Isaacs Files Motion to Strike Evidence of 'Other Acts'
LOS ANGELES — Ira Isaacs' defense attorney has filed a motion to strike evidence the government intends to produce at the fetish filmmaker's upcoming trial where he faces eight felony obscenity counts.
Isaacs' attorney, Roger Jon Diamond, contends the evidence, which suggests Isaacs fueled models with drugs and threats to be blackballed from the adult entertainment industry, should not be submitted to jurors because it is irrelevant to the case.
Diamond says that admission of "other acts" of evidence would deprive Isaacs a fair trial under the 5th Amendment.
Federal prosecutors, however, say that these “other acts” are pertinent to its case because they "constitute evidence that is inextricably intertwined with the offenses charged."
In 2004, prosecutors say, Isaacs "provided controlled substances, including methamphetamine and marijuana, to women to get them to perform in scat films he produced."
"[Isaacs] provided methamphetamine and marijuana to Michelle and April at his house on numerous occasions, to include during the filming of 'Hollywood Scat Amateurs No. 10,'" prosecutors said in a motion. "Isaacs informed Michelle and April that he had the drugs in his house specifically for 'the girls' who participated in his scat films, so they 'can get through it.'”
Prosecutors further contend that Isaacs knew that both Michelle and April were addicted to methamphetamine.
"In an effort to persuade Michelle to participate in a scat film, the defendant stated to Michelle around the time that she participated in 'Hollywood Scat Amateurs No. 10,' that 'you'll get high and make more money' and that 'it isn't that bad,' a government motion said.
"[Isaacs] also stated 'there are a lot of sick folks out in the world and nobody is catering to them. I have a corner on this market. I can make these films and make millions. I can't imagine why they want it, but they do.'"
Prosecutors say that Isaacs in 2004 also threatened Michelle that if she did not complete a scat scene "that he would make sure that she wouldn't continue to work with anyone that she was currently working with, that she would not work for Max Hardcore, and that she would be totally blackballed from the pornography industry."
Isaacs in previous interviews with XBIZ said that one of the models likely gave federal investigators a false account that she was forced into a scat porn production beyond her will and with the lure of drugs.
"They've got to her to scare me, demonize me," said Isaacs, referring to performer Veronica Jett, a longtime porn actress who started in 2004 and still continues in the biz today.
Isaacs said that he filmed Jett in the 2004 video that involves fecal matter, "Hollywood Scat Amateurs No. 10," and acquired the domain VeronicaJett.com, a scat site that he still owns today.
The site offers hundreds of pictures and clips from the movie, which is one of the videos named in the obscenity complaint. Jett, who has more than 300 adult titles attached to her name, is joined in the scat video with the actress named April.
"She knew what she was doing," Isaacs told XBIZ last month. "In the video, they're laughing and smiling and having a jolly old time."
Isaacs in April was faced with new federal obscenity charges, which join three older ones, alleging that his companies, Stolen Car Films and LA Media, distributed by mail "Hollywood Scat Amateurs No. 7," "Hollywood Scat Amateurs No. 10," "Hollywood Scat Amateurs No. 38," "Trailers" and "Japanese Doggie 3 Way" — all deemed "obscene matter" by federal prosecutors.
Isaacs originally was charged in 2007 with federal obscenity violations over the mail distribution of “Gang Bang Horse — ‘Pony Sex Game’” and “Mako’s First Time Scat,” as well as “Hollywood Scat Amateurs No. 7.”
Isaacs has pled not guilty on all counts.
His trial at U.S. District Court still has not been calendared but Isaacs said the trial will likely start sometime next year.