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Former Colorado Legislator Now In Porn Business With Daughter: "I Feel No Shame"
Rocky Mountain News ^ | 8/7/04 | John aguilar

Posted on 08/10/2004 8:19:17 AM PDT by dukeman

A former Colorado lawmaker and parole board chairman now works in the family business - but it's no dry cleaner or mom-and-pop restaurant.

These days, Larry Schwarz can be found at Platinum X Pictures, a hard-core adult-film company in California's San Fernando Valley.

Debbie, his wife of 24 years, is director of sales. Their 28-year-old daughter, Stephany, is co-owner and star of the company, where she goes by the stage name Jewel DeNyle.

"I feel no shame, as I have learned that what we do in our office is no different than any other business," Larry Schwarz says. "It is the adult-entertainment industry, and it's not violent like what you see in real-life daily news or in mainstream movies."

Schwarz says he works on the decidedly unsexy side of the porn business - managing the warehouse in Canoga Park, marketing tapes and DVDs, and overseeing payroll and collections - and spends no time on the production side, where the movies are shot and edited.

"It is not a porn shop, it is a warehouse distribution center, like any other, shipping VHS and DVD products - period," he says.

"It looks very much like a truck terminal without a dock. I'm still the same person as before, working with a different product and trying to do the best possible job and create profits. It's only different in the minds of those who wish to make it so."

People who knew Schwarz as a Republican legislator twice elected to represent a conservative House district in southern Colorado say they can't fathom his being part of the $6 billion porn industry.

"I could put my finger in an electrical socket and I wouldn't get this kind of a shock," says Ken Chlouber, the Republican president pro tem of the Colorado Senate, who worked with Schwarz on several bills and once wintered his burros on Schwarz's ranch in Wetmore. "If you knew Larry, none of this fits."

A former trucking company executive, Schwarz was tapped in 1997 by then-Gov. Roy Romer for a seat on the state's Parole Board. He was reappointed by Gov. Bill Owens three years later.

Then everything unraveled.

Authorities raided Schwarz's Wetmore home on Dec. 4, 2001, looking for child pornography.

According to court records, police removed cartoon books depicting children having sex and other items, including tapes of DeNyle from Schwarz's home.

Police also investigated claims that Schwarz had sexually molested family members years earlier.

No charges were filed, but Owens fired him from the Parole Board.

Schwarz says that after 15 months of unsuccessful job hunting, the position at his daughter's film company was the "only one available" to him.

Schwarz and his wife moved to Los Angeles in March 2003 to help Stephany, who was already an industry star, get her own adult-movie company off the ground.

Stephany, who refused to be interviewed for this story, spent nine years in the tiny town of Wetmore, 20 miles south of Cañon City. She is the biological daughter of Debbie Schwarz and was adopted by Larry while still a child. [Oh, tell me this guy hasn't been watching porno flicks of his adopted daughter. Ugh!]

People in Wetmore remember Stephany as a rowdy high school student, but Schwarz says he never detected signs that she was heading toward life as a porn star.

"I would much rather she were on the silver screen with Mel Gibson, but life happens not always as we wish," Schwarz says. "We both decided early on that it was better to be there for our daughter and help her avoid other situations which may have been even more devastating.

"When (Stephany) first told us what she was doing for a living, she stressed that she is who she is at home, and Jewel only while at work. She has done an outstanding job at maintaining that distinction throughout her career. We are proud of her."

Schwarz's willingness to further the adult-film career of his adopted daughter by marketing and distributing her films is baffling to some.

"When you have children, why in the world would you promote them doing pornography?" asks Norma Anderson, a Republican state senator and co-majority leader at the time Schwarz was in the House.

Schwarz says he played no role in Stephany's choice to enter the adult-film industry, noting that she decided to do so long before he ever joined her in California. And, he said, she recently decided to retire from performing.

Schwarz also said he isn't in the adult-film business for the money. While he wouldn't disclose his salary at Platinum X, Schwarz says it is substantially less than the $77,928 a year he earned on the Colorado Parole Board.

At work, Schwarz says he takes extra precautions with his daughter's image and "specifically avoids seeing her in anything she performs."

When it's time to choose explicit photographs of DeNyle for use in promotional materials, Schwarz says he refuses to take part.

"I think it's great that Jewel's parents have an open mind about their daughter being in the adult industry," says Michael Stefano, a co-owner of Platinum X and a performer in the industry. "Jewel is very close with both of her parents and would do anything for them."

It's possible that Schwarz, who calls his Platinum X family a "team of mother, father, daughter and associates," is breaking new ground in an industry that thrives on expanding the concept of what's acceptable.

To date, the phenomenon of parents working directly for, or with, their porn-star offspring is still fairly unusual, says Mark Kernes, a senior editor with Adult Video News, an industry trade magazine.

Schwarz's former neighbors in Wetmore aren't turning their back on him.

"I don't think there is anyone you can talk to up here that would bad-mouth him," says Cecilia Sanders.

A group of longtime residents that gathers regularly for conversation and coffee at the Wetmore Community Center recalls Schwarz as "nice" and "personable" and as a legislator who effectively looked out for the interests of Custer, Fremont, Teller and Pueblo counties.

However people categorize his involvement in the adult industry, Schwarz says he will never abandon his Republican ideals of self-reliance, lower taxes and individual freedom.

As for those who question his commitment to family values, Schwarz says the term has many definitions.

Schwarz plans to spend the rest of his working days with his family at Platinum X.

But he still manages to keep the state he called home close at hand, with pictures of cowboys, horses and cattle on his office walls and mountain scenes glowing on his computer screen.

And Schwarz vows to one day return to the state he loves.

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They are originally from Wet-more co. Hmmm!

61 posted on 08/10/2004 8:59:43 AM PDT by Rocket1968 (Democrats will crash and burn in 2004.)
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To: wideawake
Where do you start with this one?

Osculating the toes, maybe. :)

62 posted on 08/10/2004 9:00:54 AM PDT by fritzz
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To: dukeman

Somewhere around age 14 they lost all control over her. So this is really making the best of a bad situation.

Really, what else is Jewel DeNyle going to do ? What is she going to put on her resume ? Put it all behind her and go somewhere where porn doesn't exist ? She was/is one of the top industry stars for years and there is no post-porn career. So moving into the business side of it is the best option for her.

63 posted on 08/10/2004 9:02:38 AM PDT by Sam the Sham
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To: ken5050

A fluffer is someone (um, -usually- a female) who helps get the male stars ready for their scenes. And I'm sure you can imagine how they do so.

64 posted on 08/10/2004 9:02:49 AM PDT by TheBigB (I'm more frustrated than a legless Ethiopian watching a doughnut roll down a hill.)
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To: dukeman

Put on your wading boots, an overcoat and turn down the lights...

65 posted on 08/10/2004 9:04:06 AM PDT by Old Professer (The harbor master is largely unconcerned with the direction of the tide - only its amplitude.)
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To: TheBigB

Thanks, I get the image...

66 posted on 08/10/2004 9:04:16 AM PDT by ken5050 (We've looked for WMD in Iraq for LESS time than Hillary looked for the Rose Law firm billing records)
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To: isthisnickcool

She ain't anybodys little girl anymore, got the stony look of being rode hard and put away wet.

67 posted on 08/10/2004 9:05:34 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: TheBigB

I'm actually speechless. That's saying a lot for me.

68 posted on 08/10/2004 9:07:18 AM PDT by Modernman (Hippies.They're everywhere. They wanna save the earth, but all they do is smoke pot and smell bad.)
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To: cyborg

It looks like he being honest by calling himself a Republican.

69 posted on 08/10/2004 9:08:18 AM PDT by dljordan
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To: dukeman
"I think it's great that Jewel's parents have an open mind about their daughter being in the adult industry," says Michael Stefano, a co-owner of Platinum X and a performer in the industry. "Jewel is very close with both of her parents and would do anything for them."

Words fail me.


70 posted on 08/10/2004 9:13:56 AM PDT by ArGee (After 517, the abolition of man is complete)
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To: dljordan
It looks like he being honest by calling himself a Republican.

All snarkiness aside, I'm not sure you're correct. The "Republican Ideals" mentioned in the article are also "Libertarian Ideals". While you can find Republicans who will champion porn, they are fewer and further between than libertarians who do so. (And I'm not trying to besmirch libertarians or Libertarians, since I'm still conflicted over whether or not I am one).

I think if he were honest with himself, he would a)admit that he's really moved toward the Libertarian camp, and b)confess that he watches Jewel's tapes regularly....
71 posted on 08/10/2004 9:19:47 AM PDT by beezdotcom (I'm usually either right or wrong.)
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To: beezdotcom
I'd like to think I'd start sleeping outside on grates before I'd ever agree to start making money by exploiting my own daughter.

I suspect you would be just as unlikely to agree to exploit someone else's own daughter.

Just a hunch.


72 posted on 08/10/2004 9:19:49 AM PDT by ArGee (After 517, the abolition of man is complete)
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To: mlbford2

Be glad or you would be one seriously warped individual now. And probably a DemocRat.

73 posted on 08/10/2004 9:21:38 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: ArGee
The shrug of the shoulders here kind of reminds me of the reported reactions of Monica Lewinsky's parents when all that business with 'ol Bill broke publically. I personally read thousands of pages of Independent Counsel documents in 1998 and not once did I find even a hint that anyone close to Monica counseled her about the practical and moral problems with an adulterous affair with the President of the United States. Hell, her Mom even helped her pick out clothes for her "dates" with Bill!
74 posted on 08/10/2004 9:22:51 AM PDT by dukeman
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To: cyborg
a shriveled up voodoo doll smoking cigarettes.

Imagery LOL

75 posted on 08/10/2004 9:22:51 AM PDT by martin_fierro (¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,Slipping into consciousness,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸)
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To: G.Mason

How about Democrat Party dad likes to watch his daughter performing so much he takes a job with her porn company to get free seats?

LOL. Ooops. He was a republican.

Now I'm sure you'll tell us that he wasn't actually a member of the GOP, 'cuz they don't do that sort of stuff. Let's face it, bad behavior knows no political party.

76 posted on 08/10/2004 9:23:58 AM PDT by dmz
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To: dukeman
Hell, her Mom even helped her pick out clothes for her "dates" with Bill!

Two (not necessarily related) thoughts:

1. Some people don't raise kids, they just have 'em.

2. People should grow up before they have children.


77 posted on 08/10/2004 9:27:10 AM PDT by ArGee (After 517, the abolition of man is complete)
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To: dljordan


Free Enterprise, free from government intrusion. Yup. GOP. Oh, wait...

78 posted on 08/10/2004 9:28:02 AM PDT by dmz
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To: dmz

Doh *lol*

79 posted on 08/10/2004 9:29:55 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: beezdotcom
There are lots of us "Small-l's" in the GOP. For me, it's a matter of logical consistency. If I don't want the Government messing with me, then I really don't have the right to ask that Government to force these people to behave. They're all adults. They can make their own decisions. My opinion about the morality of those decisions shouldn't necessarily translate into Government policy; not if I don't want the same Government sticking its big, fat nose into my affairs.
80 posted on 08/10/2004 9:30:13 AM PDT by Redcloak (Kids, drugs are bad. Mmmkay?)
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