A month ago, at the end of July, one of the porn’s top male performers, Xander Corvus, traveled up to San Francisco to shoot a block of scenes for Kink.com. On the last day of that trip, July 31st, he was booked to perform with a young woman he had never met before, named Cameron Bay.
When booked to perform with someone new, Corvus looks them up online and asks around the business about them. “[I do] both, usually. I don’t trust just thrusting myself in harm’s way.”
When he looked into “Cameron Bay”, the name talent agency ATMLA was using to market his co-star, he didn’t find much, and certainly nothing “to give me any reason to fear.”
Corvus had booked the job through the talent agency that represents him, OC Modeling. “I’m very happy with OC. They treat me with respect, and they care about me. They get me lots of information in a timely manner, and that’s really important to me.”
But what neither Corvus nor OC Modeling had been informed was that Cameron Bay had used a different stage name previously. “That came as a surprise,” he says.
Corvus says he routinely spends time to “get to know the person a little” before performing with them, and takes them aside for a little “heart-to-heart” to build a level of comfort between them. He did this with Cameron, he says, and she seemed sweet. Corvus says she didn’t reveal anything to him that would give cause him concern, and they did the scene.
However, neither Corvus nor his agent, Sandra McCarthy at OC Modeling, knew that “Cameron Bay” was former VH1 reality show cast member and fugitive from justice, Cameron Adams.
As far back as February 2012, Adams had been the subject of articles detailing her strange, troubling and reckless behavior but this information could only be found if one knew Cameron Bay was Cameron Adams.
Adams’ last clean HIV/STI test was July 27, four days prior to working with Corvus. On August 21, back in Los Angeles, she tested positive for HIV. The Free Speech Coalition called a production moratorium, and a media feeding frenzy ensued as the adult industry set about contacting and re-testing all of Adams’ first generation exposures since mid-July.
On August 22, Georgia blogger and amateur pornographer Mike South proclaimed on his blog, “I know why” Free Speech Coalition’s Diane Duke “called for a moratorium on shooting” so “quickly.”
South then stated that since Corvus had “shot with Sydney leathers, possibly exposing her,” after working with Adams/Bay, and because that story was “getting a lot of mainstream ink right now” FSC had to act quickly because Corvus had recently performed in an anal gangbang scene.
South then posted a photo he found on Twitter from the set of a “50 Man Anal Creampie Gangbang” and claimed that Corvus was the performer wearing jersey #3.
“A buddy of mine told me he’d seen this story online.” Corvus says he doesn’t visit “gossip sites” such as South’s. “I don’t know him, who is he?” says Corvus.
Corvus was stunned because he had been misidentified by South; he was not in that scene.
Furthermore, Corvus says anyone familiar with this business should know that, “in scenes like those, the guys are paid, like, $150. No offense, but I’m not that level of a dude.”
South’s false report spread online, until industry insiders corrected him publicly and he was forced to “fix” his post.
Corvus re-rested at Cutting Edge Testing (CET), and on August 24, he posted his brand new PCR-RNA test result – once again, negative for HIV just like his previous test results.
The performer says that posting his HIV test with his legal name not redacted was a kind of personal statement. “I didn’t want to alter it,” says Corvus. “I told the people at CET, no matter how this test turns out, I’m putting it out there.”
But the damage from all the negative press attention had been done. “My mom hasn’t slept in two days,” says Corvus. “She wasn’t supposed to know about this or hear stuff like this in this way.”
Things continued to escalate, Corvus says, after screaming adult business pariah Rob Black’s went on a webcast tirade against him because he’d told AVN:
“I definitely feel for [Bay], poor girl. She’s so cute and a really kind girl. She made mistakes, but it’s not like she got HIV by being responsible. A bird didn’t just drop it on her.”?
Black’s freak-out was reproduced on Gene Ross’ site. “He’s a big mouth cocksucker,” Black bellowed, without a trace of irony. ??
“Come on you motherfucker. You attack women, you piece of shit. I’m going to ruin you. I’m going to make sure you’re done. Man, the balls on you… You dirty cocksucker, motherfucker… You got big balls, come down here. You’re going to have to kill me now motherfucker. I’m going to hold you up as exactly what is wrong with this business.”?
Corvus responded by addressing Black directly on Twitter:
“As if his opinion matters,” Corvus demurs. “He’s using this to get attention, and he’s taking other people’s stand for his own. Black’s on a little soapbox, and he just wants people to listen to him. He sounds like he needs a hug. Maybe he wasn’t breast-fed or something, I don’t know.”
“I described him in those tweets; he’s a worm and he wants to see people cut down the way he is. ”
Later that night, after a few beers, Corvus says, he almost gave in to the temptation of paying Black a visit with some of his friends. “I just wanted to see him face to face,” Corvus says.
Corvus also says he rang up Black’s current meal-ticket, performer Katie Summers. “I wanted to talk to her. Katie and I were friends. We lived in the model house together. She had gone through some stuff and cried on my shoulder; I had been there for her. I wanted to hear why she was backing this guy’s hate against me.”
Corvus agrees that all sectors of the adult business need to learn from recent events, and develop a new compact between its various sectors.
“I think we absolutely need to have a summit of some kind. I’m looking at the kind of thing Charity Bangs is talking about, a code of conduct, but we need to have some statement of our rights as performers. It should be something that applies to agents and producers as well, in terms [setting] standards for how we act and the kind of information we exchange with each other.”