CLEARWATER — The producer of a series of fetish videos that showed women beating up handcuffed men will have to pay $14,000 to four homeless men featured in the films, a Pinellas judge ruled last month.
Circuit Judge Pamela A.M. Campbell ordered Jeffrey Williams to pay $14,000, plus attorney fees, to each of the four men who sued him.
The men claimed they were offered $25 to $50 each to be whipped, beaten and dominated by scantily clad women as cameras rolled. They said they were not allowed to fight back and had to endure the beatings for 12 minutes in order to get paid.
The videos later appeared on the websites shefights.net and shepunishes.com. Lawyers for the men — identified in court documents as George Grayson, Kyle Shaw, Ronn Boykins and James Cayer — accused Williams of targeting vulnerable homeless men for the beatings.
Williams, who produced the videos under the company name J.P. Florida Productions, has languished in jail for almost a year as he fights criminal charges of aggravated abuse of a disabled adult. Jail records show he is being held on $55,000 bail.