NDG Gossip: porn star Mr.Marcus sentenced for exposing co-stars to syphilis

Mr. Marcus

Mr. Marcus

By: NDG, Intern Shenice Sanders

Well known porn star Mr. Marcus was sentenced on May 4 for knowingly exposing two co-stars to syphilis.

Mr.Marcus, whose real name is Jesse Spencer, pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of exposing another to a communicable disease, according to adult entertainment site Xbix. Marcus was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 15 days of community service and three years of probation.

The 42-year-old actor believed he contracted the STD on set and it was discovered in July 2012 during a routine industry screening before he was to begin making a film. He immediately received treatment and was retested 11 days later, but the test still showed signs of the disease. Authorities say he altered the results of the second test to continue working for his film.

Marcus filmed sex scenes with two actresses before a producer realized that the STD form was altered. Both actresses immediately took action and filed a police report, NBC reports neither actresses contracted the disease.

In an interview with XBiz Marcus stated “”I tried to cover it up… Because I said it was like the scarlet letter. It’s the word. Syphilis, whoa,” he said to XBiz. “I have to live with this, no one else does. I’m very sorry. I did not think that this would come out like this.

Mr. Marcus actions scared many people in the industry which in August cause for a 10-day moratorium where actors were tested and treated for syphilis.

Marcus case was a huge topic in last year debate about whether condoms should be mandated on porn sets. With many people against the usage of condoms in the adult film industry, LA voters in November passed Measure B. Measure B requires porn performers to wear condoms on set going forward.

The industry has sued to overturn the law, arguing that its own policies to test for STD are sufficient.

 

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