LOS ANGELES — A porn actor, who works under the name Mr. Marcus, is claiming he is the one behind the recent syphilis scare that shut down the industry.
The veteran actor told Adult Video News: “So now we’re dealing with [syphilis] in our industry, and I’m the guy. I didn’t want to be the guy, but I’m the guy.”
Mr. Marcus says he believes he contracted the STD on set but admits that he altered his syphilis-positive test so that he could keep performing.
His altered test was what started the scare and initiated the industry’s self-imposed 10-day moratorium while actors are tested and treated for syphilis.
The porn actor was diagnosed with syphilis on July 12, received a penicillin shot on July 13 and returned to work 11 days later, on July 24, AVN reports. However, he still had the disease.
Perhaps most disturbing, according to the Huffington Post, the producer of the shoot didn’t ask for a paper or digital copy of Marcus’ STD test.
Instead, the actor showed a copy of the test on his cell phone so that the syphilis portion wasn’t visible.