Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called the revelation that some city firefighters may have helped make two porn movies “unacceptable” and reiterated the commitment by the fire department to conduct a complete investigation.
“It’s unacceptable,” Villaraigosa said. “It just is.”
An investigation by NBC4 focused on a porn movie shot at Venice Beach, where LA City Fire Engine 263 was used as a backdrop for lewd acts performed by a topless actress included in the movie. The actress climbs up on the engine, repeatedly exposes herself and asks passersby to fondle her.
Firefighters “set it all up ahead of time” with the film crew, parking their engine in two disabled spots at the beach so the producers could use it for their movie, insiders told NBC4.
“If those allegations are proven true, there absolutely should be discipline,” Villaraigosa said.
An internal affairs investigation is underway into possible involvement by firefighters in the movie, according to the fire department.
“The Professional Standards Division is following all leads, all reasonable leads, leaving no stone unturned,” LAFD Cpt. Tina Haro said.
The investigation will examine how the porn actress got access to a fire engine, because under department policy, the trucks “shall be kept in sight at all times” by firefighters assigned to them, Haro said.
Firefighters are also required to “operate apparatus in a way that does not compromise the reputation of the department.” Allowing a porn shoot on an engine would violate that policy, department officials say.
LAFD officials and the Mayor are promising a thorough investigation into the porn shoots. “I take this seriously,” Villaraigosa said.