Woman Sues After Her Martha’s Vineyard Rental Home Was Used for Gay, Transsexual Porn Shoot

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A woman’s Martha’s Vineyard home was turned into a porn set without her knowledge after she rented it out online, and she claims nearly every room in her house was used for hardcore sex and even her clean linens and decorative pillows were defiled.

According to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Massachusetts and obtained by The Blast, Leah Bassett says she rented her home in Aquinnah, MA to a guy named Joshua Spafford from October 4, 2014 through May 15, 2015.

In reality, Bassett claims, Spafford was renting the home on behalf of a woman named Monica Jensen (aka Nica Noelle) and her company, Mile High Media, so they could “create a multitude of gay male and transsexual porn/videos.”

Bassett says at no time did Spafford mention that the home would be used “as a shooting locale for commercial porn.” While their lease didn’t specifically mention porn (which ones do?) Bassett says the lease did make it clear the house was not to be used for any commercial purposes.

When Bassett returned to the home in May 2015, she discovered there were extensive damages to the home. She calculated her damages to be $15,609 and sent an updated damages letter to Spafford for that amount.

Shortly thereafter, Bassett says she “independently made the highly disturbing discovery that her personal residence had been used during the leasehold for the commercial production of graphic pornography.”

Bassett confronted Safford with her discovery, and while she claims he “acknowledged and apologized for it,” he did not provide many details as to the actual scope of the porn filming.

Here’s where things start to get a little graphic …

Bassett claims she then “proceeded over the ensuing weeks/months to engage in periodic — and admittedly somewhat obsessive — review of” websites connected to Spafford, Jensen and Mile High and various other porn actors who publicly boasted about their porn shoots in Martha’s Vineyard.

She says she discovered “numerous photos” and “numerous clothed, nude, semi-nude, and/or graphic sex scene photos or video clips that depicted Ms. Bassett’s home, and its distinctive furnishings and artwork, in the background or foreground of those still photos or video clips.”

Bassett says she secretly watched videos on the Internet and conducted a sampling of DVDs to determine the severity of the activity. She says the defendants “utilized nearly every room of her home for their porn production purposes, including nude, semi-nude and/or male ejaculatory scenes in her bedrooms, her living room and family room sofas, her stairway, atop her dining room table, her bathrooms, her basement, atop her laundry room appliances.”

It gets more graphic …

In addition, she says they “deliberately used her linens and bedspreads, including the decorative bedroom pillows hand-sewn/designed specifically by Ms. Bassett, for their condom-less ejaculatory porn scenes, rather than purchasing and using more generic linens … of their own.”

Following her discovery, Bassett says she was forced to visit a therapist for the time in her life to help her cope with the “emotionally and psychologically traumatizing effects” of what happened.

As a result, she says she’s found it difficult to live in the home and left it vacant for the ensuing two years after the incident.

Bassett says she attempted to settle the case out of court, but nothing came of it.

She’s suing for a number of different claims — including breach of contract and trespassing — but she’s also thrown in a copyright infringement claim since her copyright-protected art was visible in many of the porn scenes.

While her lawsuit doesn’t ask for a specific dollar amount, she did calculate that the location fees she could have made had she actually leased her home for the production of porn would have netted her over $300,000.

And don’t forget all the money she had to spend on getting those linens dry cleaned.