The FBI says the men behind the ashamed GirlsDoPorn website were ready to make extraordinary efforts to harass and intimidate 22 women who have sued them for fraud and coercion. A judge awarded these women $ 13 million in January. Now one of the men, Matthew Wolfe, is in custody and is being prosecuted. The authorities believe that another defendant, ringleader Michael Pratt, has fled the country.
Wolfe asks to be released on bail. On Thursday, Motherboard released an FBI document that argued against his request. It describes how far the men were ready to take revenge on the women.
The FBI arrested Wolfe in October and ransacked GirlsDoPorn's offices the next day. The April 22 document released this week describes the outcome of this search.
"The agents have listed a table of countries where no people are extradited to the United States," wrote US attorney Robert Brewer. "The table showed whether each country had online banking and whether New Zealand citizens like the accused could get a visa."
Brewer says the defendant's fiance has a wealthy family and could have access to funds to help them flee to New Zealand – and then to a non-US extradition country.
Brewer also says FBI agents have "found evidence of efforts to harass and intimidate the victims and their lawyers."
They found a video script called "22 Whores + 5 Shady Lawyers VS GirlsDoPorn". The heading was "Share and spread this video as far and wide as possible."
The screenplay, loaded with typos, listed the names of the 22 women who had sued the porn site. "Put each girl's (sic) full name and location on the screen before rolling (sic) shit there," the script said – presumably "her shit" here is footage from her pornographic videos.
The video should end with the text "These backward lawyers and disquisting (sic) whores have wasted 3 years of each (sic) time. Ask yourself how viral these videos are now if no one controls them … Great job."
One of the accusations made by women against GirlsDoPorn is that the website owners have deliberately given their real names to spark interest in their videos. But posting a video like this would have been a bold act of doxing.
Brewer says he also found "a phone list listing the victims' names and Jane Doe numbers" (the plaintiffs were referred to as "Jane Doe 1", "Jane Doe 2", etc. during the trial), which was "on trial." reminded them to get information on the phone by pretending to be a journalist. "
On the back of the list it was handwritten: "Hello, my name is (******), I am a journalist from LA, I am calling about the Girlsdoporn case. I have heard from you (sic) related with the case and curious about a comment if you have free time. "
Wolfe had argued that he should be released because he has sleep apnea and does not want to catch the coronavirus in prison. However, Brewer countered that sleep apnea is not a known risk factor for COVID-19. He argued that despite the risk of infection, Wolfe should remain in prison.