Celebrity sex tapes

Authored by: Gareth Longstaff

The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138777217
eBook ISBN: 9781315168302
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On the morning of 12 May 1989, a 25-year-old male Hollywood movie star received a personal injury suit from J. Hue Henry, an Atlanta attorney. In the document the star was accused of using and exploiting ‘his celebrity status as an inducement to females to engage in sexual intercourse, sodomy and multiple-partner sexual activity for his immediate sexual gratification, and for the purposes of making pornographic films of these activities’ (Leviton and Dougherty, 1989). The star concerned was Rob Lowe and the indictment against him would go on to become perhaps the first instance of a celebrity sex scandal associated with the private production and public consumption of a celebrity sex tape.

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