Three performers and three crew members shooting a new installment of Bang Productions' Fuck Team Five at Lanark Park off Topanga Canyon Blvd. were arrested Wednesday and incarcerated on charges of lewd conduct.
Alexa Jordan, Claire Dames, Natasha Nice, still photographer Greg, director Shooter and one other crewperson were taken into custody in the surprise bust. Four others were let go with tickets.
AVN spoke with Jordan shortly after her release this morning, and she recounted the events as follows: "We had been filming there for probably about an hour — we started out at the baseball field and then we were playing on the basketball court — and as we were leaving when we were all finished, this guy walked up and he was like, 'Oh, are you guys done? I was liking the show.' Because we were flashing. And we were like, 'Yeah,' and we just kind of kept walking, and then all of a sudden someone ran up and was like, 'Get up against the wall!' and showed a badge and pushed all of us up against the wall. We had to get on our knees with our hands on our head, and then they handcuffed us."
Jordan said Dames and Nice were released around 2:30 a.m., the three crewpersons several hours later and herself at about 9:30 this morning. Jordan was released on her own recognizance since she had no history of previous arrests, while the others posted bail.
Whether police carried out the bust because of a called in complaint or as a sting operation is unknown, but according to Jordan, very little if any "lewd conduct" took place, and no charges were made against the crew of violating any laws by shooting in the park.
"They said we were allowed to shoot and everything was fine, it was just that it was in a public place and they thought that the things that we were doing were inappropriate," Jordan said. "We were playing basketball and some of the girls were bent over and the guys were blocking, so I guess you could say it was suggestive, but as far as nudity, there was a couple moments where some of the girls flashed, but other than that, that was it."
Miami-based Bang Productions co-owner Penn Davis was reached for comment, but he said he was unaware of the bust. The arrests and issued tickets were confirmed to AVN, however, by Sgt. Nemecek of the Topanga Vice Unit.
Jordan said this occurrence "is definitely going to make me second-think what shoots I accept to do, and to not be afraid to tell a director if I feel that something's not right or that we shouldn't be doing something. Because I've done public flashing before for sites and I was about to have a heart attack because I was so scared of getting caught and getting in this kind of situation, and now that it's happened, it's like, 'OK ... I was right.'"
Jordan appears on an impromptu edition of Belladonna Radio (www.enterbelladonna.com:8000) today at 3 p.m. PST to discuss the experience.
Meanwhile, the LAPD has yet to recover Joanna Angel's car, stolen from the Staples Center parking lot last Sunday while she was signing at Erotica LA. When she spoke with department reps yesterday, she was told to call back today because too many officers were busy patrolling the Lakers victory parade.