1. Welcome to CowboysZone!  Join us!  Come on!  You know you want to!

Fla. town employee fired over porn actress wife

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

    64,577 Messages
    3,444 Likes Received
    By BRIAN SKOLOFF Associated Press Writer © 2009 The Associated Press

    July 23, 2009, 6:05PM

    [IMG]
    AP This undated photo provided by Scott Janke shows Scott Janke, right and his wife Anabela Mota Janke. Janke, a South Florida town manager who married an adult film star last year was fired at an emergency meeting after the mayor and council members learned about it. Fort Myers Beach town council voted 5-0 to fire Janke "without cause" after Mayor Larry Kiker called the Tuesday night July 21, 2009 meeting. (AP Photo/Courtesy Scott Janke)



    — The mayor of a small southwest Florida town on Thursday defended the town council's decision to fire its city manager after officials learned his wife is an adult film actress.

    Fort Myers Beach Mayor Larry Kiker insisted that Scott Janke's termination had nothing to do with his spouse's job, that the town was merely trying to maintain order.

    "What we were addressing was a situation where we weren't going to be able to govern the town with all the disruption and interruption," Kiker said.

    The plan appears to have backfired.

    "I've done over 30 interviews (with media) ... I've gotten hundreds of e-mails, we're getting threatened," Kiker said. "Nobody is getting any work done around here."

    Still, Kiker insisted that Janke wasn't fired because of his wife's job.

    "We didn't fire him because his wife was a porn star," Kiker griped, adding that the decision wasn't a "knee-jerk reaction."

    However, the mayor also noted: "It was not his job performance. We all liked Scott ... He's a good guy."

    Kiker said he learned of Janke's wife's job after receiving a telephone call from a reporter on Tuesday. He said he then spoke to Janke, who agreed "this was going to be a big disruption for the town and he was not going to be able to do his job well."

    Within a few hours, Kiker had called an emergency town council meeting, and the group voted 5-0 to exercise a "no-cause" clause in Janke's contract, effectively firing him.

    Councilman Tom Babcock said at a council meeting Wednesday that Janke was fired because his wife's profession brought an inaccurate image to Fort Myers Beach, the News-Press of Fort Myers reported.

    "When you become a public figure you are held to a different level of scrutiny and ethics," Babcock said at the meeting.

    Janke told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that he and his wife had their "heads held high."

    "We have done nothing to be embarrassed about. We've done nothing wrong," Janke said. He said it's too early to think about what's next, and wouldn't comment on any possible legal action.

    He will get a severance package worth six months salary, which comes to about $50,000, plus health benefits.

    Janke said he married Anabela Mota Janke, who goes by the stage name Jazella Moore, in October. He began working for the town in March 2008.

    Dan Miller, editor at the AVN Media Network, which covers the adult industry, said he had not heard of a similar case, but noted the adult film industry is "not necessarily widely accepted" in mainstream American politics.

    Diane Duke, executive director of the Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for the adult entertainment industry, said the firing could present legal problems for the town.

    Duke said even with a "no-cause" clause in Jenke's contract, as a government employee he is still protected by the First Amendment.

    "There may very well be a case here," she said.

    Added Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida: "His firing may run up against Florida's law that prohibits discrimination based on marital status."

    Meanwhile, the issue is the talk of the town of about 6,500.

    "Everyone who lives on the island has made comments," said Jaye Duval, owner of the Sole Cafe, who listened to all the gossip as residents gathered for morning coffee and breakfast. "Everybody I've heard has basically thought he should have been able to keep his job. Most people think what his wife does shouldn't matter."

    George Noakes, manager of the Sunflower Cafe in town, called it "prejudice."

    "I thought the guy was doing a good job. I don't understand why his wife is even an issue," Noakes said. "Whatever she does, that's none of our concern. We shouldn't even be bothered with it."

    ___

    AP Writer David Fischer contributed to this report from Miami.
  2. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

    47,576 Messages
    8 Likes Received
    I heard about this on the radio the other day and I agree that if he was doing a good job then he shouldn't have been fired.
  3. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong

    8,324 Messages
    477 Likes Received
    Porn Star discrminination, huh? Well hello lawsuit!
  4. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong

    8,324 Messages
    477 Likes Received
    Was this opinion formed before or after you looked up the wife's "Body of Work"? :)
  5. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

    47,576 Messages
    8 Likes Received
    I'm offended at that accusation. :mad:

    Where's Pep?

    :laugh2:
  6. ArmyCowboy

    ArmyCowboy New Member

    951 Messages
    0 Likes Received
    The qotes by the mayor about how the guy was a good employee and the way the whole situation was handled is a lawyers dream.

    It would be hard for a decent lawyer to screw up this (upcoming) lawsuit.
  7. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

    47,576 Messages
    8 Likes Received
    Even Pep could win this one. :D
  8. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

    31,968 Messages
    1,715 Likes Received
    Politicians can openly cheat on their wives or get caught flashing a "lets be friends" sign into the stall next to them in a mens room but this dude gets canned because his wife is a porn star.

    Color me confused.

    I wanna see where this goes. No way in hell it should stick and I'd say the guy who fired him should have the favor returned after Porno-Hubby gets his job back.
  9. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

    27,165 Messages
    1,342 Likes Received
    I hope they get a ton of money because of this.
  10. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

    75,087 Messages
    1,623 Likes Received
    What no movie titles? Damn
  11. FloridaRob

    FloridaRob Active Member

    1,429 Messages
    21 Likes Received
    I am sure all the blue hair ol ladies in that little town of 6500 rose up and put pressure on the people that make the decisions. After all I am sure they are worried their geriatric ol husbands might be spending a little more time in City Hall or asking to trim the wifes hedges at her home if she needs some help instead of playing shuffleboard with them. .....:)
  12. Jon88

    Jon88 Benched

    7,666 Messages
    0 Likes Received
    You can't fire someone for that. That's a lawsuit waiting to happen.

    I see the Bible Belt has been expanded.
  13. peplaw06

    peplaw06 That Guy

    13,613 Messages
    365 Likes Received
    :shoot3:

    Or did you just call me a decent lawyer?? aww thanks Yeag. Didn't know you cared.....
  14. Jon88

    Jon88 Benched

    7,666 Messages
    0 Likes Received
    You'll have to suspend ambulance detail though ;)
  15. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

    47,576 Messages
    8 Likes Received
    Pep is ready to go

    [IMG]
  16. Jon88

    Jon88 Benched

    7,666 Messages
    0 Likes Received
    Great lawyer. New how to act with the judge too.

    He turned it around in the end.
  17. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

    75,087 Messages
    1,623 Likes Received
    No one has found a movie title yet? I was planning on going to the video store so I could do some in depth research to help defend this poor maligned couple. :laugh2:
  18. ArmyCowboy

    ArmyCowboy New Member

    951 Messages
    0 Likes Received
    According to a movie database, she was in The Cock Pit 3.

    I really don't know what the big deal is, sounds like a flight instructional film to me. :)
  19. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

    8,825 Messages
    85 Likes Received
    :lmao:

    I'm sure it's quite educational.
  20. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

    75,087 Messages
    1,623 Likes Received
    Ok that is a good start and yes it does sound like some instructional video to me It is looking more and more as this woman and her devoted husband are getting shafted. I'm going to stop by and pick up a copy of this instructional video and some magic pop popcorn and do some research to get to the bottom of this. :laugh2:

Share This Page