[UPDATED] Gay Porn Star/Convicted Murderer David Meza And Sketchy Sex Owner Mike Gilbert Featured On CNBC’s “Deadly Rich”

Posted July 30, 2018 by with 36 comments

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UPDATE:

As expected, Sketchy Sex owner and director Mike Gilbert did appear on tonight’s episode of CNBC’s “Deadly Rich” to discuss his working relationship with convicted murderer David Meza (Meza performed in several Sketchy Sex scenes prior to murdering his sugar daddy in Mexico), and I was able to record Gilbert’s interview. Sorry for the shaky camera work (I was pulling out my phone at the last minute), and sorry for laughing during part of Gilbert’s interview (once you hear what he says, you might laugh, too).

I hope(?) Gilbert was just kidding about Sketchy Sex being the “end of the road,” or maybe he was being hyperbolic (as directed by show producers?) because this is a true crime cable TV show. In any event, the complete, hour-long episode was well done (there’s a lot of audio of Meza being interviewed by police, and it’s chilling to hear), so check your cable guide to see when the episode might re-air on CNBC.

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Original story as published July 24th.

In late 2015, Str8UpGayPorn broke the news that gay porn star David Meza had been arrested for murdering his wealthy sugar daddy, Jake Merendino, in Mexico. Meza (who performed as “Francisco” on Sean Cody, as well as “Mario Romo” on Sketchy Sex, MormonBoyz, and several other studios) was found guilty last year and sentenced to life in prison, while Meza’s girlfriend and mother of his infant child was sentenced to two years in prison for helping him attempt to cover up the brutal murder. As you’ll recall, Meza stabbed Merendino 24 times, slit his throat, and dumped his body in a Mexican ravine where he bled to death. Now, the story of Meza and Merendino—who purportedly met via Meza’s online escorting ad—is coming to an episode of CNBC’s “Deadly Rich,” which will explore how Meza conned Merendino and eventually killed him. Clip from the episode:

Str8UpGayPorn has learned that “Deadly Rich” producers interviewed gay porn director Mike Gilbert (who filmed David Meza in various scenes for Sketchy Sex), and some of that interview will be featured in the episode. You can see Gilbert briefly in this trailer:

Before killing him, Meza convinced Merendino to name him as his sole heir in a handwritten will. Then, shortly after the murder, Meza brought that will to the victim’s Texas lawyer in an attempt to claim a sizable inheritance as Merendino’s sole heir. Another clip from the episode:

This episode of “Deadly Rich” will air next Monday, July 30th on CNBC, and here’s one more clip. This video features extremely graphic photos of the crime scene and Merendino’s dead body:

  • Miloš Del Rey

    Sean cody models always know how to make it big don’t they. 😶🤭

  • James Johnson III

    This is going to be fantastic. I can’t wait to watch this

  • Burkeman

    The most saddening example of gay-for-pay profiteering in the history of the industry.

    • Default_User

      Not even close. The truth is this can happen whether Meza is gay or straight. the primary motive here is greed, and greed is very gender and sexuality neutral.

      • FeydRautha

        What a crock of bull. Do women commit violent murder in the same numbers as men? Almost every instance of gay-sex-hooker-violently-killing-john I can recall has these been G4P/”str8″/ego-dystonic types… Harlow Cuadra/Joseph Kerekes don’t count; they didn’t fuck Bryan Kocis and then extort money from him afterwards AFAIK…

        • TroyMcK

          Let’s not forget SC “Addison” who I believe is serving a life sentence in a Florida prison for murder…again, committed with his alleged girlfriend. I may have my facts wrong.

        • n24rc

          Exactly. Usually the Johns try to kill the women who are extorting them or make it clear by threats not to. That is why a professional code is used by sex workers to not talk about their johns. Which is problematic, since the majority of crime, as a result from prostitution comes from the johns. prostitution should be legal, because the women then can come forward and press charges, and you’d take it off the streets.

        • Default_User

          Addison killed a person who hired his girlfriend to rob him, IIRC. It has nothing to do with his gay for pay work.

          • FeydRautha

            “Jason Andrews, known to gay porn fans as Sean Cody’s ‘Addison,’ and his former porn star girlfriend Amanda Logue were convicted in 2012 for murdering a 41-year-old man who had hired Andrews to attend a sex party at his home. According to police reports, Andrews stabbed and bludgeoned victim Dennis Abrahamson in order to steal his credit card, cash, video camera, and laptop. The crime was noted for its ‘brutality and callousness.'”

    • some charge

      The most saddening part is that some posters here keep idolizing gay-for-pay

  • Ricky

    OMG I literally just masturbated to a dvd of him last night!

    As Mario Romo, he was quite the star of so many SX movies. I will say for an allegedly gay-for-pay porn star, he performed with such enthusiasm, in everything from one-on-one scenes to bareback orgies. It is definitely a loss for gay porn, but of course the real tragedy is that man’s sad death at David’s hands.

    • n24rc

      Yea. Sadly, it’s one of the cases of wanting to take your masturbation back after getting to know who the person is. Awful.

      • Ed Woody

        Isn’t that basically the entirety of the gay porn industry these days? In many ways it was better when we knew nothing about these people other than how they looked on screen.

        It’s hard to get off to somebody when you know how many people they’ve murdered, how many drugs they’ve sold, how many diseases they’ve caught, how many children they’ve abused… Ignorance was bliss in that regard.

        • Sean

          Why? I have no problemn watching a football highlight reel of OJ SImspon, despite the fact he beat the hell out of his ex wife for years and eventually killed her. I can watch a movie about Babe Ruth and not care about him beiong an alcohil womanizer who hated black people. I can even watch Bill Cosby performances and not have to get into the idea that he drugged unsuspecting women. I even can watch old episodes of Roseanne and not care that she voted for the cheeto.
          The ability to separate a performers personl life with their screen life is a necessity. Medling them together is why these kind of things happen. The “sugar daddy” or “john” does not see the image on screen as a HUMAN BEING and the performer only sees the person buying his services as an ATM machine.

          • n24rc

            False equivalence. Sex Fantasies are about the ideal situation or object of desire. OJ was marketed as “All American” but people know what he was about in the 70’s – a coke-fiend, Oreo.

          • Sean

            Yet he still starred in movies all the time. WHat do you think people who watch highlight reels of sports stars are thinking about? Many are fantasizing that they wish THEY could be the run like “fill in hte blank” The fact that you can not distinguish a CHARACTER on a video from rela life sex means you really havent had too much sex.

        • n24rc

          Well, studios would manage the marketing of performers and sometimes would create a completely fictional character so that people would be interested. NOW, anybody online can market themselves(badly, I might add), to try and land more jobs.

  • Kevin Jones

    I definitely plan to watch this.

  • I liked him in his bareback scenes as he has that kind of slightly stocky latino look that I like, and I could overlook that he was G4P but then when he was busted for murdering that guy and the story of his deception and how he killed the man and then disposed of the body made me just hate the evil SOB, and hope that he gets some prison justice from an inmate bigger than him and more powerful who is looking for a bitch.

  • DJ

    You get what you pay for… unfortunately in this case.

  • Hari Kalyan

    Can’t wait for this to be turned into a big budget hollywood movie staring James Franco as Merendino

  • Jace

    Mike Gilbert used to do porn himself, and briefly ran a terrible site for sport fetishists. Good to see he’s upgraded to sleazy, barebacking cum dumps (he was strictly condom himself) and promoting the site to performers as the site of last resort.

  • Jace

    Mike Gilbert used to do porn himself as Jeremy Hall, and briefly ran a terrible site for sport fetishists. Good to see he’s upgraded to sleazy, barebacking cum dumps (he was strictly condom himself) and promoting the site to performers as the site of last resort. At least he’s still hot.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b34f4588c4d045a4ebaad1c509d6118c34f0c9e809740e21fcda11374525a268.jpg

    • Ed Woody

      I used to be so into Jeremy Hall when I was a pro porn reviewer myself. Like, a real fluttery, nervous dry mouth crush. I managed to interview him twice, including once with him sat on my own couch in my own living room. I regretted not having the balls to make a move, regardless how inappropriate and unprofessional it would have been.

      Now… not so much.

    • mistymouse

      which scene is this?

  • Marcus Collack

    Well…Well… Well… If it isn’t Jeremy Hall.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ccf809f673621d8ea949beb224a7d822c39084c86351108d60e3c8e705f3578f.jpg
    Sketchy Sex = When you come to work for me, it’s the end of the road.

  • Marcus Collack

    Well…Well… Well… If it isn’t Jeremy Hall.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ccf809f673621d8ea949beb224a7d822c39084c86351108d60e3c8e705f3578f.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4fffce9bdb6b6b9ebe56033698e664639500b1c041ef428609a03f710ca9c646.jpg

    Fraternity X, Drill him, and Sketchy Sex = When you come to work for me, it’s the end of the road. (I am so tempted to send this video to everyone at these websites, but I am not that petty…a link will do, nah that’s too petty too.)

    • mistymouse

      oh no wonder I have a deja vu I have seen the guy somewhere before. Well I only saw him naked, that’s why :p

    • Hush-ins

      Care to elaborate?

    • Ninja0980

      I miss his old website.

  • I DVR’d it and had to rewind after he made that end of the road comment to make sure I heard him right. Seems odd to basically put down your own site. And I wouldn’t call most of the guys who appear on Sketchysex end of the road. There are other sites more end of the road than sketchysex.

  • doodlebug

    I liked the detective. “If you see me with some good looking 26 y.o., I’m paying for it. That’s all there is to it.” In this increasingly bullshit world, it’s nice to have just a moment of unvarnished truth and honesty.

    • magenta5

      Sometimes it’s just dinner and used books, but yes, he’s paying for it. :)

  • KP

    Gilbert didn’t mention the gallons of fake cum.

  • FooFight

    I just watched this and was so saddened by it. By all accounts, Merendino was simply a naïve, lonely man who blindly fell in love with a cherub-faced hustler. It was chilling to hear about how the murder went down – Merendino rushing out in the wee hours of the morning on a desolate highway to help Meza, whose motorcycle had allegedly broken down, only to be greeted by a knife-wielding Meza, who repeatedly stabs Merendino as Merendino tries to run away before finally collapsing in a pool of blood. That he was likely still alive as Meza tossed his body into the ravine is sickening to imagine.

    God, the horror Merendino must have faced during those final minutes, seeing the man he had given his life to taking his own life away. I hope Meza lives his remaining years in psychological torment.

    The show didn’t really go into what Meza’s girlfriend knew and what her involvement was. I find it hard to believe she was unaware of Meza’s relationship with Merendino, and I have to wonder if she didn’t coax Meza to get rid of the man who was standing between them and millions of dollars.

  • Peter the Pumpkin Eater

    this episode of deadly rich is on demand on Comcast —- EXCELLENT !!!! and how sad