- This article is about a male porn star
Max Hardcore wearing his trademark cowboy hat
|Aug 10, 1956 / 67 yo
|Paul F. Little
|Racine WI USA
Max Hardcore (born Paul F. Little on August 10, 1956 in Racine, Wisconsin, USA) is a controversial male porn star and producer whose films usually feature him engaging in a variety of sexual acts with young women who dress and act like prepubescent girls.
Although Hardcore often depicts his actresses as young and sometimes beneath the age of consent, they are not actually under 18. In his film Max Extreme 4, an actress over the age of 18 was portraying a character who states that she is 12 years old.
Based on these movies, the city of Los Angeles in 1998 charged him with child pornography and distribution of obscenity. The fact that the actress was over the age of 18 was not disputed; they brought charges based solely on the fact that the actress was portraying a character who was under eighteen years of age.
Just before the case was brought to trial in 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the statute prohibiting adults from portraying children in films and books was unconstitutional (See Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition). Based on this ruling, the child pornography charges against Hardcore were dismissed. The misdemeanor charge of distribution of obscenity was retained, but the jury failed to reach a verdict. An additional obscenity charge was subsequently levied against him by L.A., again resulting in a hung jury. Hardcore commented that "it was a frivolous waste of public resources."
On October 5, 2005, the offices of Max World Entertainment were raided by the FBI. Five video titles and the office's computer servers were seized, ostensibly for research toward a federal obscenity indictment or a charge related to the 2257 record-keeping law. In response to this action, Hardcore released the following statement: "Once again, the government is wasting tax dollars and otherwise invaluable law enforcement resources to try to force a minority view of morality on all of America. Five of my movies have been targeted by the Federal Prude Patrol. There is no indication of any crime to be alleged except obscenity. If indicted, I will fight to protect my liberty, as well as the liberty of consenting adults to watch other adults engage in lawful, consensual, pleasurable sexual action. Shame on the Bush Department of Justice. I am proud of the movies I make and proud of those who buy and sell those movies."
In 2007 Max Hardcore was indicted by the United States Department of Justice Obscenity Prosecution Task Force on 10 counts of federal obscenity charges in Tampa, Florida and was found guilty on all charges in June 2008.
- Max Hardcore found guilty on 20 counts of obscenity by Tampa, Fla. jury
- rotten.com article
- Biography from talkingblue.com
- Max Hardcore Trial Travesty, by Steve Nelson, Adult Industry News
- News story about a recent raid on Max Hardcore's studio
- Max Hardcore Raided by Feds in Obscenity Probe News release from Free Speech Coalition (October 4, 2005)
- Hoffman Hardballs Hardcore Interview by David Hoffman (February 11, 2003)
- "Devil in the Flesh: From painful sex to foul-mouthed revenge fantasies, a meaner brand of pornography takes the back door to commercial success." by Peter S. Scholtes, City Pages (1/14/98)
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