A fetish film company in St Petersburg, Florida, allegedly paid at least 10 homeless men $50 a to be kicked, beaten and whipped by semi-naked women during scenes for “SHEFIGHTS”.
The men were tied up and beaten for 12 minutes. They lost their fee if they fought back or gave up before the fight was over, according to a lawsuit.
Two of the men, one of whom has Asperger’s syndrome, are taking the company to court, claiming they were exploited for their poverty.
The company, shefights.net, sells the filmed ‘beatdowns’ online for as much as $900 a time for a custom video, according to the lawsuit. Prices start at $2.99 for a two-minute ‘sparring session’.
Mr Chonin filed a lawsuit on behalf of two of the men on April 1, claiming the company violated state hate crime laws which specifically protect homeless people from exploitation.
George Grayson, 37, suffers from Asperger’s syndrome. He claims he was left with painful lacerations all over his back after submitting to a whipping session, for which he earned $25.