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April 7, 2006 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The makers of the cult favorite "Bumfights" videos have agreed not to make any more such videos and will pay damages to three men who said they were plied with alcohol and drugs to get them to perform dangerous and degrading stunts. The filmmakers agreed to those terms to settle a lawsuit by Rufus Hannah, Donald Brennan and Peter LaForte, who are featured in the videos.
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April 7, 2006 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The makers of the cult favorite "Bumfights" videos have agreed not to make any more such videos and will pay damages to three men who said they were plied with alcohol and drugs to get them to perform dangerous and degrading stunts. The filmmakers agreed to those terms to settle a lawsuit by Rufus Hannah, Donald Brennan and Peter LaForte, who are featured in the videos.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for four young men accused of exploiting homeless alcoholics to make their "Bumfights" video sought Friday to show that the alleged victims acted voluntarily and thought of the young filmmakers as their friends. "They didn't make me do anything," testified "Bumfights" star Rufus Hannah at the second day of a hearing to determine whether the four will stand trial. The judge scolded the four defendants for allegedly smirking and giggling during Hannah's testimony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for four young men accused of exploiting homeless alcoholics to make their "Bumfights" video sought Friday to show that the alleged victims acted voluntarily and thought of the young filmmakers as their friends. "They didn't make me do anything," testified "Bumfights" star Rufus Hannah at the second day of a hearing to determine whether the four will stand trial. The judge scolded the four defendants for allegedly smirking and giggling during Hannah's testimony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
After hearing contradictory testimony by the alleged victims in the controversial "Bumfights" video, a judge Wednesday ruled that the four underground filmmakers will not face felony charges that could have brought them prison sentences of up to six years. But Superior Court Judge Larrie Brainard also ruled that the four should stand trial for misdemeanor charges of promoting an illegal fight and soliciting battery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A tattoo artist testified Thursday that a homeless man appeared neither drunk nor dismayed when he had the word "BUMFIGHT" tattooed on his forehead at the behest of a group of underground filmmakers. Donald Brennan did more than paint himself for the young men with the movie camera. He brawled with a good friend, a stunt that left him with a broken ankle. Nonetheless, Brennan seemed convinced that his film career was going places, tattoo artist Eric Blose testified Thursday.
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June 21, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Three young filmmakers were scolded Friday as greedy, selfish and insensitive by a judge who fined them $500 apiece for persuading two homeless alcoholics to perform dangerous stunts in a video titled "Bumfights: Cause for Concern." But rather than seeming chastised by the lecture from Superior Court Judge Charles Ervin or relieved at being sentenced to probation rather than jail, the three left the courtroom smiling, laughing and vowing to produce an equally outrageous video soon.
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September 29, 2002 | BETH SILVER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For months, the dark videos with the homemade feel beamed out over the Web site: Bedraggled men beating each other to a pulp. A scruffy street person ramming his head into a wall. Another poor fellow ripping out his own tooth with a pair of pliers. But Bumfights.com offered only snippets. If you wanted a full dose of street mayhem you had to pay for the full video--at $19.95 a pop. By some accounts, 300,000 copies were sold. Howls of protest ensued.
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April 15, 2007 | Todd Lewan, Associated Press Writer
It was a balmy night, the sort that brings the homeless out from the shelters, when the police were summoned to America Street. On the driveway of a condo, just a few paces from the gutter, a man lay dying.He looked to be 50-ish and a resident of Orlando's streets, judging by the moldy jacket. He had been bludgeoned so badly that he could hardly move. Before being rushed to the hospital, where he died of head injuries, the man, August Felix, described his attackers.
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