Porn suit settled

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A lawsuit over pornography filmed inside this Aquinnah house has been settled. -Gabrielle Mannino

An Aquinnah woman has settled her federal lawsuit with the producers of porn films, according to federal court records.

Terms of the settlement are not included in the documents filed with U.S. District Court in Boston. The case was scheduled to go to trial Aug. 5, but that has been canceled as a result of the July 23 settlement. The two sides were in mediation prior to the settlement.

In 2018, Leah Bassett, an artist, sought unspecified damages for the mental anguish it caused her to find that her home at 7 Skye Lane and her artwork was depicted in porn movies after she rented the property to Joshua Spafford. Bassett alleged breach of contract, trespass and copyright infringement, among other things.

In court records, Bassett said her linens had been soiled during the filming and she felt a “personal violation” after having viewed the sex acts that took place in her house.

Bassett won an important victory in the case a year ago when a judge ruled that the defendants had infringed on copyright by depicting some of her artwork in the films. According to that ruling, Bassett’s artwork appeared in 10 films with such titles as “Gay Massage House” and “Schoolboy Fantasies 2” for at least 30 seconds.

According to the court documents, Spafford sublet the house to Monica Jensen, who goes by the porn name Nica Noelle. Mile High Distribution allegedly filmed more than 30 sexually explicit films from Oct. 4, 2014, to May 15, 2015. 

Along with Jensen, Spafford and Mile High Media, Jon Blitt and April Carter were named as defendants.

Bassett’s attorney John Taylor could not be reached for comment.

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