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Porn Actress Alleges Discrimination

November 7, 1997

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Porn actress Dalny Marga Valdes is screaming, and not because it’s in the script.

Ms. Valdes, 29, has filed a federal discrimination complaint alleging the Screen Actors Guild won’t let her join.

``They’re denying any X-rated actor or producer into their union,″ Ms. Valdes said Thursday in a telephone interview. ``I say we’re just like any other actor.″

The Guild wasn’t commenting, but adult entertainment industry members, including her own agent, say Ms. Valdes _ whose credits include some 70 porn films _ is a wannabe-Hollywood actress suffering from delusions of grandeur.

``She wants $10,000 a movie. She keeps telling me she’s a superstar. She wants a limo to pick her up for work and take her home,″ said her agent, Jim South.

``This is asinine ... If she had been ripped off, I would be the one calling you. She has not been ripped off.″

Mark Kulkis, managing editor of Adult Video News, known as ``the Variety of porn,″ said Ms. Valdes is far from being a star.

``She’s kind of a B-list girl,″ Kulkis said.

Last month, Ms. Valdes filed the complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. She contends that the guild, which represents more than 90,000 Hollywood performers, discriminated against her by refusing to accept her membership.

She admits the complaint was filed over money. Ms. Valdes wants royalties, known as residuals, from cable showings of her movies, and higher pay.

``I have done such hard work,″ Ms. Valdes said. ``Then I realized that I had no money.″

Standardized pay and residuals guarantees are part of the guild’s collective bargaining agreements.

But the porn industry is fed by independent producers who aren’t signatories of the Screen Actors Guild. They often pay in cash _ from a few hundred dollars to thousands _ film in people’s homes and offer no employment benefits. Many actors sign releases after they’re paid, relinquishing all rights to their on-screen work.

Guild membership is limited to performers working on productions covered by a union contract.

An NLRB lawyer interviewed Ms. Valdes by phone Thursday. Agency spokesman Sidney Rosen said her allegations will be investigated within 45 days.

Guild spokeswoman Katherine Moore declined comment while the investigation was ongoing.

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