John Stagliano

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John Stagliano
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John Stagliano at the "Free Speech Coalition Awards Annual Bash Event" - Los Angeles, CA on November 14, 2009
Born (1951-11-29) November 29, 1951 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other names Buttman, John Stag, John Stagg, John Staglano, Jon Stagliano, Jon Stallion, Romeo Verdi
John Stagliano "Buttman"

John Stagliano (born November 29, 1951), also known as Buttman, is an American entrepreneur, former pornographic actor, producer and director, who founded and owns the Evil Angel pornographic film studio.

Early life and career[edit]

Stagliano grew up in the Chicago suburbs,[1] and attended high school from 1965 to 1969.[2] He enrolled in college, but dropped out in 1969 for several semesters.[2] He then went back to college and studied subjects including English, journalism, and engineering,[2] before transferring to UCLA to major in economics.[1] He originally planned to get an economics PhD and become a professor.[2] He then switched to studying theater, playwriting, modern dance and jazz dance, partly because there were more women in those classes. He is of Italian and Polish ancestry with some of his grandparents from Florence.[1][2][3]

In the 1970s, he wrote erotic fiction for a small newspaper, and did some softcore modeling.[1] He made his debut in a hardcore pornographic film in an 8mm loop in 1974.[1] In 1979, he was looking for dancing jobs in Hollywood. He replied to an advertisement in the Daily Variety looking for male strippers for the new Chippendales show.[1][4] He performed with the group four or five nights a week for the next four years.[1] In 1982, when he was 30, he began publishing a small pornographic magazine on newsprint, which he called Evil Angel.[1]

Adult film producer[edit]

Initially he had little knowledge of film making, but he made his first movie for $8,000 in 1983, titled Bouncing Buns, starring Stacy Donovan. For the next six years he made films for other companies to manufacture and distribute.[1] In 1989, he started Evil Angel to sell his own films. The origin of the company's name dates back to when Stagliano was working as a stripper. "There was another guy in one of my shows named John. So this MC started calling me Evil John to differentiate us. This was when I was doing Dracula and chains. At the same time I had a girlfriend who called herself Angel when she did strip shows. She was a very nasty girl and I suggested that she call herself Evil Angel. She didn't, but I loved the name and wound up using it for my company."[1]

The first Evil Angel film was Dance Fire, filmed in 1988 by Stagliano, starring himself, Trinity Loren, Brandy Alexandre and others.[5] In 1989, he produced "The Adventures of Buttman," the first in a popular series which is credited with sparking the "gonzo" adult film genre.[6][7][8][9] These films involved highlighting the female buttocks,[1] with actors often licking, kissing and playfully biting the female behind. Stagliano has stated that a scene showing Tracey Adams' buttocks inspired him to make the Buttman series of films. The clip shows Adams on her hands and knees with her rear end stuck high in the air. "The shot only lasted a couple of seconds," says Stagliano, "but I knew then what I wanted to do."[10] Early Stagliano productions had little to no anal sex in them and were critically acclaimed for the showcasing of his buttocks fetish. Later Buttman films included numerous anal sex scenes, often featuring Stagliano himself. In the 1990s, Stagliano became one of the most successful figures in American pornographic films.[11]

He has directed series including Buttman at Nudes a Poppin', Buttman Goes to Rio, Buttman's Anal Divas, Buttman's Anal Show, Buttman's Bend Over Babes, Buttman's Bend Over Brazilian Babes, Buttman's Big Butt Backdoor Babes, Buttman's Big Tit Adventure, Buttman's Butt Freak, Buttman's European Vacation, Buttman's Favorite Big Butt Babes, Face Dance and Fashionistas, as well as numerous one-off films.[12] Stagliano also served as mentor, producer, and co-director to Tristan Taormino in her video version of The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women.

From October 2004 through February 2008, Stagliano produced and directed a Las Vegas show called Fashionistas based on his porn film of the same name. In 2008, he won the 'Best Director - Video' award for Fashionistas Safado: Berlin.[13] ("Safado" is a Portuguese word meaning lewd or salacious.)

Stagliano was described by U.S. News and World Report magazine in 1998 as "the nation's leading director of hard-core videos."[14]

He has also been the target of an obscenity case brought about by the U.S. government. In 2010, Judge Richard J. Leon presided over the closely watched prosecution. The judge threw the charges out and stated, "I hope the government will learn a lesson from its experience," he said then, calling the Justice Department's prosecution "woefully insufficient."[15]

HIV lawsuit[edit]

Stagliano was diagnosed with HIV in January 1997.

In a June 2013 lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against Stagliano and his company Evil Angel, adult performer Katie Summers alleged "negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, sexual battery and violations of professions code section 17200" because Stagliano didn't inform her of his HIV positive status prior to her performing in the 2010 movie Buttman's Stretch Class 4. According to the lawsuit, Summers consented to Stagliano engaging in sexual contact within the context of her acting in an adult film. In the scene, Stagliano can be seen handing Summers sex toys and touching her buttocks, but he does not perform hardcore sex with her. Summers claims that had she known of Stagliano's status prior to the scene that she would not have done it.[16]

In a press interview, Stagliano's wife Karen[17] disputes the allegations: "John and the company feel that he did not do anything with Katie Summers that would warrant having to inform her of his HIV status," Karen said "He had no genital contact with her, no sexual touching of her genitals at all that would have put her at any sort of a medical risk whatsoever."

The case was dropped in September 2014.[18] According to Stagliano's attorney, Paul Cambria, “[Summers] had no case. I took her testimony and when I was done I could not see any possible way for her to succeed.” [19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1998 Hot d'Or d'Honneur winner[20]
  • 2003 Ninfa winner - Lifetime Career (Public) Award[21]
  • 2009 Hot d'Or Award winner - Best American Director (Fashionistas Safado Berlin - Evil Angel/Marc Dorcel)[22][23]
  • 2010 XBIZ Award winner - Industry Pioneer - Web[24]
  • 2011 XBIZ Award winner - Man of the Year[24]
  • 2013 XBIZ Award nomination - Director of the Year - Feature Release (Voracious)[25]

Personal life[edit]

Stagliano was in a relationship with pornographic actress Krysti Lynn (aka Shawna Yager) during 1993. She was driving Stagliano's Acura Legend when she died on December 7, 1995, in an accident in Calabasas.[26]

In 1997, Stagliano tested positive for HIV. To date, medication has kept the virus in check.[2]

He married former porn star Tricia Devereaux (Karen Stagliano) in 2008. Stagliano espouses a libertarian political philosophy, and has been a significant financial contributor to the Cato Institute and the Reason Foundation, both libertarian think tanks.[27]

Pornography trial[edit]

On April 8, 2008, Evil Angel and Stagliano were indicted on federal obscenity charges by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C.[28][29][30][31]

On April 14, 2008, Stagliano launched a website,[dead link] to post articles, news, and updates regarding the court proceedings.[32]

On July 16, 2010, a federal trial began in Washington, D.C. with Stagliano as defendant, but all charges were dismissed[33] with the judge saying the evidence linking Stagliano to the production and distribution of two DVD videos "woefully insufficient".[34][35]


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  21. ^ 2003 FICEB Award winners & nominees
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  28. ^ Obscenity indictment
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  30. ^ John Stagliano, Evil Angel Indicted On Federal Obscenity Charges Adult Video News, posted April 8, 2008
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  32. ^ Joanne Cachapero (2008-06-26). "Evil Angel's 'Defend Our Porn' Shipping". XBIZ. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  33. ^ Mark Kernes (2010-07-16). "All Charges Dismissed Against Stagliano and Companies". Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  34. ^ Spencer S. Hsu (2010-07-17). "U.S. District judge drops porn charges against video producer John A. Stagliano". Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  35. ^ "Judge Grants Acquittal Motion in Porn Case, Calls Evidence 'Woefully Insufficient'". 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 

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