Michael Lucas Says Airbnb Mansion Suit Is Bogus
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Gay adult film producer Michael Lucas and his company, Lucas Entertainment Inc., have been sued by the owner of a historic mansion in Southern California, who claims the studio used her home during a porn shoot and left it a disgusting mess.
But Lucas, when contacted by XBIZ, said that there’s no merit to any of the claims made by Kristina Knapic, owner of the Acacia Mansion in Ojai, Calif.
Knapic, in the suit, said she advertised her property as a vacation rental through Airbnb.com and rented it to a woman and a “group of friends” who would stay at the $1,095-a-night home “for a quick summer vacation.”
Knapic, however, said she was duped because the “friends” comprised gay adult performers and a production crew which shot porn over five days, according to a complaint filed at Ventura Superior Court.
Enema kits were found throughout the house, the suit said, "on the floors, in the beds, in a nightstand drawer and in the trash.”
“[V]arious sexual devices were found in the beds and in the trash; the hot tub water was brownish in color; and the linens were strained brown," the suit said.
After finding a business card for Lucas Entertainment in the trash, she went on Michael Lucas' Facebook page, which showed that “he had been filming 'on location' in her property."
Knapic said she checked out Lucas Entertainment’s website, and found "that many of the films Lucas Entertainment produces depicts men urinating on each other and giving each other enemas. These activities were not being conducted in a bathroom, but rather on beds, floors and furniture."
With panic bells setting off, Knapic said, she photographed her home with a black light, which “revealed the presence of bodily fluids throughout the property."
"Urine, semen and fecal matter were found on the linens, carpets, upholstery, walls, ceilings and in the hot tub," the complaint states.
Knapic said she had to bleach and paint all the walls, bleach the hot tub and steam clean the carpets and upholstery.
Michael Lucas, however, denies Knapic’s claims and said that “we left the property in pristine condition.”
“If the house was trashed, it was trashed by someone other than us. It is possible that she or her renters had a sex party in the dungeon that got out of hand, and she is now looking to a porn company to fund the repairs,” Lucas told XBIZ.
As for Knapic’s claims that bodily fluids were found on the walls and ceiling, Lucas refutes them.
“If true, that must have been one heck of a party. No such party occurred on the days we were there ... and she was there the entire time,” he said.
“Here’s the truth: The house has a unique and unadvertised feature — a fairly well-equipped sex dungeon in the basement, complete with a sex swing, whips, chains and miscellaneous bondage paraphernalia. We did not use this room nor any of the equipment in it.
“It took two months for Ms. Knapic to concoct this false claim and file for damages,” he said. “Her lawsuit is absolutely without any merit whatsoever.”
Knapic’s suit claims fraud, conversion, negligence, trespass to land and breach of contract, among other charges.
Knapic, who seeks unspecified damages in the case, also seeks a permanent injunction to stop the video or videos from being released.
An attorney representing Knapic, John J. Thyne III, when asked for a copy of the complaint earlier this week, told XBIZ that he couldn't comply with the request "as the advancement of this story could negatively impact the reputation of our client’s business that she is seeking to vindicate in this suit." He declined any further comment.