Exclusive—Men.com Director Paul Wagner Responds To Performer Cyrus Stark’s Claims Of Harassment On Set: “There Was Absolutely No Harassment”

Posted August 3, 2019 by with 50 comments

paul wagner gay porn star director[Paul Wagner image via Falcon Studios; Cyrus Stark image via Men.com]

Earlier this week, Str8UpGayPorn reported on allegations from gay porn newcomer Cyrus Stark, who claimed that he was “sexually abused,” “tricked” into signing model release forms, and didn’t receive proper payments during a gay porn shoot in Los Angeles for Men.com, which was directed by Paul Wagner. According to Stark, director Wagner (himself a former gay porn star) was a “complete asshole” who made him “uncomfortable,” and had him film “fake” sex scenes while he was bleeding. In Stark’s lengthy complaint, he also states that his boyfriend was with him at a hotel following the shoot, where Wagner allegedly “harassed” him during checkout.

Today, Paul Wagner has issued a statement exclusively to Str8UpGayPorn in response to Stark’s allegations. Wagner denies “tricking” or “harassing” Stark, says that Stark was paid in full, and provides other details about the shoot that may have led to Stark’s complaint, including Stark’s premature ejaculation on set, Stark’s boyfriend not being allowed in the hotel room where models were booked, and Stark being “unable to perform.”

Here’s Paul Wagner’s full statement to Str8UpGayPorn in response to Cyrus Stark (and ICYMI, read Stark’s note for full context):

At Men.com we make a concerted effort to ensure our models are well taken care of in every aspect of their experience on set. We begin by informing them of our production standards and guidelines with respect to testing, travel, lodging, production timelines, etc. For that reason, I am responding to Cyrus Stark’s claims below.

The day of the shoot in question, we began at 10:00 AM and did our normal b-roll (which lasted 45 minutes), had the models “prepare” for their scene and then did the photo setups. When the actual shooting began prior to 2:00 pm, both performers prematurely ejaculated in a very short span of time with only one set-up completed. We gave them both a couple hours to rest, but neither was able to perform that afternoon. We called the shoot at that point and paid the actors for the protracted day. We have the payments being provided on camera with the model addressing the fact that they have received the appropriate compensation. We do this so there is no question in the future.

Prior to Cyrus flying out to LA, he asked us if we would pay for travel for his boyfriend, as it was around the time of LA Pride. We informed him that we do not fly out boyfriends for shoots, nor could he share a room with him as he was going to have another performer as his roommate. While the models were doing b-roll on the day in question, another model arrived at the hotel room he was meant to be sharing with Cyrus. The model texted us saying there was a stranger in the hotel room—Cyrus’ boyfriend—and that the hotel room was a complete mess. As the model didn’t feel comfortable staying there, we eventually had to go out to the hotel following wrap to make certain that the room was habitable.

As he did not follow our clearly stated rules and was unable to perform that day, we released Cyrus from the next day’s shoot. There was absolutely no “trick” or harassment of any kind. All payments including expenses are documented via camera, and Venmo reimbursements were paid prior to shoot day.

We wish all of our models to have a good experience on set and wish Cyrus well.

  • Hotpocket_cub

    Soooooo first time bratty twink didnt get his way and was caught not following company policy? so he went on tirade bashing company? So now we have both sides of the story.

    • Adam

      Buuut there is absolutely no common ground between the two stories and there are things left unaddressed by this response like Cyrus being cut all to hell from falling in the bushes all afternoon (which btw I’m in agreement with someone who posted on the last article they might not have had performance issues if they had shot the sex BEFORE all the B-roll nonsense), so being as they are two completely different recollections of events, unless they produce the tapes of him getting paid in full it’s still he said – he said.

    • AndyHardy

      Yeah, sorry but the “Who are they going to believe, a respected professional in the business like me or a little nothing like you?” is exactly the attitude that has created toxic harassment scenarios for years. I have no idea if this kid followed company policy or not, and neither do you. The fact remains that there’s a lot of the story not addressed in Wagner’s response, I would GUESS because he doesn’t believe he has to. His word, as a icon, should be enough I assume. Let’s see the cancelled check. The amount of it should certainly go a long way toward validating either version. However much of the story is true or isn’t, it was certainly a poorly run and unprofessional shoot.

      • Hotpocket_cub

        I think its more of the KISS approach. Keep it simple stupid. Probably try to keep it small. Try to contain it.

  • CLElover216

    entitled millennial

    • Galaxy_Scribe

      Gen Z, but go off sis

  • CLElover216

    al least the twink didn’t bring his emotional support animal… everyone seems to have one of those these days.

    • Hotpocket_cub

      Yes he did…. he brought his bf lol. Probably tried to hide him too.

      • CLElover216

        that’s his agent/pimp

    • john a

      I wonder if these studios offer an alternative like having an added fee or deduction from pay for a pvt room. It’d be an easy solution

  • Twerkelina™

    the only REAL crime here is Paul Wagner being behind the camera instead of in front of the camera! gawd, the things I would do to get sexually harassed by Paul Wagner…

    • B.C.

      Yep, there are some really sexy guys standing behind the camera. Tragically, anyone can be in front of the camera. Desperate times, I guess.

      • john a

        More the other way around as most of the guys behind the camera seem to be clueless about what their job entails. Not saying it’s the case of Paul but the director the production needs to create a comfortable environment for the models to perform in their full potential. Then they have to make sure they capture what’s going on and enable us to see it as clearly as possible. Unfortunately a lot of these studios are using women on set in first place then they worry more about the decor and silly plots than good sex lastly the camera is all over the place but where it matters. As far as the precocious ejaculation that’s what happens when you hired teens lmao

        • B.C.

          I was not commenting on the business of shooting porn, just comparing two photos. And I’m definitely not a fan of MEN, as it could be seen from my posts.

          • john a

            gotcha

    • Paul J

      The same thing went through my mind, but good looking guys can be harassers. If you are used to having almost anyone you want, a refusal can be seen as a challenge. However, having read both sides, I don’t think there was any harassment here.

    • Alpio A.

      Just exactly what I was thinking !!!

    • Marcus Collack

      Are you serious. It’s okay to sexually harass if they are hot?!?

  • doodlebug

    A director/performer with a decade in the biz vs. a first time twink. I think we know who’s going to come out on top in this one. Even if Cyrus is 100% correct in his recollection he’s in a no win situation unless someone else collaborates his story.

  • AndyHardy

    Gee, Paul Wagner denies that any harassment occurred and says the whole story is made up. Shocker!

  • Scrapple

    1. If the boyfriend was going to fly out on his own dime anyway, surely he could’ve scraped together enough money to get his own room at what I assume is a two star hotel.

    2. I would’ve thought after Tegan Zayne’s allegations about Topher, studio’s would’ve thought twice about putting strangers up in rooms together. It’s not going to end well. Or it will end well, and ejaculations will be had. And it’s not like they even put the models who were working together in the same room, which would’ve made sense to build some kind of comfort level. Cyrus got a bed, some other model for another shoot got a bed, but Cyrus’ partner in this scene had to go spend several hours at an airport to wait for his flight home? What sense does that make?

    3. I find it hard to believe two young-ish models were only able to cum once in a day even given several hours of rest in between. And they both prematurely ejaculated? It’s hard enough for Men to find models who like each other, but this time they found two who were having so much fun they couldn’t keep it in their balls? Sure.

    4. Men has filmed limp erections, fake fucking and fake cumming before. What would’ve been the difference this time?

    5. Just because you have someone on camera saying everything is great, they’re being treated well and there are no complaints, it doesn’t mean anything. We’ve all seen enough hostage videos to know things can be said under duress which aren’t actually true.

    6. I still don’t understand studios doing photo shoots before or after the actual sex scenes. Okay, you want some marketable photos to promote the scene. But the frustration comes when things depicted in photos don’t appear in the actual vid. Take your photos during the actual fucking and you won’t run into problems like that, or models cumming too soon because they’ve been hard and simulating sex for an hour. We live in the porn era of fan sites. Glamour and staging went out the window years ago.

    7. I think it was nice of Men’s inhouse attorney to prepare this statement for Mr. Wagner.

    • AndyHardy

      Nicely stated.

    • Zachary Sire

      Given the way it was written (there were a few typos I corrected) and since it was sent to me from Paul’s email, I don’t think this was written by an attorney.

      • Scrapple

        It’s Men. I expect their attorney to have the same level of professionalism and attention to detail as the rest of the staff…

        The email would be an easy workaround if it was sent to Paul and then he passed it on. I don’t know, the whole thing had a “third-party” tone to it. In reading it I noticed the entire statement is written using “we” or “us” or “our.” The only time Paul writes from a singular perspective is at the beginning with “I am responding to Cyrus Stark’s claims below.” Considering the allegations, I just thought that was weird.

        • Zachary Sire

          I’m sure it was reviewed and edited by someone at the company, definitely. Any kind of statement like this would have to be.

          • Scrapple

            What’s your take on the pronoun usage? You’ve been accused of lots of things throughout your career. Have you ever refuted an accusation without using an “I” in your statement?

          • Zachary Sire

            Could be for a lot of reasons, maybe because it was Paul and three or four other crew members, so he was speaking for all of them.

    • holgerson

      to 2. Tegan Zayne and Topher had separate rooms. Tegan had probably not locked the door or Topher had gained access.
      The house to accomodation for performers does not look small, on the pics.

      • Scrapple

        I don’t think any model sharing living quarters with other models thinks to lock their door at night. Because why would you think you need to?

        • holgerson

          Maybe because the other model has a special reputation? I think that there is an exchange of “experiences” among the performers

          • Scrapple

            If that’s the case the model with the special reputation shouldn’t be hired in the first place.

          • holgerson

            Complete agreement. But a quick view at a database shows you, that this model work in a studio again.

    • Paul J

      I must admit that I find the tale of the hotel room bizarre. Surely the cost of a single room is peanuts compared with the overall cost of shooting the scene? And surely putting two guys in a room the night before shooting is a bad idea. Either because the performers will have already been performing all night or because several hours in close proximity now means they cannot stand the sight of each other. That’s without the risk of a possible harassment allegation.

      And why go to check the room was habitable? Surely then it would be much easier to just tell the model to get a single room? An unintended insight into the tight nature of Men’s production budgets, surely?

      • Scrapple

        I would think, if Paul is really good friends with the person who runs that hotel, they would be able to get a discount on a block of rooms.

        Also, I believe Cyrus said he had to get tested twice, and the second time it was like pulling teeth to get the money. Meanwhile his scene partner got repaid right away. That part of the accusation and the thing with the bushes was curiously left out.

        • Don Juan

          You sure do a lot of speculating.

          • Scrapple

            I’m an inquisitive person. If you have a problem with that, ignore my comments. Simple as that.

  • Silver64

    So this isn’t the official statement from MEN, but a statement from Paul Wagner, speaking on behalf of MEN? Might be interesting on Monday, when the Head Honchos get back to work, to see what they have to say about this.

    With the allegations as serious as they are, I wouldn’t think that MEN would let the Director be the one to respond. It would almost certainly need to come from Head Office, not Paul Wagner’s personal e-mail account.

    Damage Control anyone?

  • PaulieP

    he said he said situation….. if paul received the text message about the room then there is proof…. the twink pulled a fast one and lost…

  • Sean

    I dont understand why they VIDEO tape the money exchange. Quite frankly it is unnecessary. WHen money is exchanged in LEGITIMATE ways, there is no video shot. The company would write check (traceable) or transfer the money via PP or Venmo or Cash APp or Zelle (all traceable) and be done with it. All of the “rules” that Margan says were “clear” would certainly be in an email or contract PRIOR to the performer coming to the shoot. This is easily traceable as well. You would send the email and have them reply (something as simple as digital signature) that would have a time and date stamp on it.
    The think that somehow is left out is why a performer has BLOOD and scratches all over his body? I also would say premature ejaculation is in the eye of the beholder. It is convenient that he says BOTH came too soon. I wouldnt trust anything from the guys mouth

    • Sean

      In addition, SHARING hotel rooms is not something that would bde considered a first rate operation. It leads to issues that could lead to accusations of sexual assault etc.

  • JT

    This kid looks like a total handful, is anyone surprised? An aging twink out for himself and causing trouble what else is new. His scene with the dark haired cute guy was one of the worst ones Men ever filmed. It was released a week or so ago. Neither of them was hard and the whole scene was staged. It could’ve been hot since they looked good together but it was just plain bad.

    • Don Juan

      Agreed. I’m surprised it was published in the first place. It definitely doesn’t add any value to the site.

  • Marcus Collack

    It just reminds of those times where the NFL would get injured players on camera long enough to not have to not pay them their medical discharge rate. Just enough steroid injections to push past the pain long enough to get onto film under the context of “rehab.” Was this the case…The world may never know.

  • Formerpornproducer

    I just saw a selfie vid of the twink filming himself getting fucked bareback by a random in an airport bathroom. Seemed kinda tweaky.

    • AndyHardy

      So now we’re slut shaming the kid, a porn performer, for videotaping himself having sex as an indication that he shouldn’t be trusted to be telling the truth? Is that what’s happening here? You’ve never posted under this name before so I find it interesting that THIS is what made you finally take the plunge.

      • Formerpornproducer

        First, I don’t post often, but have under this name before. Second, I don’t slut shame anyone… If you can get it, get it, as I do myself. Third, the last statement I made (“Seemed kinda tweaky”) was the most important, he looked like he was under the influence of something, which might explain his erratic behavior and why parts of his tweets don’t really make any sense.

  • Chip Winter

    So you were expecting Paul Wagner to post “Gee, now that you mention it, we really treated Cyrus like shit and we regret it. Sorry Cyrus, kiss kiss!” ?????

    Anyone reading both accounts with eyes open can see elements of truth to both, and elements of hyperbole (exaggeration) in both as well…and THAT’S just in the parts that overlap! (Clearly the B-roll shoot made Cyrus uncomfortable and even injured him – and equally, it would seem that Cyrus was also trying to leverage the shoot more as an excuse to attend Pride with his BF on the company dime… so let’s just say his “heart” might not have been in the right “porn place” for the shoot.)

    As someone mentioned earlier, I’d like to see the “official” response from the STUDIO — after an investigation — and see what parts of each account are accurate and what parts are … (kind mode turned up to MAX) less accurate.

    Look, I did a porn shoot in the Spring of 1984 (oops, I’m showing my age)… it was in NYC, there was a cold-snap & a screwup with the hotel, so I slept for the better part of a week on a sofa at the photographer’s apartment (he never laid a hand on me) – where there was no heat. I had trouble staying hard for the photos (gee, a Florida-boy who didn’t find being naked and cold sexy! ESPECIALLY the shots of me WET in the BATHTUB!). Things worked out a little better the following day with the filming, but long story short, it was a disaster for all concerned – but in hindsight I’m pretty sure that the company didn’t plan on the hotel fire that robbed me of a place to sleep and them a place to shoot, and while we all tried to make the best of a bad situation, NONE of us were happy with the results. (But really, no other hotel rooms in the area… in NYC!!! were available? REALLY? OK, old gripes die hard LOL)

    The point being: not all porn shoots will be successful (or hot!) and both studios and models need to understand that it doesn’t always have to be the FAULT of the other party. Sometimes, the universe intervenes and fucks up everyone’s plans.
    My grandfather taught me that success in life is 10% WHAT happens TO you, and 90% how you DEAL WITH IT! Seems to me BOTH parties could have handled things better in the end…. But that’s just MY opinion!

  • Devin

    Lol MEN is highly unprofessional. Complete strangers should not be sharing hotel rooms and for multiple reasons. There’s a reason why most companies that requires employees to travel do not book a single room for multiple employees. Liability is the main reason. Another reason is comfort! I guess MEN doesn’t think either are important. Also, why would you have to record an exchange of money as proof of payment? This is funny to me. I have some experience behind the scenes in Gay porn some years ago and I remember the director who was a friend of mine at the time, paying models with cash and he had a little book of payment receipts. It was fucking paper! Old school! Guess what, though? I don’t recall payment ever being an issue. Now, we’re seeing more and more claims by models that they were not paid for XYZ by the so called professional studios. Lastly, what about those bruises, cuts and welts all over that twink’s body? They seem to have skipped over that claim in their little response. I guess because there’s actual proof of the claim in the video footage they produced! So, they just ignore it. Lol Typical! Some of these studios are setting the bar really low and should probably get out of the game if they’re not going to do things right

    • They were going to be filming a scene together where they fuck so sharing a hotel room is hardly unprofessional. It gives them a chance to get to know one another so they are comfortable with each other and film a better scene. Plus with pirating the studios don’t have the money to get each performer their own room anymore that is just the way things are now.

      • Devin

        Models don’t need to share a hotel room together to get to know each other. They can get to know each other a bit over coffee at Starbucks, a drink at the bar, or a work out at the hotel gym. Also, if sharing a hotel room helps shoot better scenes, why are their scenes so shitty? If you think they’re producing great content that’s fine, but I would have to simply disagree. I also don’t believe that pirating is so bad that they can’t afford to pay for separate hotel rooms. Pirating is bad, but it’s not that bad. These studios have hundreds and some thousands of customers paying a monthly subscription fee. Do you really think they don’t have the money to put models up in their own hotel room?