Jarec Wentworth’s Extortion Of Donald Burns: The Complete Timeline

Posted July 11, 2015 by with 71 comments

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Now that Jarec Wentworth has been convicted of extorting prostitute-hiring Republican multimillionaire Donald Burns, it’s time to take one last comprehensive look back at all of the twists and turns surrounding the case. Barring any surprises, I won’t have any further Jarec updates until September 21st [Update: Wentworth’s sentencing has been moved to October 26th), when he’s expected to be sentenced to a maximum of nine years in prison.

[Update 7/23/15: Wentworth’s defense team has notified the court that they’re filing a motion for judgment of acquittal. A hearing on the motion is set for August 21st, but barring any new bombshell evidence from the defense, Wentworth’s conviction will likely stand.]

First, the below video is a fan tribute posted to YouTube last week, if you’d prefer to remember Jarec Wentworth, a.k.a. Sean Cody’s Jarek, during happier times.

And, presented in chronological order, here is how the Jarec Wentworth extortion saga played out—from the beginning, when Str8UpGayPorn broke the exclusive story of his arrest, to the end, during Str8UpGayPorn’s live coverage of his jury trial and conviction.

jarecdemand-1024x478EXCLUSIVE: Jarec Wentworth Arrested For Felony Extortion; Demands Included $1 Million, L.A. Condo

Gay Porn Stars Come Out In Support Of Jarec Wentworth’s Extortion Plot!

Jarec Wentworth Update: Bank Accounts Frozen, Arraignment Tomorrow, And Fucking Colt Rivers For The Second Time

United States V. Jarec Wentworth: Read The Grand Jury’s Indictment Charging Jarec Wentworth With Felony Extortion

Defiant Jarec Wentworth Pleads Not Guilty, Remains In Federal Custody

donburns1EXCLUSIVE: MagicJack™ Millionaire Donald Burns Sought “Private Meetings” With Sean Cody Models—With Alleged Extortionist Jarec Wentworth’s Help

EXCLUSIVE: Is This Jarec Wentworth In The Allegedly Extorted Audi R8?

Jarec Wentworth’s Lawyers Want To Reveal His Alleged Victim’s Identity (Even Though The Internet Already Did)

Jarec Wentworth Denied Bail, Will Remain In Federal Custody Until Trial; FBI Questioning Colt Rivers

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Colt Rivers Exclusive: Jarec Wentworth Used Str8UpGayPorn To Threaten Donald Burns

EXCLUSIVE: Jarec Wentworth’s Shocking Prison Email: “Donald Burns Raped Me”

Jarec Wentworth Makes Local TV News

EXCLUSIVE: Jarec Wentworth’s Alleged Extortion Victim Donald Burns Tried To Buy A San Diego Election, With Help From Sean Cody’s Ashton

jarec wentworth indictedJarec Wentworth Indicted On Six New Counts, Now Faces 15 Years In Prison

Government’s Case Against Alleged Extortionist Jarec Wentworth Hinges On Tweet From Str8UpGayPorn

FBI: Donald Burns Tried To Hire ELEVEN Gay Porn Stars Via Jarec Wentworth

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EXCLUSIVE—Sean Cody’s Arthur: “Donald Burns Was One Of My Biggest Clients”

Jarec Wentworth: “Sean Cody’s Aidan Introduced Me To Donald Burns”

js2EXCLUSIVE: Here Are The FBI Surveillance Photos From The Night Of Jarec Wentworth’s Arrest

Here’s Gay Porn Star Fucker Donald Burns With Rudy Giuliani (And Santa)

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s Video Of Donald Burns And Sean Cody’s Taylor—Both Of Whom Will Testify Against Jarec Wentworth

Judge Orders Sean Cody’s Ashton To Testify At Jarec Wentworth Trial

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Everything You Need To Know About This Week’s Jarec Wentworth Extortion Trial

Jarec Wentworth Trial Day 1: Donald Burns Takes The Stand

Jarec Wentworth Trial Day 2: Tearful Donald Burns Grilled Over Sex With Sean Cody Models

Jarec Wentworth Trial Day 2: Sean Cody Employees, The FBI, And Etienne Yim

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EXCLUSIVE: Sean Cody Porn Star And Male Prostitute Testifies In Wentworth Trial That He “Feared For [His] Safety” Due To Relationship With David Geffen

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JAREC WENTWORTH FOUND GUILTY OF EXTORTION

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Donald Burns’ “Sexual Shopping List”: Here Is The List Of Gay Porn Stars Donald Burns Paid To Fuck

All Of Jarek’s Gay Porn Scenes, Ranked From Worst To Best

Sean Cody: Jarek’s Complete Filmography

Men.com: Jarec Wentworth’s Complete Filmography

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[Sean Cody: Jarek]

 

  • GN

    You should release the whole saga on a Blu-Ray HD digital filmography, collectors edition complete with bonus footage and extras: Star Wars episode VIII—Revenge of the tacky, stained-toothed, lecherous Republican john. Buy it now and get $25 off your next escort from Rentboy, OR a used pair of Teofil’s Andrew Christians (which he will be calling you from prison to extort you with).

  • john

    Dont do the crime, if u cant do the time…

  • Erik

    I think you should mark clearly, or take away the pics of the porn models who didn´t have sex with Donald Burns. Now you get the impression that all the guys has escorted for him. And you have used that collage-pic (“group” pic) several times.

    This has to do with the guys reputations. If you don´t escort you probably do not want to be in this pic…

    • Zachary Sire

      All the coverage of Don’s “sexual shopping list” makes it crystal clear who he actually paid to fuck and who he tried to pay to fuck. Please read what you’re talking about before leaving comments like this, or they’ll be deleted in the future.

      • Erik

        You don´t have to write such an angry reply. I most often compliment your writing.

        I wrote that it IS crystal clear in the blog article who refused to have sex with Burns. BUT the pic and the text doesn´t correspond… And a lot of people probably only look at the group picture, and don´t read the whole text in the blog article.

        • n24rc

          The title of the article is called “sexual shopping list” doesn’t say escort work or actual list of sex partners.

          • Brian Sky

            I think both, Erik and Zach, are right. If you read the whole post you’re gonna understand all, however if you’re a lazy reader probably you’re gonna get the wrong impression.

      • n24rc

        At Sean Cody….I mean it doesn’t mention Randy Blue or Men.com or another porn site that Teo has made industry connections with. ;D And the more I think about it the more likely Teo was getting access to guys the more guys he could use for a referral fee.

    • GN

      Those guys who turned him down should be proud that their good judgment, and not their want of an Audi, got the better of them. They avoided this whole ugly mess.

    • n24rc

      I think Randy should be considered as non-confirmed and a question like the other few guys. SO I can see your point; HOWEVER, the collage is of a “sexual shopping list” and nothing else, it doesn’t depict men who’ve had sex with Don.

      IF YOU READ CLOSELY, indeed, Zach does very clearly say that this is the case: THAT SOME of the guys have yet to confirm or corroborate the extent of which they were involved with Don.

      And I’m assuming with the trial done, this whole mess they want to stay away from! So they don’t care and most likely will NOT come forward. I don’t think Zach has the journalistic ability to pull out that information from them – and I would LOOOOOVE if he proved me wrong on that!

      Even if your stigma premise is right(which it isn’t), you are splitting hairs between escort and porn which is a form of sex work as well. Do I think these guys give a shit if you think they are prostitutes? No. Do you think they care if you think they are straight gay or bi? HELL NO! They want money, that is why they do this for a living.

      • Erik

        Thanks for the reply. But to me there is a very big difference between doing porn and escorting. You don´t want your dad, grandma or working colleagues to know about either. But escorting is even less accepted than doing porn, so I´m rather sure that the guys who refused meeting Burns don´t want to be in that pic. An easy solution is that You can for example mark “No” or something like that on those guys pics in the collage.

        • n24rc

          “But escorting is even less accepted than doing porn” – YOU are not making any sense at all.

          You are making vague assumptions about how a general audience both interprets this article, as well as the accompanying photo, and general public opinions on porn/escort sex work. You are coloring with a huge brush to promote your agenda, sir.

          Just chill and take your daily required meds.

        • sneeek

          I understand what you mean Erik. It is a case where you have to read the whole article to understand which of the pictured guys did and didn’t have sex with Burns.

          • Erik

            @sneek: Exactly! – thanks!
            @n24rc: You and I don´t have the same opinion. But that is no reason for being rude.
            End of this topic from my part.

          • green

            What Jarek did is not at all new. I can cite three big previous cases, which are not in the USA. These three cases differ in that the victims did suffer major damage, compared to Mr Burns:
            Case 1
            The CEO of the BP oil company was forced to resign with immediate effect after his Canadian “lover” tried to extort money out of him. by stating that they met on the “rentboy.com” website. The CEO and the rentboy had previously been introduced to all and sundry, including a former prime minister, Tony Blair, as “committed” lovers. The Canadian rentboy, after not getting any more money from the CEO, sold his story to a tabloid newspaper. It was a huge blow to the CEO as not only had he spent his entire life with the same company, under the terms of his contract, his resignation meant his pension was over £1 million (around USD1.5 m) less.
            Case 2
            The chairman of a national bank was filmed in a car by a rentboy with his mobile phone. The conversation recorded was about getting a supply of cocaine before sex. That rentboy deliberately made the film with bad intentions. He sold his story to tabloid newspaper, who used footage from the video on its front pages. The chairman was forced to resign. It was all the more painful because that bank was using “ethics” as its unique selling point, as it is the Co-operative Bank. The chairman was also a part-time Methodist minister.
            Case 3
            Many years ago, a rentboy sold a story to the Sun newspaper in the UK, owned by Rupert Murdoch. He claimed that Elton John had paid him for sex. In fact, Elton John had never met this pathological liar. The Sun newspaper paid £2 millions in damages to Elton John, who donated it to charity.

            In all cases, it appears the rentboys suffered no loss, but the victims suffered huge reputational damage at the time. How come it is the other way round with Jarek? I think the money you can get from selling a story to a tabloid newspaper is nowhere near the USD 1 million which Jarek tried to extort from Mr Burns. If Jarek had gone to a tabloid in the US, maybe he could have obtained USD 25,000 and got away with it. But that wasn’t enough for Jarek? Or he was an opportunist, and changed his demands in the text messages on the same day to up them to USD 1 million. He could not think through what he is doing.

            So the question is how Jarek could have such an astonishing lack of judgement?
            The pre-sentence reports on his education, whether he suffered learning difficulties, and on his emotional support during childhood and adolescence (estrangement from his family, causing a mindset of deprivation and entitlement) are vital. They could be the last thing which saves him from a maximum sentence.

            What I cannot understand is how Americans are so daft to send so many people to jail and for so long. This blog recently featured the story of a man who was sentenced to jail for two and a half years’ for having sex on the beach. Has anyone thought, who pays for his food and keep, what will be the psychological damage done to him whilst he is in jail, will he not be permanently alienated from society? In the UK, he would have got maybe a £25 fine ,but more likely given a conditional discharge (i.e. let off, but if he does it again, there would be a punishment of a fine).

            Strange that Mr Obama, as a Democrat, has not completely overhauled the system of justice in the USA, which seems to be rather a system of “non-justice”. Prison for all!

          • Erik

            I read your very long posting with great interest. I had no idea of these three very serious extortion crimes. And I agree that what Jarek did is very severe indeed. Is thee any judgement in his head at all? The amount 1 million USD is tremendous (+ a Audi sports car…). And about the 2nd subject – 2,5 years prison for public beach sex sounds like a joke. He would have got fines here in Sweden too.

          • n24rc

            ” I had no idea of these three very serious extortion crimes.” – What didn’t tip you off from the umpteenth articles that were online?

          • Kandel

            Well as an American… apparently its easier to feed prisoners and have an over-funded military than to drop a dime into education reform… but what do I know…

          • Mike Julius

            What you apparently don’t realize is that this is part of how Republicans hang on to power. Keep the electorate dumbed down by starting young.

            Pump the school full of as much religious pseudoscience and historic whitewashing as they can get away with and you get citizens who will vote against their own goddamn interests for generations to come. Yay! Most virulent case in point: Texas. But Florida wants that crown. And Alabama is tired of being second runner up.

          • audiosf228

            add steroids to the mix

          • n24rc

            you can’t blame it all on drugs/steriods/lifestyle – it’s just that person is a “bad egg.”

          • n24rc

            Giiiirrl! The prison system is profit based. So people don’t really think about this and how it impacts the courts.

        • erexshawn

          someone can escort and never be found out, but your porn career (even if it is just a solo for SC) will eventually make it to Tumblr.

          • Erik

            You definitely have a point. But what I was referring to is (what I believe) the view of the public is on doing porn and escorting. Even in a very liberal country like Sweden where I live, doing straight porn is not at all accepted by most people. And Gay porn is of course even more controversial. But also mostly a non-topic as that business is so unknown to straight people. (We actually had one Gay Porn company in Sweden that made movies in the Baltic states. But it stopped doing movies some years ago.) My picture is that the opinion on people who are doing porn is same in the US.

            Everybody watches porn but the one´s doing it are stigmatized… Not very fair.

    • John Iii

      I would generally agree. BUT it’s a risk taken if you involve yourself in something like porn. It’s a dirty business with shady characters so it’s just not a place to go if you’re concerned about your public reputation. It’s also just true there is no higher moral ground that i took money to screw on camera vs i took money to screw in private off camera.

      • Mike Julius

        I agree with all of that.

  • Hereweare

    All joking aside (and it’s VERY hard not to make jokes about this story), this has been some really fantastic reporting by Str8upgayporn! I am a new fan! I’m not sure why this hasn’t been picked up by the mainstream press. It certainly has all the right ingredients. The fact that Burns isn’t famous shouldn’t matter. At any rate, Str8upgayporn certainly has its flag firmly planted in this one, so anyone else wanting to run with it will have to reference this site. WELL DONE!!!
    Now….is there any way I can get back the time missed from my work-week last week?? I’m a little behind……..

    • FooFight

      Radar Online did pick up on the Taylor-Geffen aspect of the story, but we all know it was Zach who broke this all open!

    • TheLisp

      I’m going to agree with FooFight here…excellent coverage.

  • dvlaries

    Provincial You Tube just yanked the video off in the last hour. I don’t think it lasted 24.

  • dvlaries

    I’m an old man now, but I remember the heedless bravery we’re all made of at Jarec’s age. It’s a very short window of time in any man’s life, the one decade when we all deserve to live fearlessly, even occasionally recklessly, before life gives way to the slow march toward death of creeping common sense.
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    Most of us, when the time comes, surrender that era of presumed invincibility unscathed, but for some like Jarec, the circumstances we foster and think we can dominate, turn around and engulf us. I hope this handsome young man returns to society undestroyed, and with the necessary strength and wisdom to move forward. :(

    • Bruser

      Grazie mille for the wisdom and compassion.

    • GN

      My good sir, heedless bravery is landing on the beaches of D-Day, Teo is a young hustler who got stupid and greedy, that does not make him an awful person but he will hopefully grow up after he does his time.

    • John Iii

      Moral of the story is sure have your fun most of did..BUT don’t commit a felony along the way. Also don’t screw with someone that just has a lot more power than you will ever have. You’re not going to win that one

    • Rickster Rickster

      the whore got greedy. this is all his own damn fault.

  • Brian Sky

    Zack: No further Jarec updates until September 21st? Noooooo! I need some Jarec in my life from time to time. I hope that you receive more emails from Jarec in the near future.
    BTW, if I’m not wrong he emailed you some months ago and told you that he was raped during a sexual encounter, however I haven’t read that this supposed episode has been brought to light during the trial, hasn’t it?.

  • kevin

    thanks for finally acknowledging that extortion is a crime. But why this perseveration on ‘Republican’? There are righteous Republicans: exhibit A Abraham Lincoln, B, Teddy Roosevelt.

    Burns is a rich guy who hired whores. If he was straight this would have flown under the radar, which only shows just how far we have yet to go.

    • Myko

      Totally agree !

      • mariodemocrat

        Of course you do. Retard.

        • Myko

          SIT DOWN TWAT !

    • NG212

      That isn’t a good or effective way to defend Donald Burns and the modern GOP.

      Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt’s ideologies and policies bear little resemblance to the modern Republican party — which has evolved in a different direction and been influenced greatly by the influx of former Dixiecrats/southern segregationist Democrats during the Civil Rights Movement.

      Abraham Lincoln was a big federal government type who dramatically rejected states’ rights arguments (a belief fundamental to the modern GOP), heavily used executive power, and spent large sums of money investing in infrastructure.

      Teddy Roosevelt was one of the most instrumental Progressives in American history (he was literally part of the Progressivism Movement). This is a movement that is now firmly entrenched within the Democratic Party — and has no existence in the modern GOP.

      The parties change. Andrew Jackson was a founder of the Democratic Party, but he was a conservative who advanced policies anathema to the modern party. And some conservatives are now holding up Jackson’s political and economic principles as a worthwhile roadmap as modern liberals shit all over Jackson and his genocidal legacy.

      So while those two were Republicans in their day, they held on to a different set of beliefs than those of modern Republicans. It’s a different party with the same name. Just as Democratic Party changed dramatically over the decades and centuries.

      So I don’t get how name dropping a couple presidents from the mid 19th and early 20th centuries is supposed to convince Zach or anyone else of the political and cultural left that “righteous Republicans” exist, and therefore Donald Burns can’t be all bad.

      • dvlaries

        Exactly. Once Lyndon Johnson signed back to back Civil Rights measures in 1964 and 1965, he pronounced, “We’ve just lost the South for a generation,” and that Texan would surely know where the racists were. He was right but his prognostication was too modest.

        Along came Nixon and Reagan with their respective ‘silent majority’ and southern strategy dressed in dog whistle terms about ‘states rights’ signaling to Southern racists the Republicans would be only too happy now to coddle them. And that’s the way it’s been ever since.

      • John Iii

        I don’t think it was a “defense” for either one. It’s just true that fact he’s a republican just had very little if anything to with this case. I’m a democrat myself but think there has been a lot of misplaced ranting about the republican dude. It’s just a lot more of the story is you screwed with a rich powerful guy and committed a hard core crime in the process. So he took you down. Could have as easily be a democratic powerful guy.

        Jarec was playing way above his league so payed the price for being so stupid. If you are going to attempt such an extortion you don’t leave such a long long paper trail about it via texts and emails. Just texts don’t just go away if you delete them as the prosecution showed us

        • NG212

          I have no interest in re-litigating the case with you. My comment had little to do with the particulars of this case, so I’m not sure why you’re bringing it up tbh.

          My point was that ‘kevin’ namedropped two great historical presidents as a way to suggest Zach should not have a problem with modern Republicans because Lincoln and Roosevelt labeled themselves with the same word. It’s a flimsy, superficial argument to most who are nuanced in American history and politics.

          Look, I’m center left. I don’t think Republicans are necessarily evil. And I don’t think Burns assembled a harem because he’s a Republican.

          But I also don’t understand why some seem offended that Zach *accurately* labels Burns a Republican in these posts. It’s not slander or an epithet. It’s true. He’s a Republican.

          Don’t get me wrong, I get what Zach is doing — using ‘Republican’ as a pejorative — but I don’t get why people are offended. Look where we are — a gay porn blog. From a cultural perspective, Republicans are hostile to gay people. That’s obviously not why Burns is a Republican, since he’s out. So he must be a Republican for economic reasons — to maintain his incumbency of wealth and elitism.

          Either way, fuck him.

      • kevin

        Prior to his presidency, Lincoln was a lawyer for several rail-roads and enforced Eminent Domain evictions on several of the Indiana and Illinois homesteaders he grew up among, so in that regard he was about as Republican as they come. And he wasn’t necessarily a ‘big federal government type’, but rather a war-time president, waging war on a scale unprecedented even by Napoleonic France.

        Andrew Jackson was the first president to take a hard-line against States Rights (the Nullification crisis). “To our Federal Union. May she endure forever!” Under his administration suffrage was expanded by removing the property requirement — pretty progressive/democratic for 1829!

        But my point remains that Burn’s wallet-driven politics is immaterial to his hiring escorts, and his politics shouldn’t make him fair-game for a skeevy Eurotrash extortionist.

    • mariodemocrat

      Shut up, you dumb bitch.

    • Pascal

      What NG212 said, plus I wouldn’t describe the ‘lamestream’ media treatment of Spitzer as ‘under the radar’ either.

      The ‘Leave Donald alone!’ posts are really getting weirder and weirder.

      He pretty much singlehandedly destroyed one of the greatest porn sites (he was smart doing it in that he figured the site’s business model was based on g4pers’ innate insatiable greediness I give you that) and he should be given a pass? O_o

      • NG212

        “He pretty much singlehandedly destroyed one of the greatest porn sites”

        To me, this is Burns’s biggest offense. He raided my favorite porn studio and upended their roster of models. In their golden era.

        So I won’t weep for Burns because he was extorted. And I’m not going to tell gays online to tone down their criticism of him.

        He’s the subscriber whose personal greed ruined the site for the rest of the subscribers. Fuck Burns.

    • Zachary Sire

      “But why this perseveration on Republican?”

      Because he’s a registered Republican.

      • John Iii

        He could have easily has been a registered democrat. The GOP doesn’t have a monopoly on horny old rich guys paying to get laid.

        • GN

          It has a monopoly on horny old rich guys paying to get laid while they pass ‘religious freedom’ laws.

        • Mike Julius

          But he ISN’T a Democrat. He’s a registered Republican. Are you disputing that? No? Then what is your major malfunction? How many ways does someone have to tell you that his portrayal in the article is accurate?

          Are you still confused? Because your confusion confuses me.

          • Kandel

            I simply assumed it was just to be funny, since the elections are coming up and it’s already just a fuckin’ mess as it is. This would just add to the silliness. But I’m just simple-minded and easily entertained.
            Also, it’s less shocking when democrats are in sex scandals cause they’re kinda like that loose college girl or circuit gay, so you see it coming, more or less.
            Republicans are more like that friend with a perpetual stick up their as, so they get called out for being hypocrites because they like to preach family values and shit.

          • Mike Julius

            That’s true of straight republicans and SOME log cabin delusionals, but I think the only stick up Don’s ass is the one he pays for with the money he thinks will be preserved only if Republicans have as much power as possible.

      • kevin

        As is Jenna Jamison. I don’t see any signs of her finding the Lord or supporting Family Values legislation anytime soon. She votes with here wallet. She said something to the effect of ‘once you become rich, you become Republican’.

        David Geffen is a heavy contributor to the Democrats, yet I don’t see any posts about his chicken-hawk antics mentioning his political affiliation.

        Legally, it’s a question of materiality. Burns’ politics and intimate life have nothing to do with each other.

        Burns’ Republicanism is likely rooted in his feelings about free enterprise and taxation. His support of the opposition to the Florida marriage initiative doesn’t exactly make him square with the Family First crowd.

  • http://getlost.com David Dwyer

    Str8upgayporn. Often imitated, never duplicated by little bitch trolls from hell who can’t even get the basic facts straight.

  • John Iii

    This whole thing certainly won’t make it any easier for SC to attract models. The coverage makes it sound like it’s where you go if you want to be a prostitute.

    • kevin

      I think Sean Cody gets the brunt of Burns because they’re SD-based. If he was based in LA, he’d probably be hitting on the Corbies or NYC the Cockies

  • NG212

    I think some of you who defend Burns focus on the legal question of who committed a bigger crime, and misunderstand that dissenters are not apologizing for Jarec, but simply prefer Jarec to the social figure of Burns — who may as well be the ‘Simpsons’ character of the same name.

    Most of my discussion has been about what Burns did to my beloved Sean Cody, but I absolutely get why some commenters react viscerally to this particular john. Consider the narrative: a rich gay man supports the GOP — which actively works against our rights and collective legitimacy. He takes male hookers to (family values?) Republican events so he can give them money to protect his own wealth and reject policies that help the vast majority of Americans.

    Then he and his escort go home to have orgies in his beautiful mansion with all the other guys he picked out from his favorite website like it’s an Amazon wishlist. And he throws money at them to come back over and over and to recruit new guys. And it’s never enough.

    He’s so selfish and so greedy as he raids the website he loves that he causes serious harm to their casting efforts — a blow they still haven’t recovered from tbh. And the people who lost the most aren’t the escorts (who were paid handsomely), but Burns’s fellow subscribers, whom he screwed over (no pun intended because eww) in his greed and zeal.

    And then this pattern of gluttonously prioritizing himself over anyone or anything else starts to resemble his politics.

    In every facet, he seems like a selfish person who uses his money to get whatever he wants and never faces consequences — even when he does something wrong.

    So don’t tell me what Jarec did. I know what Jarec did.

    • John Iii

      The part you’re missing is none of this is really about his political affiliation. This could have just as easily been a Democratic supporter up to his tricks…and i say that as a democrat myself. This just isn’t really a story of GOP vs other parties. It’s all about a rich guy who of course has more power in such a situation. That would always be the case. J fucked up thinking he could ever get away with it with someone that simply is way out of his league in power and influence.

      • NG212

        I don’t know why you respond to my comments since you always misunderstand my point.

        In that comment, I’m not talking about crime and punishment. I’m not laying out why a person was extorted. I’m not arguing for Jarec and his actions.

        I’m explaining why people are hostile to Donald Burns. And if you want to understand (and I’m not sure you do/can), you need to put aside your talking points.

        Because what my comment was about is how some people view Burns — as a human. Not as a victim of a crime. Or as a perpetrator of another crime. But, from what we know about him, Burns as a character.

        And yes, that includes his behavior, his perceived worldview, his politics. Because those are things we consider about a person as we assess them.

        You don’t have to agree with this assessment of Burns, but you should understand why the response to him is instinctual among many. It has nothing to do with Jarec’s greed or condoning extortion.

        It has to do with the sort of American Burns represents. He’s a symbol of a profligate upper class that is hypocritical, greedy, and always evades accountability. He gets what he wants and he gets away with it.

        That’s what people are responding to.

        • @firfriq

          Good argument! =)

        • kevin

          “Profligate”? I don’t see where the vocabulary of moral turpitude has any place in a discussion of gay porn stars and prostitution. These guys, all porn models beforehand, went in with their eyes open looking to make a fast buck. Burns wined and dined them and paid them well. Sounds like a win-win for all concerned.

          And why is Burns’ activity so idiomatically ‘American’? Do you mean to say that rich French, British, Russians don’t do the same, and haven’t done so since time immemorial? Ever read the Book of Esther? Mordecai essentially pimps his daughter to Xerxes.

          And what about the Sultan of Dubai? American Playmates get paid $100,000 to spend a month in his compound for him and his brother’s enjoyment. None of them are complaining. By their report, the brothers are ‘perfect gentleman’.

          • NG212

            I am not going to waste my time engaging in a point-by-point exchange with the Lincoln and Roosevelt namedrop guy.

            I said what I said. I meant what I said. Several people understood and agreed with what I said. Some people didn’t.

      • kevin

        Exhibit A David Geffen

  • http://getlost.com David Dwyer

    Hey Zach, the story has been picked up by The Young Turks with the headline being “Republican blackmailed by gay porn star”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upZpWvQEEos

  • Dazzer

    Just a guess here, but the courts have moved the sentencing towards 31 October so that small traders can capitalise on sales of Donald Burns masks for Hallowe’en.

  • Myko

    Jarec is back in court sooner as they want to know where he has hidden the $500k

    • John Iii

      He spent a big chunk of already i’m sure. The rest they will probably never find. If it were in an account that would have been easy to track. They would already know where it was and froze any associated accounts

    • Zachary Sire

      The money is not hidden. I reported months ago that Jarec’s bank accounts were seized, and over $450,000 has been frozen. The money will go back to Burns shortly.

  • No_No_No_Yes

    Great coverage of a bizarrely half assed prosecution. In what universe does the “John” get his money back? Given that he planted the seed (ha) for this monster to grow by openly procuring paid sex from boys who could be his kids, I would think federal forfeiture laws if not state would apply.

    Where in all of this were his multiple violations declared forgiven?

    Under California prostitution law, a lewd act requires physical contact of a sexual nature, sexual conduct, or sexual intercourse between two people. It also is a crime to solicit prostitution, such as offering to pay money for sex, or to pander prostitution (activity commonly referred to as “pimping”).

    Any word of charges being handed down?