The owner of a grand and historic California mansion is suing a film production company, alleging that after she advertised her property as a holiday rental through Airbnb, a hardcore gay porno film producer rented it under the guise of someone called ‘Anna’ and treated the place so vilely it had to be decontaminated.
The gracious Acacia Mansion is located in Ojai, a city northwest of Los Angeles. It was built in the 1920s by artisans from Europe. The property features hand-painted ceilings, alabaster floors and stained glass windows.
Its current owner, Kristina Knapic, says she was duped into renting out the property via Airbnb to a woman called ‘Anna’ who was allegedly a front for a porno crew who left the property awash in various sexual devices, enema kits and assorted bodily fluids, according to the lawsuit.
Knapic alleges that ‘Anna’ was actually a prominent gay porn actor, director and producer. Knapic is suing him and his company.
Stains and worse filled the house, Knapic contends in the suit, which alleges that “urine, semen, and faecal matter” were found on “linens, carpets, upholstery, walls, ceilings, and in the hot tub.”
Knapic’s lawsuit calls for the case to go before a jury.
Knapic used an ultraviolet “black light” to inspect her stately home and discovered “the presence of bodily fluids throughout”, according to the complaint.
Knapic’s complaint says she has since “replaced soiled linens, drained and bleached the hot tub, bleached and painted all walls, steam cleaned the upholstery and shampooed the carpeting” and is still continuing to “clean and sterilise the Property.”
She seeks punitive damages for fraud, conversion, negligence, trespass, breach of contract and unjust enrichment, lost income, and emotional distress. She also seeks a permanent injunction to prevent the release of “vile pornographic movies”, allegedly shot at the property.
A court document outlining Knapic’s complaint has been published by The Smoking Gun, an American website which specialises in publishing court documents, affidavits, charge sheets and other examples of legal-related public information. The US Courthouse News Service has also published details.
While there’s no suggestion Airbnb was involved, other than as an intermediary for letting the property, the company is unlikely to welcome the publicity.
In previous, unrelated incidents of homes being trashed by renters who held orgies, Airbnb has stepped in quickly, utilising its USD 1 Million Host Guarantee, which covers a host’s property in the rare event of damages.
Two previous cases this year can be seen here: Party animals hired Airbnb home for sex and drug orgy and Panty raid freak orgy left duped Airbnb user homeless
In a case in May, an Airbnb spokesman pointed out that over 35 million guests have stayed on Airbnb, and property damage is extremely rare.
Written by Peter Needham