Pressuring and deceiving someone into committing a sex act they would not normally commit is unconscionable—and in many places illegal.
We hear about it in the media.
The “casting couch” is a prime example. The #MeToo movement saw a horrific number of victims of this sort of pressure, deception and exploitation.
It can also be a storyline used in adult entertainment operations. But are these staged fantasies or are unethical operations truly deceiving unwilling victims in these videos?
Star Rugby player, Kurt Capewell, recently claimed years ago he was a victim of a predatory adult entertainment company. He is speaking out now because footage has gone public.
It is a story he said was never hidden from family or close friends.
In 2013, Capewell was—in his own words—“young and naive.” He was an athlete just starting out and still needed to work other jobs to make ends meet.
He responded to an ad seeking models for a men’s sport clothing and underwear company. Capewell said the photoshoot originally began as men’s sportswear and underwear as agreed to, but the photographer soon asked him to pose for nude shots.
He had not been notified ahead of time, but needed the money, so he went with it. The nude shoot continued until eventually he was pressured to shoot “a quick porn video.”
“I was young and naive.”
“The organizer used inducements and extra money for being involved in the adult film.”
The already uncomfortable incident took an even worse turn, Capewell claimed. After speaking with producers, he agreed to the shoot and signed release papers.
He was taken to a “glory hole” set for the shoot. There, he was told a woman on the other side waited to fellate him.
After the scene was shot, he discovered the other performer in the scene was a man. Kurt Capewell, who identifies as straight, alleged he was lied to and tricked into performing the sex act with a man.
Feeling as if he had no recourse since he signed the release papers and footage was already captured, Capewell chose to try and put the whole incident behind him. He said he told his loved ones and others he felt needed to know at the time.
According to Capewell, he told them because he was worried the footage would resurface one day—and it has.
Police launched an investigation last year after stills were offered for sale. It didn’t take long before they ended up online.
Capewell then explained the events of that day in a group text to his teammates.
It read, in part:
“I’m terribly embarrassed and ashamed, even thought it happened when I was so young.”
“It’s something I’ve been dealing with for the past eight years behind closed doors and I know you will all have my back and stand by me moving forward.”
He’s found lots of love and support online.
If you’re one of the people sharing porn images to poke fun at Kurt Capewell, it’s not funny.
— Matt (@northcoasteels) December 10, 2020
— Jelisa Apps (@JelisaApps) December 9, 2020
So a bloke has sex with another bloke on video.
Who cares. If ppl weren't homophobic, it would be regarded as no different as if it was a girl he was with.
There's no shame in having sex, even if it was for cash. Hold your head high Kurt
— Polite Lion (@Polite_Lion) December 9, 2020
Kurt Capewell has nothing to be ashamed of. In one day he got a) paid and b) a head job. Considering he was playing for Ipswich at the time he had a better day than 95% of the people living there. #IStandWithKurt
— Action Bailey (@Fathairylazy) December 9, 2020
I feel for #KurtCapewell.
Young, naive, chasing money.
I too have done some shit in my younger years.
Never got sucked off by a bloke, but some other mild dumb shit.
Let it serve as a lesson to us all.
If ya pop ya saus in a glory hole, there’s a 95% chance it’s bloke.#NRL
— FFBⓋ (@BoganFit) December 9, 2020
All I see is strength and courage
from you, Kurt Capewell. To have
had this on your mind for so many
years, must have been
horrendous. Eyes forward now.
Forget the mistake, remember
the lesson. ✊🏻
— Skye (@daisystreet) December 10, 2020
Full credit to Kurt Capewell owning up to the porn scene. I’d be hiding in my basement but the way he’s handled it now means he can just get on with life. Nothing to be ashamed of, he got conned like we all have at some point
— Cam for Prime Munster (@thaidaynightfb) December 10, 2020
However, there are people who suspect the “I was tricked” defense was invented.
Stills from the video suggest the “wall” Capewell described could easily be seen over. People who watched it claim there is footage of Capewell showering intimately with men without any wall or other barrier between them.
Rather than admit “gay for pay” sex work in his past—which is not shameful according to these critics—they accused Capewell of creating a story where gay men are cast as predators who trick straight men for sex. They cited information provided by the porn company that produced the video.
They feel the purported “cover story” is homophobic.
Dude was not conned. I’ve seen the video 😂
— Josh (@JDH9892) December 10, 2020
#KurtCapewell lied. AAB (the porn company) asked him "what do you think about gay guys watching this?" he said "idgaf". Also, he knew it was a gay company, there's a survey, and a requirement is to be straight and circumcised. Kurt's making out gay men are untrustworthy. Nah mate
— Whispering Jack (@Whisp3ringJack) December 10, 2020
Just seen the Kurt capewell video… surely he would’ve known #nrl
— Elliott Davies (@ElliottDavies10) December 10, 2020
Right. So Kurt Capewell signed a consent form before doing gay porn, yet we are now led to believe he was "tricked" into it? This story doesn't add up. Sounds more like embarrassment over a past act. #kurtcapewell
— Dany Savovic (@d818581dany) December 10, 2020
Many of us did we things we regret when we were younger. Using that regret to allegedly push a lie against lgbt people that you were tricked into gay sex is a tired response to feeling shame. This just adds to the homophobia lgbt people face.
— Dany Savovic (@d818581dany) December 10, 2020
Definitely by watching the video, you would know it was a bloke on the other side…
— SJ06 (@SJ0621652001) December 10, 2020
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Whatever the truth is, it’s clear Capewell would rather the video not be in circulation. It remains to be seen whether he will attempt any legal recourse over it.