Gay Porn Newcomer Cyrus Stark Claims He Was “Tricked” And “Sexually Abused” By Director Paul Wagner During Recent Men.com Shoot

Posted July 30, 2019 by with 53 comments

9Gay porn newcomer Cyrus Stark is appearing in his very first gay porn scene for Men.com today, but after reading the disturbing complaint that Stark wrote about his experience filming this scene, it’s clear that he won’t be returning to work for the studio anytime soon.

14The scene, “Surprise Collision,” was filmed earlier this summer in Los Angeles with fellow newcomer Justin Blake (seen above, bottoming) and director Paul Wagner. Wagner, as many know, is a former gay porn star himself who’s been directing Men.com scenes for several years now. According to Stark, it was Wagner who caused all of the problems during filming, and in the lengthy note posted to Twitter following filming last month, Stark says that Wagner was a “complete asshole” who “tricked” him into signing documents, made him “uncomfortable,” and had him filming “fake” sex scenes while he was bleeding. Stark also alleges “sexual abuse” and various issues with payments during filming at a “tacky” Airbnb in Los Angeles.

Here’s the entire complaint Stark posted on Twitter. (Portions of Stark’s note containing Wagner’s legal name have been redacted.)

cyrus1cyrus2 cyrus3 cyrus4 cyrus5 cyrus6 cyrus7 cyrus8While Stark’s allegations should be taken seriously, Men.com has had a good reputation with regard to their treatment of models over the years, and this is the first time Str8UpGayPorn has heard any complaint like this against the studio.

Str8UpGayPorn reached out to Men.com for comment on Stark’s allegations, and the studio issued the following response: “This is unacceptable. We were not aware of this incident and will have this investigated fully by our production team. If we find that this is true, action will be taken.”

It is clear that Stark was in fact cut and bleeding during filming of this scene, as you can see almost his entire body is covered in scrapes and scratches, and there’s at least one bandage on one finger visible in the scene.

scraoesbandiaerHere’s the trailer, which includes footage of Stark falling into the bushes that cut him:

  • Jace

    Men have become sketchy in the last month or so. Scenes being uploaded without promotion; Bromo scenes replacing Men scenes; scenes with scrawny twinks like these two that would never have been filmed a year ago; models deserting (Aspen, Will Braun, Jake Porter). This doesn’t surprise me in the least.

    • FrenchBug

      And today they switched to that God-awful error-ridden site design that so so so SO many other porn sites – gay and straight – seem to have adopted in the past six months for reasons that completely elude me.

  • FrenchBug

    I am surprised to read that Men dot com has had a good reputation for how they treat models.
    Granted it might have been from an earlier era but I definitely remember more than a handful of performers complaining of a lack of professionalism.
    And considering their producing habits at Sean Cody, not sure why they’d be any better at Men.

  • Silver64

    Waaaay too many details for this not to be true, and as Zach pointed out, ya can see the injuries which backs all this up. Not only that though…A newbie to porn isn’t likely to burn bridges at the very beginning of his career, especially with a studio like MEN.

    I’m wondering if MEN is starting to outsource their scenes which could easily lead to situations like this. Might explain the exodus that’s begun.

  • Scrapple

    I’m confused about one detail. Does the bf live in LA? Cyrus said he didn’t know anyone there, which makes it seem like the bf lives in Portland. But he was able to come to the hotel room, so did fly out with Cyrus? And if the bf was there, why didn’t Cyrus just go with him back to the room instead of Paul?

    Men being unprofessional and wasteful wouldn’t be surprising. Wasn’t there talk about Paul being a bit of a jerk way back during his Next Door days? A few weeks ago I speculated that Men was raking it in like they used to, on account of how they’ve scaled back on the daily releases. If they’re filming in janky Airbnb spots, could that be a financial sign? Also, wouldn’t it have made more sense (and cost less) to film at the hotel? If Paul is claiming to be friends with the owner, I’m sure they could’ve worked out a deal. Doesn’t sound like this is some big name reputable hotel that would be shamed in having its rooms featured in a sad gay porno.

    Anyway, that response from Men surprised me. Hopefully that wasn’t just lip service. Cyrus, run don’t walk. The lesson learned is, “If you work with Men, they will try to get you to fall into bush.”

    • Silver64

      That response from MEN is what makes me think they might be outsourcing. They don’t seem to be overseeing their own scenes by the sounds of it.

      Btw…Loved your “fall into bush” part…

      • Scrapple

        Paul does seem like an outsourced director. When’s the last time someone in porn history said “Remember that blazing hot Paul Wagner scene?” Honestly, I didn’t even know he was still in the biz.

        • Silver64

          Isn’t Paul the Top in all, if not most, of those Str8Chaser scenes.

          • Scrapple

            Given what was said about his obsession with “straight men” that would make sense. Plus, that would explain the jankiness of this shoot.

          • Austin

            This is why I read porn blogs, because I had no idea that was him.

        • Smithian

          I mean, not as a director, but PW as an actor never disappointed. Kinda hate hearing this story. Hope it’s not true, but if it is… fuck.

          • M__M

            I’m confused, this IS the one and the same Paul Wagner, and not some guy who happens to share the same name?

          • FrenchBug

            Yes.

          • M__M

            WOW, I’m legitimately disappointed in him. I never though he of all people would be such a douche, how shameful.

          • Smithian

            Yeah, that’s what the article says. Makes sense if he’s directing, he had moved into BTS stuff at NDB years ago. Just my luck if the only porn star I actually actively sought out and follow on IG turns out to be a psycho.

          • sxg

            I forgot that he even had an IG until you mentioned it, and that I’m still following that acct. He posts so sparingly I’m surprised I didn’t unfollow him. This is the most recent pic of him taken a few days ago. My god he’s still as sexy as ever! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b4e04d3eece445651280ba9c7a16763a44cafd4759e619b6bb2b74a8d5215a73.png
            I’m really hoping that this is a massive misunderstanding because PW has always been sweet and humble in his scene interviews.

        • FrenchBug

          He has been directing and performing in the Str8Chaser scenes (where, ironically, he had fucked the bottom in this scene under another name two years ago) so I knew he was still involved in the biz on the downlow.
          I had always assumed he must be producing other scenes if he was doing those.

          • Scrapple

            Hmm. That explains why Cyrus’ partner was sent to the airport to sit for several hours…

            It could also explain why Paul was quick to pay for his blood work, but stalled on Cyrus. Maybe that other model knew some things Paul didn’t want coming out, and pulled the “don’t fuck with me” card.

    • Kanaka

      Pushed Pushed in the Bush!

      • john a

        One thing he summarizes to the point. Spend 5 hrs falling onto a cactus like bush and then be expected to get hard in front of an unprofessional jerk? I always thought this studio with such silly non creative name was more of a comedy gone terrible enterprise rather than a porn site. When will all these queens realize that we just want to see a good hot fuck. Just get these models in a room let them get naked and acquainted for 5hrs instead of falling on bushes or just being any other silly plot so that when the shoot starts they’re fired up ready and horny for a good fuck. It’s not rocket science. I feel bad for the kid too because he is a like I said a kid and regardless of inconsistencies it does show a vulnerable one going through tough times and it’s sad.

      • john a

        Also why is there women filming guy guy scenes? Uncomfortable environment makes for bad unnatural scenes hellooo I heard Nextdoorstudios has a women filming too.. cluelessly ridiculous

    • BLACKjHAMMER

      Stark story doesn’t seem to add up to me either because I would be PISSED OFF had I been promised 2 grand and got measly 400.00 Scrapples like you said the bf suddenly is in LA even though Sparks said he flew out to Cali by himself

    • Happy Days

      You know how quick gay people fall into relationships can be. Maybe he met the pool boy at the hotel and they started dating.

  • Paul Jones

    I think folks forget that this is a business. Yes, employees should feel safe in the environment, however, an inexperienced performer may not know what is required for a long day of shooting porn… isn’t all glitz and glam, it is work & they should be ready for the long hours. Also, part of the requirement is to get hard, stay hard, work with people filming you, dealing with delays, retakes, directors calling for different positions, etc. As for being a new twink in the business, get over it! If you are old enough to sign the legal documents you should realize that you are there to work. Additionally, the entire part about the BF being their is strange, did he come for a vacation, was he going to work for the company, why is there so much luggage for a two day shoot, etc.?

    • Ulf Raynor

      Then it’s an extremely stupid business model; making the two performers do stupid shit for 5 hours before they even begin doing the sex scenes is more than a bit backwards.
      Get the guys in, do the sex scenes while they are rested and fresh, then shoot whatever stupid filler shit you need.
      If this is truly how Men shoots their scenes, it explains a lot about the very, very common erectile and chemistry problems that plague their videos and also explains why they mostly use the same performers over and over again even across platforms.

    • Marcus Collack

      it wasn’t his first porn shoot, so I’m sure he knew how filming worked.

  • Schnitzel

    There is a whole lot that needs explaination from the parties involved. Nothing from MEN would come as a surprise given the shoddy shit they put out.

    That aside, that scene preview looks bloody awful!

  • PaulieP

    How much luggage did he bring with him for a weekend shoot in LA that he had to lug it around in the heat? Was the bf in the lobby waiting for him or in his own room. Was this a long distance relationship and they met fro the first time? He does give great detail about how things may have gone down and yes the at the 14 second mark you can see the pointy leaves of the plant yet he falls into sea grass. The points of that plant are sharp enough to lance you harder than a scratch. If the behavior of the producer and director was the severe then yes they are complete assholes and the studio should do something about it.. but is this a he said, they said situation is echos so many other “fights” actors have had with a bad experience.

  • Rob36

    the awfulness of it all

  • CamCam

    If this is true, then MEN needs to do something about this ASAP. With that said, MEN’s films have been shitty for quite sometime so I’m not shocked that they would fake a sex scene but it cheats us viewers but if they have to go through hell to make a scene, then it’s no wonder why the sex would be phony. I’m just wondering where the BF came from cause it’s like he showed up out of the clear blue sky in this report lol. I just hope the truth comes out.

  • James Johnson III

    I’ve never heard anything against Paul! This is a first for me

  • Hotpocket_cub

    Sounds like a whole lot of exaggerated bs to me. Seems like a princess that needs her hand held to me. Sure the shoot was probably weird. But its a job. Buck up.

    • Devin

      Oh, it’s his job to fall into a bush a dozen times and get welts, bruises and cuts? Oh, okay. Must be a new porn requirement

  • Maximus

    I mean, I would assume. Men love to victimize people who are younger than them. (I’m a cis-gender man, and I’m allowed to criticize male cultural, okay sweetie? Also, I don’t want to hear any fucking whining about “not all men.” That tired line seeks to deny the obvious reality that we have a cultural issue surrounding hegemonic masculinity and that we (all men) have to take collective responsibility in order to remedy it.)

    • Willie Starr

      Uh, no.

  • sxg

    People are wondering whether or not Men outsources their scenes. Correct me if I’m wrong Zach, if you yourself are familiar, but doesn’t Men technically not produce any of their own content and they’ve always gained their material through outsourcing?

    At the very beginning the site used to have scenes fall under specific named categories like str8 to gay, Men of UK, and Alter Sin. I believe each of these categories had their own director and they did all their own booking and they were responsible for paying their own models. Men would just buy the finished product from them.

    But I’ve also heard that even though Men doesn’t have any direct involvement in making these scenes, they do have a booklet that gives these directors/studios specific guidelines they should adhere to that they want the product they’re buying to resemble. Examples of some guidelines I was told were in there were a specific amount of time a specific sex act like oral should last, and the maximum time that you should spend filming the entire scene.

    • FrenchBug

      I am surprised this is even a debate. It is obvious they buy content from other producers and release them under their umbrella. Franchising production deals of sorts.
      Anyone who watches how different (and awful) their scenes with Europeans performers (who are… in Europe) look (if anything the formatting is different) can tell it is a different production team.

      • Scrapple

        I think most people knew the Euro scenes were outsourced, because obviously they weren’t produced in-house. But I believe most people assumed that wasn’t the case for their “main” productions. Like the stuff Marc directs.

        And I disagree, the European scenes (particularly the Alter Sin vids) are generally wayyyyyy better than the counterpart content. Better sets, better camera work, better lighting and better chemistry. I will say the quality of those scenes dipped quite a bit in the last year or so, like with those stupid office scenes they kept doing and that movie with the assfucking aliens. But by and large those movies are much less annoying than the vids filmed here. And they almost never feature maligned women who find their husbands/boyfriends having filthy gay sex.

        • FrenchBug

          OK I should qualify what I said: they are, indeed, a lot more interesting creatively.
          But you know how sensitive I am to image quality and things of that nature, and you gotta acknowledge the last few have been awful in that regard.

          • Scrapple

            The year or so has been bad. Perhaps the Euro outsourcers were outsourcing.

  • Devin

    Looks like any other standard crappy gay porn scene. They did a good job considering the circumstances. The plants were and I quote “almost as bad as the cacti” 😂 I know this is serious, but I laughed so hard when I read that comment. This boy can tell a story. We need to hang out. I bet he would have me in stitches. Seriously, though….you can see the welts and bruises. That’s unacceptable. I don’t understand the mistreatment of models. I would never ask a model to fall in a bush or do anything that might injure them and as a director it would be my goal to make sure the models are comfortable.

  • Hotpocket_cub

    Ive seen the scene and its like nothing. he makes it seem like he was just gushing blood.

  • AlohaMar

    Didn’t Wesley Woods just tweet recently about how he was filming with Men in LA and he prepared, waited, did a whole photo shoot, and then the filming was cancelled and he didn’t get paid for any of it?

    It sounds like the LA filming branch of Men may have issues.

  • Happy Days

    I really have problems with people who use “n” and “u” as actual words and using phrases as “doing the most” without explaining what that is.

  • Alex K.

    That bandage on the finger is obviously due to HIV testing, not bushes.

  • JT

    Well now that I read his lament I have to say that’s a lot to just make up. There must be some truth to this, the idiotic filming before the sex scene for sure is proven with his scrapes and cuts. And the fact that the other kid couldn’t stay hard either proves that maybe they were victimized. Sounds like Wagner had a bad day and took it out on them. There should be an emergency number that performers can call, like to the owner or someone who’s on call for things like this to come and mediate.

  • His costar used to go by the name Billy Bottom when he did some work for raw castings. He also worked at Sketchysex I beleive.

  • Wickbaby

    Well that was painful to read…The grammar! The punctuation! The referring to oneself as a Twink…I can’t…

  • Gross ain’t no body dealing with that gross ugly twink he got a face for radio