[UPDATED] Nica Noelle And Icon Male Sued In Federal Court For Illegally Shooting Porn In Massachusetts Rental Home

Posted March 27, 2018 by with 49 comments

nica23This story is being continually updated below.

Well, here we go again. If you enjoyed reading about the “feces mansion” lawsuit against Michael Lucas and Lucas Entertainment after they were sued in 2016 for shooting porn in a fraudulently rented Airbnb, it’s time for a similar lawsuit, and this one has been filed in federal court in Massachusetts against director Nica Noelle and Icon Male for filming porn illegally in a Martha’s Vineyard rental home. Photo of the home:

As first reported by The Blast today, Nica Noelle and her studio Icon Male are being sued by a Massachusetts woman whose home in Martha’s Vineyard was rented by Noelle and Icon Male from October, 2014 through May, 2015, where it was used to shoot multiple pornographic films without the homeowner’s knowledge or consent. Coincidentally, Noelle was accused of abusive behavior and creating unsafe working conditions by multiple performers on shoots around the same time at the same rental home, including one accusation from performer Nick Capra that Noelle left the home covered in rodent feces. Via The Blast:

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.”

Str8UpGayPorn has obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which includes details of Nica Noelle lying to the homeowner repeatedly, Noelle and Icon not paying the homeowner for damages, and the police being called to the home. Ironically, it was disgruntled performer Billy Santoro (who is now an employee of Icon Male and best friend to Noelle) who contacted a local newspaper to report that porn was being illegally shot at the home—as Str8Up first reported back in 2015, and as noted in the complaint below—which means that he could be partly to blame for alerting the homeowner to the illegal porn shoots, thus provoking this entire lawsuit.

Other details in the complaint, which was filed yesterday in Massachusetts, include Nica Noelle being kicked off the property, damages to the home that left it in a “deplorable” condition, unlawful break in to the homeowner’s padlocked bedroom closet, the homeowner eventually seeing the porn movies filmed in her home, and the homeowner reading Noelle’s tweets, in which Noelle lies to her Twitter followers about being able to legally produce porn in the fraudulently rented home. The complaint also mentions that letters have been sent to distributors of the Icon Male films, demanding that they stop marketing and selling the movies. There were multiple porn movies alleged to have been shot illegally at the home, with two of them being identified in the complaint as Schoolboy Fantasies 2 and His Son’s Best Friend Volume 1.

The plaintiff is suing for 10 different counts, including civil violation of the RICO act (for racketeering and corruption), civil fraud, trespassing, infliction of emotional and mental distress, and even copyright infringement (the plaintiff’s paintings in the home appear in the porn movies), and she has asked the court for a jury trial. The plaintiff is also asking the court to establish liability for each of the defendants, so the exact dollar amount she’s suing for hasn’t been determined yet, but it’ll undoubtedly be a large amount. This is a long read, but trust me, it is absolutely fantastic from start to finish:

ADDED:

Here below is the original demand letter from the plaintiff sent to Nica Noelle and Mile High Media back in October of 2015. Like the lawsuit above, it’s a lengthy read, but it goes into detail about how the house was rented, and everything that transpired between the plaintiff and the defendants over the six months that Icon Male was illegally shooting porn at the rental. Also, towards the end of the demand, the plaintiff gives Nica Noelle and Icon Male an option to settle the case for $3,000,000, which they obviously didn’t do. That means the suit now will be asking for at least that much, and most likely a lot more, given sales of all the Icon Male movies filmed in the home over the last four years.

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Str8UpGayPorn has obtained three photos taken inside the rental home, submitted by the plaintiff as Exhibit 2 (the demand letter above was Exhibit 1).

ndetThis first photo appears to show a tile floor inside the home that’s been severely stained and/or damaged by water or some other liquid, as seen in the darkened circular portion of the floor below:

tle4This next photo shows humongous piles of soiled laundry in front of a washer and dryer. Presumably, these are the homeowner’s bed linens that were destroyed during production of the porn movies:

underwear2Finally, this last photo shows a pair of Fruit Of The Loom underwear (it’s not clear if the underwear is male or female) that was pulled from one of the piles of laundry. Inside the underwear is a large dark smudge, which is presumably feces or blood:

underwear1

  • FrenchBug

    As often, torn between the schadenfreude and the fact a lot of the claims in this suit sound like utter get-that-coin BS.

    • Zachary Sire

      Fraud is fraud. Rental homes can’t be used for commercial purposes unless specifically rented for that purpose. It would all be in the contract.

      • FrenchBug

        Sure. She does have a legal case.
        But she had to go to therapy over gay porn being filmed in her house? Gurl, please.

        • Zachary Sire

          If I was an older lady and found out dozens of people were fucking in my bed and my home was in porn movies sold around the world…I might want therapy. Not really abnormal to be upset.

          • FrenchBug

            I am not going to belabor the point because it seems I am just more cynical than you. Just thinking that it sounds more like typical civil-suit-melodramatic-padding to get emotional distress money on top of the legitimate case she has.
            But, hey, serves that whole lot right so I am not crying a river.

          • JasCo

            She probably feels as though she needs to take a can of petrol and a match to her property and burn the mother down in order to be really clean. She can bleach and scrub but this stank ain’t gonna be gone that simply. Get ’em girl!

          • Jace

            The plaintiff is 43, so now I feel ancient. But, that’s beside the point. She rented the house out for residential, not commercial, purposes. Even if she didn’t object to porn being filmed there, she would have been entitled to a much higher rental fee because of the commercial use. And if Icon Male used her furnishings to film porn, then that is just all kinds of nasty.

          • nbtx27

            “all kinds of nasty” Absolutely right! WTF is wrong with people in this business. Why would you treat someone else’s property in that manner.
            These people seem like pigs.

          • Marik Ishtar

            Picturing Zach donning a flowery hat, clutching his pearls, and serving his best shaken face is going to give me giggles for moments to come.

            Recounting the crime to the police:
            “…and they didn’t use real cumshots! I’m not saying I would have preferred semen on my down pillows, but if you are going to defile them at least have some class about it!”

          • Sebastian S

            Plus all of the legal work she has to go through to get this resolved and there media attention. That’s all pretty stressful.

        • Xzamilloh

          I don’t know… I’d be pretty stressed if I rented a house to someone and then realized that every other person I possibly rented to was using furniture that someone’s bare asshole had been sliding up and down on. The cleaning alone, because you wouldn’t know WHAT room they used, the sheets, the couches, the tables, and then what if they used other household items as props? And that’s just the sex… maybe other illegal activities were going on in there. She has a reason to be stressed out. That’s nasty

          • FrenchBug

            Counterpoint would be: so would I but that’s why I would never put my home to rent on those websites.
            Even if it hadn’t been a porn movie shoot, the folks she is renting to probably fuck all over the house just the same – at the very least in the bed. The only difference is that here it was filmed but the whole thing “traumatizing to have people have sex in your house” thing doesn’t wash with me. Clearly, if you rent to others, others will have sex in there.

          • Xzamilloh

            Maybe they do, but they’re not filming it or trashing her house, or putting her house out there in porn without her permission, so yeah, it’s a little different, although I get your point.

          • FrenchBug

            Yes. Which gets back to my initial point. There is a reason for which you can’t shoot a porn in a house you are renting without authorization, so she has a strong legal case, but the idea that it is emotionally traumatizing sounds like melodrama to yield emotional distress money.

          • Xzamilloh
          • Stuart

            Nica Noelle doing god knows what in your house would be traumatizing let’s be honest.

            Fumigating all your nice things you really don’t want to part with wouldn’t be cheap either, hell yes to piling on the emotional distress for some coin.

        • Scrapple

          We’ve seen some of the porn being presented recently. Sometimes I feel like I need a therapy sesh.

    • Ed Woody
  • FrenchBug

    As a side note, can someone explain to me how Icon Male justifies the expense of renting a home in Martha’s Vineyard for those movies? Seriously, if Nica convinced you renting a nice house is necessary for the movie’s plot, I can see that. But there are plenty, and I mean plenty, of other rural New England places with lovely homes that would cost a whole lot less than playpen-to-the-rich Martha’s Vineyard. I realize feces-covered houses weren’t acceptable but that seems to be overdoing it the other way.
    As if hiring (and re-hiring!) Noelle wasn’t enough to question the judgement of whoever runs IM, those kinds of financial decisions certainly confirm it.

    • Pinko of the Grange

      It was an off season rental and normally they are very reasonable, especial when compared to other furnished rentals.

  • Scrapple

    Is it really that hard to find people who are fine with porn being filmed at their residence? Sean Cody has managed to do it a few times. Other studios do it frequently. Why lie?

    I don’t know who is more stupid/sloppy, Billy for running to the papers about Nica then going back to work with her, or Nica for taking him back.

  • jimboivyo

    Wasn’t this the one and only real estate listing Nica Noelle ever had in her brief career? No wonder she was fired. 😏

  • AlohaMar

    Yikes. Federal court is no joke. This could take years unless it gets settled quickly.

  • Estelle

    Wasn’t Nica Noelle trying to launch a career selling real estate in Martha’s Vineyard a few years back.

    TLA and gamma are where the deep pockets are in this case and where she will likely get most of her money, if they can legally maneuver to get out of the suit, nica and icon male are fucked as a company and may just take bankruptcy anyway.

    Emotional distress is hard to prove but in this instant she’s got a pretty good case for it.

    • AlohaMar

      TLA is probably as we speak drafting a motion to dismiss as to them on the theory they have no part in the creation of the movies and are merely a distributor that didn’t know what Icon Male was doing (unless there’s a stronger legal relationship with Icon Male that I don’t know about).

      • The Porn Emperor

        Seriously. She’s suing TLA because they innocently sold these videos, knowing nothing about any of this? That’s just greedy. (And then she wants them to give her the DVDs for free by reimbursing her for them!)

        • AlohaMar

          I get why she added them at the outset. With civil lawsuits you add any party that may remotely be involved, just in case. It’s easier to remove defendants than to add them. And TLA likely couldn’t get attorneys fees unless they prove their addition was frivolous, which, considering she’s making a copyright claim, isn’t gonna happen. In fact, now that I think about it, they may not be successful in a dismissal, if only because of that copyright claim. I doubt they would be liable for damages, but they would have to comply with any order of the court regarding sale or distribution if the plaintiff’s copyright claim succeeds.

    • Zachary Sire

      I don’t see how Gamma and TLA can be liable, as they couldn’t have had knowledge or played a part in the movies being shot in the fraudulently rented home. They will, presumably, have to abide by any eventual ruling preventing sale or distribution of the movies.

      • Estelle

        Jon blitts company is incorporated so his personal assets are protected, but nica, josh and April being sued under their legal names and the dba names, and none of them have a inc or llc by their porn names, would this open the door for seizing personal assets if there was a judgment? Which makes me wonder if Nica Noelle may be dealing with a potential personal bankruptcy.

        • Zachary Sire

          Hopefully.

  • nick

    “decorative pillows were defiled” – lol

    • Hereweare

      I lol’d that one too!
      I also love the copyright infringement for filming the ladies paintings!

  • Devin

    Zach, did you hear that they are starting an interracial site? I think Nica Noelle is behind it

    • Zachary Sire

      It’s called “Icon Noir,” yes, but Chi Chi is directing it. Although, I think the whole studio will be shut down and have to file for bankruptcy. I don’t see any way out of this suit.

  • nick

    Started reading the document but gave up when they started rambling on about the neighbour and his yacht that the president once hired, is all this relevant ?

    • Zachary Sire

      That was in the demand letter sent in 2015 (and it was silly, yes), but not part of the complaint filed this week.

  • OverKill
    • Xzamilloh

      I want Zach to keep an eye on Miles Sergeant and Jake Porter come midterm elections. I’m just gonna predict right now a blue wave taking over Congress, so I want a front row seat to the derping and splerging that will be going on on that front.

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      Disclaimer: Conservatives tend to have racists in their midsts, homophobes, bigots, those who lean towards extreme alt right ideologies that favor ethnostates… and some of them I’m sure are good people.

  • Zealot

    Looking at Noelle and Sargent Mile’s mugs together on the face page of this blog is about more than I can handle on a Tuesday. Hell…any day.

  • Hari Kalyan

    What a shame because I always thought the decor of Icon Male scenes was absolutely dreadful and semi-homophobic. Like what kind of gays would ever have sex on those ugly bed spreads? And not to mention some of the curtains! Deplorable.

  • King

    I can’t wait to read this answers to the complaint! Zach, please please PRETTY please update this with their answers when they are filed!

    • Zachary Sire

      Defendants have to reply to the complaint within 21 days, and their responses will definitely be posted here.

  • iamtheenemy_

    Hopefully this will shut down that god awful site.

  • Kevin Jones

    Gross!

  • Vancraw

    Porn producers, pay your landlords and clean up after yourself…and there would’ve been no case. is it really that difficult?