Update 12:30 p.m. Kink.com has released an official statement about the charges against its CEO, Peter Acworth.
In response to recent news: last week, Peter Acworth was accused of possession of a controlled substance for personal use. No allegations of discharging guns were filed.
"I am proud of what we do at Kink.com", said Peter Acworth, "we employ 130 people and have worked hard to create beneficial change in the neighborhood. While this current attention is regrettable, we will continue our endeavors to be positive contributors to the neighborhood and city of San Francisco."
"This is a business that Peter has run for over fifteen years without incident," said Michael Stepanian, attorney for Peter Acworth. "There were no gun charges at all. This charge amounts to $60 dollars worth. It will be handled as quickly and expeditiously as possible."
Peter Acworth, CEO of our neighborhood BDSM porn production company Kink.com, was arrested Feb. 1 on charges of cocaine possession and delaying a police officer. Police visited the Armory, Kink.com's Mission District fortress, after a video surfaced on Facebook depicting Acworth and others firing guns in the building's basement. Upon their arrival, however, the cops discovered the drugs, and Acworth as well as another man, Joshua Carlberg, were charged (Carlberg was not charged with drug possession, only delaying a police officer).
Officer Albie Esparza of the SFPD told Gawker, "Someone posted a video online and this person reported it to the police, and they located an indoor shooting range, sort of a makeshift." Although Gawker speculated that the video was pornographic in nature, it appears to just depict a few guys having fun with firearms in screenshots obtained by SF Weekly.
Take a look and judge for yourself:
The arrests come just one month after James Franco premiered his documentary about Kink.com at the Sundance Film Festival. Just before the film's debut, Acworth penned an editorial for the Huffington Post. In it, he wrote, "[The documentary] will be controversial, but I hope that it starts a conversation about sex and sexuality that goes beyond the walls of the Kink.com Armory."
Well, the conversation has certainly started, but we'd guess there were some topics Acworth expected to stay behind the Armory walls.
Although Acworth and Kink.com's ethical standards typically maintain a good reputation for the company, these arrests come on the heels of another notable Kink scandal. Last summer, Acworth ran afoul of his cam girls when their wages were switched from salary to commission-only. One performer tried to organize her fellow cam girls to keep their original income and was promptly fired, an unusual move for a company that prides itself on its fastidious models' bill of rights.
However, Acworth has always prided himself on transparency. Kink.com offers weekly tours of their porn studio, and will host the Anarchist Book Fair next month.