Former Las Vegas show producer and pornographer John Stagliano is being tried on obscenity charges this week in Washington, D.C. The charges stem from the distribution of two of his movies by mail, and a trailer for a movie on his website. If convicted, he faces up to 32 years in jail and a $7 million fine.
In Las Vegas, Stagliano is known for creating and directing The Fashionistas at a club at Aladdin, now Planet Hollywood. The show was based on a porn movie of the same name that won more than a dozen Adult Video News awards (the adult Oscar). It was an erotic-but-fully-clothed modern dance interpretation of the movie’s themes of obsession and sexual dominance.
Stagliano closed the show in 2007 to focus on his day job—making porn movies and running his company, Evil Angel. In an online interview with reason.tv, he says even if you’re not a fan of porn, there’s cause to be concerned with the charges against him. “The government can come in and say ‘behave this way.’ They can easily extend that from looking at porn to consuming fast food to cigarettes … Wait, they already did that.”