Lorelei Lee is one of the stars of “Milk Nymphos 5” and the video was one of the videos used to prosecute John Stagliano during his obscenity trial. Lorelei had asked the court for her real name to be withheld from open court and to just use her professional name. She says she feared for her safety and how she already receives frightening emails.
Prosecutors claimed that allowing her professional name to be used would give Lorelei an “air of legitimacy”. What Lorelei does is legitimate because it is a legal profession. Regardless of what people think of porn, it is legal here. You can’t put someone’s safety on the line just to get to her employer. All that was being asked was that her real name not be said in open court where anyone listening to the proceedings could hear it.
Lorelei was sequestered for the trial but ultimately didn’t have to testify because all charges against John had been dismissed. Her real name was never said in open court.
Lorelei has now been interviewed by salon.com and there you can read her full interview:
Salon: You were sequestered for the trial but ultimately didn’t have to testify, since the case was dismissed. What would you have said in defense of Stagliano?
Lorelei: Part of my job as a witness was to take the jurors through the process of the film’s production. I would have described the health and safety precautions taken — mandatory 28-day STD testing, the extensive hygiene process before an anal or on-camera enema scene. One of the allegations against John was that these films were scatological — I wanted to be sure the jurors understood that this wasn’t true.
I would have described the art and artifice of the filming process — to emphasize that what we’re doing is creating a performance — with stops and starts and retakes, and hundreds of aesthetic decisions being made throughout — rather than simply going into a room with a camera and fucking.
We also discussed the possibility of my testifying to the reasons I make these kinds of films. I think this imagery is important as a contrast to the majority of mainstream representation of women’s sexuality. The prevailing message women receive is that sexual aggression is unfeminine, that a woman’s primary sexual role is as regulator of male desire — to say yes or no, but not to pursue desires of our own. Women are still often taught that sexy is the same as “pretty,” that it means dressing a certain way and then waiting to be approached. These films show women being sexually aggressive and powerful in a way that sometimes isn’t pretty, but is definitely sexy.
Lastly, I might have talked specifically about the eroticism of some of the less often understood acts in the film, such as enema play and “cum swapping.”