Luke Ford, circa 2000
28 May 1966 |
Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia
Ford moved to California in 1977. His father, Desmond Ford, was a noted Seventh-day Adventist theologian, and was the center of a theological controversy in the late 1970s and '80s. His mother, Gwen Ford, died of bone cancer in March 1970, when Ford was three years old.
After leaving the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ford explored atheism. Ford states that he was converted through the Los Angeles Beis Din. Ford says he observes the Jewish Sabbath, attends synagogue regularly, and keeps kosher. He has been asked to leave at least two different congregations. Ford wrote about his religious ostracism in XXX-Communicated: A Rebel Without a Shul.
Ford studied economics at UCLA but did not graduate. Instead, he worked as an investigative journalist for southern California newspapers and at a radio station. In 1995, he became intrigued with the lack of journalistic coverage of the pornography industry, and started to write a book, which would become A History of X.
In January 1996, after researching porn for a year, Ford wrote, produced, directed and acted in What Women Want, a pornographic video. It was not a success. Ford is credited as "Dick Dundee".
In 1997, Ford started his pornography gossip website, LukeFord.com. He said, "I'm not a businessman. I'm not a conventional journalist. I'm a story teller/entertainer/lunatic."
Ford was sued for defamation multiple times by people in the porn industry, including by RJB Telecom, whom he (as well as the Federal Trade Commission) accused of dishonesty; Christi Lake, whom he mislabeled in a bestiality photo; and Laurie Holmes (widow of John Holmes), for accusations of prostitution on the set. Ford has said that he has been sued five times to date: one suit was dropped, another was thrown out, another was settled when his insurance company paid $100,000, and the last two were settled when he removed some of his statements without making a retraction. Wired called him "The Most Hated Man in Web Porn". He was physically assaulted by Mike Albo, an editor for Hustler.
In August 2001, after urgings of his rabbi, Ford sold his main website,lukeford.com to Netvideogirls.com for $25,000, and created lukeford.net which avoided pornography, and focused more on Jewish issues. One year later, after nearly going broke, he returned to his pornographic roots by starting lukeisback.com with many of his old archives. On 23 October 2007, Ford announced he had sold lukeisback.com and its contents for an undisclosed sum to an undisclosed party. "Any writing I do on the porn industry from now on will be for publications with no porn advertising," Ford said. Those owners (whose names have not been divulged) ran the site until June 2008 but walked away from the site saying that writing the site was too much work for the money earned. It was sold a second time, with the new owner being long-time industry observer Cindy Loftus.
AVN Hall of Famer Bill Margold has said that "Luke Ford is exactly what we deserve... Luke's not really a blogger as much as is an internet journalist". Ford was also in the 2010 documentary After Porn Ends, which is about life after being a porn actor.
- A History of X: 100 Years of Sex in Film. Prometheus Books, 1999. ISBN 1-57392-678-7
- Michelle Goldberg. "The Matt Drudge of porn". Salon.com. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
- Noah Shachtman (13 August 2001). "Porn Stripped of Gossip Maven". Wired. Retrieved 2007-06-14.
- Noah Shachtman (1 February 2001). "'The Most Hated Man in Web Porn'". Wired. Retrieved 2007-06-14.
- Luke Ford (23 July 2007). "Rumor romp". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2007-07-23.
- "Loose Lips". AVN. Archived from the original on 10 April 2001. Retrieved 2007-06-14. "In an outdoor confrontation with gossip columnist Luke Ford, Albo bitch slapped Ford and chased him outside around the Hustler building."
- Tony Castro (5 June 2007). "Luke Ford: the outsider". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 2007-06-14.
- Anne Winter (24 October 2007). "Luke Ford Selling LukeisBack.com, Distancing From Adult". XBiz.com. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
- Luke Ford (11 June 2008). "LukeIsback.com is For Sale". lukeisback.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
- Cindi Loftus (20 July 2008). "Not Luke is…". lukeisback.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
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