In 2007, Herald Sun writer, Keith Moor presented an article about G Media [abbywinters.com] which aimed to blow the whistle on the adult film production corporation. The article utilised such terminology and descriptive phrasing as young women
, naivety of young women , manipulating them to perform explicit sex acts , young impressionable women and immoral and exploitation of the young at its worst .
On 15 June 2009, G Media was raided on alleged claims
of a breach of fifty four counts of making objectionable films for gain, one count of possessing a commercial quantity of objectionable films and two charges of possessing child pornography.
Many of the initial charges were dropped. However,
Garion Hall (CEO) subsequently plead guilty to charges of possessing a commercial quantity of objectionable films it intended selling or exhibiting and producing an objectionable film in Victoria .
The issue was raised again in the
media during 2009 while a subsequent trial in 2010 saw G Media targeted by two former models, Blaire and Melita . They claimed that the company was exploiting them and other nude models .
When analysing the sentence
administered to G Media, the underlying subtext of moral debate is evidentiary. Hall pleaded guilty to charges of production and possession, and was subsequently charged on 28 May 2010. He received a $6000 fine.
The charges were significantly less
than the original accusations. However, one can presume that the relatively-insignificant fine was swayed somewhat by Hall's statement of intentions to vacate Victoria (and indeed the country), by moving the company to Amsterdam.
abbywinters.com is closing up shop in Australia and relocating to Amsterdam after a legal battle that saw the company plead guilty to two charges of producing and selling DVDs that weren't rated by the classification board.
known for producing adult content featuring amateur Australian girls.
In a post on the abbywinters.com message board, company CEO Garion Hall said that instead of fighting a costly, protracted legal battle to set new case law he decided to move to
a location where he could continue his operation without the threat of legal hassles.
We have always believed the law to be gray in this area, and the law had not been properly tested in this regard, Hall said. We could have spent many
thousands of dollars in attempting to define the laws but this would have involved additional time and resources that the company could ill afford, therefore, the company plead guilty to the two charges.
Our [defense attorney] made
submissions about the nature of our business, that we are reputable, well managed, have excellent systems and protocols in place, and have been operating openly since our inception 10 years ago. The magistrate accepted all the submissions made to her by
Hall said that the company stopped shooting in Australia as of May 28, after the resolution of the court case in which the company received a nominal fine. abbywinters.com plans to cease all Australian operations later this
Site members can rest comfortably knowing that much of the creative team will be moving with Hall to Amsterdam so the look and feel of the site will remain the same. Two of its shooters, two video editors, management team and back-office
staff will be making the move.
Hall reassures his site's members that even though it's unlikely he will be shooting many Australian girls in Amsterdam—a key element that made the site unique—the site's aesthetic of shooting amateur content remains
Garion Hall, the boss of AbbyWinters.com, has been charged with 54 counts of producing and possessing supposedly objectionable films.
Hall also was charged on three under age porn counts after police in Victoria raided his business, G
Media, in June and seized footage of allegedly illegal sex acts. Computer records and DVDs were among items seized.
The charges relate to sexually explicit DVDs allegedly made by his multimillion-dollar company, G Media.
Previously 35 DVDs
have been submitted to the Australian film censors who reported that they would be classified X18+ (for explicit sex, legal to supply in 2 Australian territories but not Victoria)
Two of Hall's former models who appear on the AbbyWinters website
as Blaire and Melita accused G Media of exploiting them and other nude models by not warning them it was illegal to profit from making objectionable films in Victoria, according to Australia's Herald Sun. The women claim G Media used large cash
incentives to lure naive women into performing sex acts on camera.
Hall is due to appear in Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Jan. 27 to face 57 charges.
AbbyWinters.com is a paysite that specializes in lesbian and solo erotica of amateur
female nude models. The site has about 30,000 subscribers.
Hall, in June, said that the police raids were instigated by a tabloid journalist from the Herald Sun.