous time for me, both personally and professionally. It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that I will be leaving CockyBoys and moving on with my career. I wish Jake Jaxson, and my fellow models the very best in their future projects and look forward to new challenges for us all.

Some industry bloggers took Black's statement as a declaration of his intention to leave porn and return to ballet — until the next day, when Jaxson posted on his blog his own statement about Black's departure, titled "Answered Prayers."

Jett Black is no longer with CockyBoys. Yesterday I terminated his contract. After multiple attempts to rebuild trust with Jett, he chose to violate the terms of our agreement, and for the protection of my business, my staff and the other performers I had no choice but to end our agreement.

Jake Jaxson has light-blue eyes that are typically framed by a pair of horn-rimmed glasses, tousled brown hair, and a trimmed salt-and- pepper beard. Snake tattoos twist around his forearm and bicep. He's 43 but looks younger, flanked as he usually is by gorgeous young men — CockyBoys performers or one or both of his two longtime live-in boyfriends and business partners, RJ Sebastian and Benny Morecock.

Jaxson has headed up CockyBoys for about five years. He acquired the first pieces of the company after he and his business partner, Glenn Greenwald, won a lawsuit against the owner of a gay adult site called Hairy Jocks. At the time, the pair operated a marketing consultancy, Master Notions, and Hairy Jocks was a client. After the suit, they started their own competing website.

Jaxson had managed to operate CockyBoys under the radar, but that all changed this past summer after Greenwald, who had departed the company several years earlier, brought to light Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency's warrantless spying program.

When the New York Daily News dug up Greenwald's involvement with CockyBoys in a splashy story, Jaxson, who'd grown up in a deeply religious family in southern Louisiana, was outed under his given name, Jason Buchtel, as a pornographer.

Jaxson says his conservative upbringing has influenced the way he operates his business. In particular, he recalls the time when his mother walked in on him masturbating, then sat him down and, over tea and saltine crackers, told him the story of Onan from the book of Genesis, smote by God for pulling out mid-coitus. ("I thought, 'This is kind of hot,'" Jaxson recalls.) "I know you have urges," he remembers his mother telling him, "but this is what the Bible says: You should not spill your seed."

Jaxson has made it his life's work to create a guilt-free porn experience.

It starts with the wholesome image he cultivates when speaking about the company. The fact that CockyBoys is run by a gay, polyamorist triad? "We're not a mom-and-pop, we're a pop-and-pop-and-pop," Jaxson jokes. The studio itself, and the stable of young men he employs, he lovingly describes as "the island of misfit toys."

Adult Video News's Timothy Ferencz says most companies in the gay adult world stick to particular types. Titan Media has "hyper-masculine, super muscular guys." Falcon Studios' actors are California boys, "clean-cut, tan, don't have any body hair." At Lucas Entertainment, every performer has "a very New York, edgy look."

The prototypical Cocky Boy is a tattooed, pierced waif. "The Hell's Kitchen hipster: younger, skewing on the twink side," says Ferencz.

Levi Karter bridles at the term "twink." "It's kind of like a slap in the face," he says. "I go to the gym, and I work so hard and I try to keep up on my nutrition, and to be put in a twink category with someone who — a twink stereotypically has the same diet as a supermodel, like a cube of cheese a day."

At age 20, Karter is small but athletic. He was a gymnast, and later a cheerleader at Ohio University. The week he turned 18 he started stripping, and made the jump to adult film not long after. Jaxson signed him despite a large Taurus tattoo on his side that had prompted another studio to reject him. When the CockyBoys cofounder asked about his career goals, Karter said he wanted to be bigger than Pierre Fitch and Brent Everett, the two biggest names in the industry.

Karter's aim for mainstream gay-porn fame doesn't always jibe with his boss's directorial aesthetic. "I think it's cool, but I'm like, 'I'm here to have sex,'" he says matter-of-factly. Complex stories like Answered Prayers, filled with metaphors and obscure references, only clutter the experience, he says. "But this is what Jason does. I love it — but I never pictured myself doing it."

Like Hansen, Karter says he signed with CockyBoys expressly to work with Jaxson. "You can really tell how much he cares," Karter says. "CockyBoys is not just a company or a studio, it's also a small family. People call us a cult. We're not a cult, but I could definitely see why people would say that, just because we're so close."

It's a recurrent theme among the performers who sign with Jaxson: They see him as mentor and confidant.

Some, like Montreal native Jake Bass, call him "Daddy." Says Bass: "He didn't really like it, because in the gay world it has a different connotation, but he quickly realized that I wasn't calling him Daddy 'cause of that, but because I kind of latched on to him." When he was in his teens, Bass explains, his father died. He says his mom trusts Jaxson: "She's knows I'm safe with him, that I'm not going to run out of anything or be in trouble."

Jaxson says he has met the mothers of most of his actors. ("A lot of them are my age," he notes.) At least two have visited CockyBoys' headquarters in Queens. Jaxson says they find it reassuring to see the office in person. "There's no back room, it's not some seedy guy."

It's clear that the affection Jaxson's performers have for their boss is mutual. They're his employees, but also his muses. Their real lives often serve as the basis of CockyBoys films, like Road Strip, a campy road-trip flick that is memorable for a scene in which CockyBoys' most popular star, Max Ryder, speaks candidly about the difficulties of blending his career with his real life. GRAB Magazine gushed that the movie "up-ended the conventions of porn," where fantasy trumps reality.

Earlier this fall, CockyBoys released an explicit documentary, Fuck Yeah Levi Karter, featuring footage Karter shot of himself going about his daily life: "while he's cooking breakfast, while he's talking to his mom, while he's having phone sex, while he's jacking off," Jaxson explains.

Then there was A Thing of Beauty, a film that prompted a critic at Salon.com to dub Jaxson "the Walt Whitman of gay porn." The movie takes its title from a line in a Keats poem, but its plot is based on Jaxson's long-term relationship with Benny and RJ, which was also the subject of a 2012 New York magazine profile.

Giving the audience a peek behind the curtain into the performers' real lives is paying dividends for CockyBoys. Under Jaxson's direction, each performer has cultivated a devoted social media following, a surprising number of women among them. (Jaxson fondly refers to his stars' female fans as "the ladywood brigade.")

"In the '90s, in the Jeff Stryker and Ryan Idol era, these were considered gods, and [fans] didn't want to know anything off-set. They just wanted to have porn stars and idols. Now people are a lot more invested in what these people do in their off time," AVN's Timothy Ferencz says.

Jaxson has been on the forefront of the shift. Says Ferencz: "I think he's been really smart to try to merge the two."

Ferencz says Jaxon's savvy use of social media is one of the factors that propelled CockyBoys to the industry's upper echelon. But it proved to be a double-edged sword when a private dispute with one of his highest-profile performers became very public.

Hansen says he started to have doubts about his fledgling gay porn career months before the rest of the world would find out about it. It was in April, after he was expelled from school, and he was with the CockyBoys family at the Grabby Awards in Chicago.

The Grabbys are not the Oscars of gay porn — that's a title typically reserved for the GayVN Awards — but they are, at the very least, the Daytime Emmys of gay porn. This year, CockyBoys cleaned up, taking home awards for best director, best newcomer, and best movie.

That evening, speaking into a microphone shaped like a giant bronze dildo, Jaxson accepted the fan favorite award as well. "I just wanted to say thanks to the Grabbys; it's my first year, so it's been a crazy year for me," he told the audience.

Taking home so many statues at CockyBoys' first appearance at the awards show should have been a great night. Instead, upstairs, emotions boiled over.

Says Jake Bass, "After the Grabbys, shit went down."

Hansen arrived in Chicago after a Liberace-themed photo shoot with Paper magazine in upstate New York. In Bass's version of the evening, sniping about which performers were sharing rooms devolved in to vicious gossip about who was doing drugs with whom, who'd attempted suicide. There was yelling. There were tears.

Afterward, Bass says, "Basically everybody was like, done. We were ready to stop working for Jason, stop working for CockyBoys. It really got bad for some reason — it exploded so brutally."

That night, Hansen says, he decided CockyBoys was a little too much like a family. He says he expressed his misgivings to Jaxson, RJ, and Benny. "I told them that I felt terrible and I was really unhappy and, most of all, I just really wanted to go home," he says. "I just wanted to figure out who I was and what I was doing and why. I told them that I needed to reconsider all the choices that I had made for myself because I knew, artistically, that they were the right choices, but I wasn't sure that I was at the right place."

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.

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."

That is, in fact, what Hansen ultimately alleged. Jaxson, Hansen says, "lives off hiring boys who are 18 to 25 years old, often boys with social problems, problems with alcohol and drugs, family problems — he takes them into his home, he makes them part of this 'family,' and he likes to call it a family, and he pays them $600 to $1,000 to shoot artistic porno, and he makes profit margin of, like, several hundred percent, like, making literally millions of dollars."

Jaxson sent the Voice a copy of Hansen's CockyBoys contract, which promises the performer a minimum of $1,200 per scene. As for Hansen's other assertions, Jaxson responds, "Yes, a lot of the boys who work with me — and in adult entertainment in general — come from difficult circumstances, and I would include Jeppe."

He doesn't look at the situation as a means to a profit, Jaxson asserts, but as a way to offer a safer, more supportive alternative. "Maybe this is my purpose."

He says that before taking on any actor, he asks about the would-be CockyBoys performer's career goals and tries to create a plan to use adult film work to transition into a profession that is more sustainable in the long term.

Before the fight, Jaxson had planned to spend the fall shooting a sweet, romantic film. Instead, he found himself obsessing over what he considered a betrayal.

Answered Prayers, which takes its title from an unfinished novel by Truman Capote (the epigraph, a quotation from Saint Teresa, reads: "More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones"), is intended as catharsis, a chance for his models and partners to create something productive from the summer's drama.

Hansen says he doesn't expect Answered Prayers to be the last film Jaxson makes about him. When he signed with CockyBoys, he gave Jaxson the rights to a documentary about his dismissal from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.

Reflecting on it now, Hansen says, "I see myself as a part of a very well-thought-out marketing campaign."

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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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