LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Public Health Department (LACPH) has been directly contacting adult performers who have worked in scenes with Mr. Marcus as far back as April 30 to inform them they may have been exposed to syphilis, AVN has learned.
“The county has contacted some of our girls directly,” talent agent Mark Spiegler told AVN. “It scares the girls because it’s like, ‘Oh my god, the County’s calling me saying I was exposed!'”
Spiegler said that as far as he knew, those called were simply informed of their possible exposure to the disease and offered a free STI test. He added that all of the girls contacted have already tested non-reactive for syphilis subsequently to the Free Speech Coalition’s call for the current moratorium on production while talent gets tested and/or treated.
All of the girls in question have also undergone the recommended penicillin treatment to clear them of a possible dormant infection, Spiegler said. He also indicated that all girls involved had worked in one of two orgy scenes including Mr. Marcus shot April 30 and May 3.
“Yesterday I went and counted the days up [since those scenes were shot] just to make sure,” Spiegler noted, “and it was like 100 and something days ago, so even with the 90-day period [recommended by some before returning to work post-infection], they’re all good.”
The Free Speech Coalition told AVN that the calls by the County are an expected part of the Health Department’s investigation into the outbreak, and that any performer who is concerned about receiving a call can contact the FSC at (818) 348-9373.