Nearly an hour of group sex was filmed under the lights of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2001 by a Chatsworth-based company that obtained a permit to film on the ground intended to honor WWI veterans, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
The footage filmed on Sept. 16, 2001, made up about half of a 2002 release titled "The Gangbang Girl #32,” the Times reported. Patrick Lynch, then-general manager of the Coliseum, did not know about the four-hour, X-rated shoot, Tony Cappozola, Lynch’s attorney, told NBC4 News.
The Coliseum boasts a storied history, including two Olympics and John F. Kennedy's acceptance of the presidential nomination.
"To allow this to become a scene for a sleazy porn movie is despicable," Cappozola said.
Representatives for the production company, Anabolic Video, were unable to be reached Wednesday night. The company’s logo can be seen on the jerseys worn by the actors during the shoot.
The Times reported that the permit obtained by Anabolic Video did not describe the film as pornographic, but Christopher Alexander, the company’s founder, told the newspaper he assumed Coliseum officials had approved of their being there.
The Coliseum was "an incredible location," Alexander told the Times, adding that he had "certainly no disrespect and no intention to defame a national landmark."
Coliseum officials, however, said they had “no record of the filming” and did not authorize it, according to a statement released by Thomas Faughnan, attorney for the Coliseum Commission.
But Cappozola has a theory on how it might have happened.
"This company, in my opinion, gave a bogus reason for being there, or had somebody on the inside who was an event cooridinator, and got them to go ahead and open the gates, turn on the lights," says Cappozola. "There's a lot of things that has to happen."