Eleven BelAmi Models Describe Horrors of a Gay Mediterranean Cruise In Their Lawsuit In US Federal Court Against RSVP Cruise Line

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A gaggle of BelAmi Studio models claim in a United States Federal Court lawsuit that RSVP Vacations and Holland Line hired them last Summer (2011) to “mix and mingle” with gay passengers “on a gay Mediterranean cruise,” but when the boys led by former gay porn star turned studio assistant Johan Paulik. the models attracted “too much attention,” RSVP Vacations forced them off the ship and stranded them in war-torn Tunisia.

The Bel Ami models (Plaintiffs) are from the Czech Republic, The Slovak Republic and Hungary. In overview they claim. See the filed Complaint document (PDF reader) Below are some highlights of the Complaint.

** Defendant RSVP hired a group of attractive young men to ‘mix and mingle’ with their gay passengers on a gay Mediterranean cruise aboard defendant Holland America’s cruise ship the Nieuw Amsterdam. In return, RSVP promised the young men a ‘vacation’ including food and safe passage from Barcelona around the Western Mediterranean and back to Barcelona and promised plaintiff Bel Ami that it would be permitted to photograph and video graph the young men during the cruise. Instead of a vacation, the young men experienced a nightmare.

** RSVP’s entertainment manager contacted Bel Ami, the producer of gay erotic movies, and requested that Bel Ami arrange for a group of its models to attend the cruise. However, the entertainment manager requested that the young men ‘not discuss with anyone including other representatives of RSVP or Atlantis Events ([its] parent company), that [RSVP] provided them with free cabins,’ and further suggesting that the young men should lie and say the cruise was a ‘reward from Bel Ami for their hard work’ if anyone asked.

** Rumors as to the circumstances relating to the young men’s presence on the cruise began before the ship even left the dock. RSVP then had a change of heart. Suddenly, concerned about how the secret arrangement might look to customers or their parent company – or perhaps not satisfied that the young men were fulfilling their end of the bargain, RSVP forced the young men off the ship at the first port of call and left them stranded in Tunisia.

** At the time, Tunisia was in the aftermath of the tumultuous civil uprising that became known as the Arab Spring; an uprising so powerful that it led to the removal of long-time President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The protests constituted the most dramatic wave of social and political unrest in Tunisia in three decades and resulted in scores of deaths and injuries.

** With no reasonable explanation and under threat of arrest and confiscation of their personal belongings and passports, RSVP forced the young men off the ship, disregarding their request to wait at least one additional day when the ship would be in Italy – a politically stable country within the European Union from where the young men could have at least conceivably made it home by train.

BAOL claims it arranged for its models to attend the cruise and paid their salaries and flight and lodging costs in exchange for permission to shoot footage of the cruise. But BAOL says that as soon as its photographer started taking pictures of the models enjoying the cruise, RSVP employees asked him to stop, claiming the models were getting “too much attention.

Bel Ami models are well known among Bel Ami’s viewing audience and easily identifiable,” the complaint states. “Many of the ship’s passengers recognized the models and rumors quickly circulated that Bel Ami was on board to film a movie.” The young men received considerable attention from the other passengers, as one would expect. Passengers asked the models if they were shooting a pornographic film, but when the young men truthfully denied this, the passengers did not believe them.

BAOL claims RSVP barred its crew from filming on the ship, despite the written agreement, and booted the models in Tunisia.

The models say RSVP took their passports and threatened to confiscate their belongings and equipment if they did not leave the ship.

That evening more rumors circulated, and it became clear that RSVP had informed passengers that they were forcing the Bel Ami models from the ship,

Emboldened by RSVP’s drastic measures and negative representation of the young men that was now being circulated, some passengers approached the young men and requested that they engage in sex for money. It was clear that the passengers now felt the young men were not worthy of even the most basic of human dignities. The young men of course refused these requests.

The young men returned to their cabins, although they could not sleep, fully aware that the next day they would be forced off the ship in Tunisia and not knowing what steps they would need to take to get home. They had little choice but to put their faith in [RSVP’s photographer] Mr. Benko and hope for the best.

In the morning, the young men were forced off the ship, while hundreds of other passengers watched. They waited for hours, sitting on the curb next to the port while Mr. Benko attempted to obtain visas. Hungry, scared, humiliated, and despondent, they passed another sleepless night – this time in a strange country in the aftermath of a tumultuous civil uprising.

When they returned home, the young men suffered even more indignity as they were teased by friends about being forcibly removed from the ship. Blogs were already reporting the news, causing the young men further humiliation.

BAOL claims that RSVP, disregarding the models’ safety, “marooned them in an Islamic country in crisis,” without visas, without means of return or the ability to speak the local language.

It claims its reputation was damaged, and it spent more money to get the models home.

BAOL and the models seek compensatory and punitive damages for breach of contract, fraud, intentional interference with contract, negligence, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

BelAmi Studios are represented by Gill Sperlein of San Francisco. Sperlein is also General Counsel for TitanMen and is best known for pioneering the gay porn industry’s copyright porn tube piracy cases.

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10 Comments

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  2. Jack

    July 8, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Whadaya exPECT?! They’re HOOKERS!

    • Paul

      July 14, 2012 at 8:47 am

      they’re not HOOKERS!!!…they’re PORN STARS!

  3. Jo

    July 10, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Scary. I wish them all the best. If they were Americans, they would have been treated differently. They would have the “rights” to this and that. Sadly not the case here.

    • Paul

      July 14, 2012 at 8:51 am

      hmm, why do you say that they would be treated differently if they were Americans, and that they have “rights” to this and that? Don’t you think Europeans have “rights” too?

  4. chipr

    July 17, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Just another one of RSVP/Atlantis’ antics to keep their rates as high as possible, not even bothering to put “on sale at a discount” the cabins that do not sell for on a cruise for which they could have had new or loyal clientele filling those unsold spaces.

    Instead they, or their entertainment manager, “stage” the unsold cabins with lousy entertainers or, in this case, very young ‘models’ for the main purpose of doing a photo shoot specifically designed to prolong their brand’s lure of promoting sex, youth, and beauty to their ideal target audience; not necessarily to their most loyal cruisers.

  5. cr

    July 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Just another one of RSVP/Atlantis’ antics to keep their rates as high as possible, not even bothering to put “on sale at a discount” the cabins that do not sell for on a cruise for which they could have had new or loyal clientele filling those unsold spaces.

    Instead they, or their entertainment manager, “stage” the unsold cabins with lousy entertainers or, in this case, very young ‘models’ for the main purpose of doing a photo shoot specifically designed to prolong their brand’s lure of promoting sex, youth, and beauty to their ideal target audience; not necessarily to their most loyal cruisers.

  6. Bouledesuif

    August 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Yes, Belami, sue RSVP and squeeze a huge compensation out of them! How dare them to treat your boys like that?

  7. Aaron Goldman

    April 1, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I did porn to get myself through grad school! I am not sorry for doing it cuz it was a means to (no pun intended!) an end! Not every porn model/star/whatever sold himself! Porn was (at the time) fun and I never, even once, sold myself! Now and then, gay guys will see me, but they can’t figure out where they know me from or where they have seen me! What RSVP did to these guys was, is, and will remain disgusting and inhumane! This never would have happened if they were American!

  8. Aaron Goldman

    April 1, 2013 at 11:41 am

    This entire incident totally turned me off to ever taking an RSVP cruise! Tunisia?! A country that treats it’s citizens like crap, as well as, having very little tolerance for foreigners. Most likely, being blond haired and blue eyed buff young men didn’t help the situation! I know what it is to look like that! Your looks don’t command respect. They demand it! Maybe their next cruise should have Ahmenijad as their cruise director!

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