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Colin Farrell Sex Video Hits Internet

January 11, 2006|Robert W. Welkos | Times Staff Writer

A sex video made by actor Colin Farrell and a Playboy Playmate surfaced Tuesday on the Internet despite a court injunction blocking its release.

Word about a website carrying the video featuring Farrell and his then-girlfriend, Nicole Narain, Playboy magazine's Miss January 2002, rapidly spread on the Internet through other websites, including IDontLikeYouIn ThatWay.com, which also posted what it said were video stills of the Irish actor and Narain engaged in sex acts.

In releasing the video, the other website said, "Colin tried to stop us from showing you this.... Well, here it is anyways," according to IDontLikeYouInThatWay. By late Tuesday afternoon, the website carrying the video was unavailable for viewing.

Farrell's publicist released this statement Tuesday: "A website attempting to distribute an unauthorized tape of Colin Farrell was shut down today. Mr. Farrell will take legal action against anyone who tries to distribute this tape." There was no immediate comment from Farrell's attorney.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge had issued a restraining order in July after Farrell's attorneys filed suit, temporarily blocking the public release of the video, which was made about two years ago.

David Hans Schmidt, the Phoenix agent and celebrity porn broker who was among the defendants in Farrell's suit, denied Tuesday that he or any of the other defendants had anything to do with the unauthorized release of the tape.

Farrell, currently starring in "The New World," was also in the news recently when it was announced that he had checked into a treatment center suffering from exhaustion and dependence on prescription medication. The medication was reportedly prescribed to the actor after a back injury.

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