Leah Bassett is not a happy camper. She owns a luxury, beachside rental property in Aquinnah, Massachusetts that she says was totally defiled by an adult film production company.
According to a new lawsuit, Bassett claims she rented her home to some dude named Joshua Spafford from October 4, 2014 through May 15, 2015.
Or so she thought.
In reality, Spafford rented the home on behalf of another a person, Monica Jensen (a.k.a. Nica Noelle), who owns the adult production company, Mile High Media, so they could “create a multitude of gay male and transsexual porn/videos.”
In the lawsuit, Bassett says Spafford made no mention that her home would be used “as a shooting locale for commercial porn” prior to renting it, and that the lease specifically stated the property could not be used for any commercial purposes.
Not just that, but she says when she returned to the house in May 2015, there were extensive damages to the property that totaled in nearly $16,000.
Bassett didn’t initially know the house had been used as a porn set. It wasn’t until after she did some online sleuthing that she says she “independently made the highly disturbing discovery that her personal residence had been used during the leasehold for the commercial production of graphic pornography.”
According to The Blast:
Bassett claims she then “proceeded over the ensuing weeks/months to engage in periodic — and admittedly somewhat obsessive — review of” websites connected to Spafford, Jensen and Mile High and various other porn actors who publicly boasted about their porn shoots in Martha’s Vineyard.
She says she discovered “numerous photos” and “numerous clothed, nude, semi-nude, and/or graphic sex scene photos or video clips that depicted Ms. Bassett’s home, and its distinctive furnishings and artwork, in the background or foreground of those still photos or video clips.”
And the more research she did, the worse it got.
Bassett claims Spafford and friends “utilized nearly every room of her home for their porn production purposes, including nude, semi-nude and/or male ejaculatory scenes in her bedrooms, her living room and family room sofas, her stairway, atop her dining room table, her bathrooms, her basement, atop her laundry room appliances.”
In addition to those horrors, Bassett says they “deliberately used her linens and bedspreads, including the decorative bedroom pillows hand-sewn/designed specifically by Ms. Bassett, for their condom-less ejaculatory porn scenes, rather than purchasing and using more generic linens … of their own.”
As a result of the shocking discovery, Bassett says she suffered severe emotional distress that required her to see a therapist to help deal with the “emotionally and psychologically traumatizing effects” of everything that had happened.
She also could not live on the property for two years. It was just too painful.
Now, she’s suing Spafford for breach of contract and trespassing, as well as copyright infringement since her copyright-protected artwork was shown in many of the porn scenes. Oh, and she wants to be reimbursed for her dry cleaning.
The lawsuit doesn’t list a specific dollar amount, but Bassett notes that if she had leashed the home to a production company, she would have charged well over $300,000.