The entertainment industry is in an uproar after a judge ruled in favor of a lawsuit alleging that a major motion picture company has used child actors in adult content.
A San Francisco jury awarded the plaintiffs $2.3 million in damages, and ordered Y&am’s parent company to pay $10 million.
The lawsuit also named Universal Studios, which has owned and operated the Y&ammovies properties, and Warner Bros. as defendants.
The two companies, along with other studios and studios that have operated at the YM studios, said they would continue to fight the lawsuit.
“We’re still confident we’re going to win,” said attorney Brian Koppelman.
“The movie industry has had enough of this type of crap and they need to put it behind them.
There’s no place for this in the industry.”
The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in February 2016 after being alerted to a Facebook post from a Y&amba employee in which the company said it would not tolerate anyone using children for sexual purposes.
“A few months ago, a YM employee told a client he was using a boy and the client was outraged and told the Y M that they are going to be sued for this,” Koppelman said.
“This was the first time a client had heard about it.”
According to court documents, the Yamba employee’s post included a link to a website that allowed users to rent children from various sources including hotels and restaurants.
“They have no obligation to rent out a child under 18 years old,” the post stated.
“Our mission is to educate and empower people to have sex and the only way to do that is by providing real, quality, adult entertainment.”
Koppelsman said the post was sent to multiple employees, including a producer and a director.
“He was like, ‘You guys need to get the fuck out of my office,'” Koppler said.
He said the company has also been contacted by a former employee who told them she had been sexually abused by an employee of the Ym studios.
“She’s really upset about it and she doesn’t want to talk to anyone anymore,” Kappelmans attorney, Kevin Broussard, said.
The company did not respond to The Huffington Post’s request for comment.
According to the suit, the employees were not informed about the company’s policy until the post hit social media.
The post was shared more than 10,000 times on the social media platform and received more than 3,500 comments.
“I would never have thought of posting it, let alone on Facebook,” one commenter wrote.
“Just a simple reminder that we are the worst, and we need to stop this,” another person wrote.