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Judge orders porn star Jenna Jameson to pay up

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Updated: December 15, 2012 6:20AM



Porn star Jenna Jameson owes $92,000 for skipping two scheduled appearances at suburban movie theaters showing her film “Zombie Strippers!”

A DuPage County judge Tuesday ordered Jameson to pay the breach-of-contract damages for spurning the March 2011 paid appearances at theaters in Naperville and Woodridge.

Jameson claimed she skipped the events because she was ill but theater owner Ted Bulthaup sued after seeing video of her attending a birthday party in Hollywood for celebrity blogger Perez Hilton on one of those nights.

“The day after she was too sick to appear in Illinois she seemed fine in Hollywood,” Bulthaup attorney Kevin Mahoney said as he asked for damages from the adult-film star, whose legal name is Jenna Marie Massoli.

Jameson wasn’t in court Tuesday, nor was she even represented by an attorney as Judge Patrick Leston ordered her to pay up.

She was supposed to have received a minimum of $10,000 for appearing at the Hollywood Palms Cinema and Hollywood Boulevard Cinema to sign autographs, greet fans and attend showings of her 2008 comedy-horror film. Her scheduled appearances had generated more than 1,200 advance ticket sales before she abruptly backed out less than 48 hours before the events, Bulthaup said.

Bulthaup had sought about $290,000 in damages, including $42,000 to cover the cost of her airfare, refunded movie tickets and lost food and beverage sales from her appearances.

But he also asked for nearly $250,000 to compensate for publicity that he said would have been generated by her appearances at his theaters.

“The primary damage suffered by the company was the loss of publicity,” Mahoney argued during the hearing.

Leston knocked that figure down substantially, awarding $50,000 for lost publicity, saying calculating such damages is “extraordinarily speculative.”

He awarded the $42,000 sought by Bulthaup for ticket refunds and other direct expenses.

Bulthaup declined to comment after the hearing,but his attorneys didn’t object to the damages awarded.

“We’re satisfied with the result,” said attorney Ken Sullivan.

It’s not clear how easily the damages can be collected from the actress, who lives in California.



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