First it was James from Big Brother 9 with a gay porn past, now it seems like another reality TV star is in some hot water over adult films. Michael Verdugo, an out gay cop from Hollywood, FL and a contestant on HGTV's Design Star, has started the blogs buzzing with a possible porn past.
And he might lose his job as a police officer because of it.
According to South Florida's NBC6, Verdugo has been put on administrative leave with pay when authorities discovered he might have played a starring role in a 1996 porn film. The film, a gay bondage porn, was filmed 5 years before he became a cop.
From the NBC6 report:
'He's a great cop with a distinguished record of serving this community for many years,' said Al Milian, Verdugo's attorney. Milian would not deny or confirm Verdugo's possible involvement in the film.
'I think every police officer during their career are subject to investigations. The overwhelming number of allegations are always found to be unfounded,' Milian said.
Milian said that ever since Verdugo's sexual orientation was revealed in 2004, he has dealt with discrimination and harassment.
Okay. Am I the only one outraged by this? So this guy (from all accounts an excellent cop) goes on a reality TV show, some bloggers dig up a porn that might have him in it, and he gets put on leave from his job? Since when is being in a dirty video a reason to lose your job?
My gut tells me this may be more about the gay issue than the porn issue. I mean, we've all seen firefighters and cops pose for scantily-clad calendars. Yet this out cop might have done a porn over 12 years ago and should be put on leave?
Michael Verdugo has a great record as a cop. Whether he was in a video years ago has no bearing on that whatsoever. He does his job, is out and proud, and did a reality show on basic cable. Let him go back to his job in peace and continue to serve the community honorably. This leave is nothing but an exercise in gay-based harassment from his workplace. Enough is enough.
I'll be sure to keep you updated as more info becomes available...