St. Louis: Two Who Hired Porn Star Are Fired
November 6, 2002
On Friday in St. Louis, the eight-member board of Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS voted unanimously to fire Director Erise Williams Jr. and Senior Director James Green. The two had hired porn star Edgar Gaines to speak at a July 20 event promoting safe sex. Gaines was paid $500 from a federal anti-syphilis grant, BABAA said. The BABAA-sponsored event was held at Williams' home, where the actor appeared wearing a towel and boots. Donnell Smith, a lawyer and vice chair of the board, said the board is still investigating whether guests under age 18 attended, and whether, as two former employees charged, Gaines stripped and had sexual contact with the audience. "Based on the people we've spoken with, we don't believe there's much merit to those claims," Smith said. Green was fired because he was in charge of the grant used to pay Gaines, Smith said. Williams had been the agency's director for most of its 13-year history. The matter prompted the St. Louis Health Department to cancel the remainder of the agency's $96,000 CDC anti-syphilis grant, which amounts to about $6,000, said BABAA attorney Mark Pasewark.Adapted from:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
11.06.02; Michele Munz
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