Tenn. trooper suspended over porn star claims
The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A porn star claims a state trooper who stopped her on a highway let drug charges slide in exchange for oral sex. And she says she's got proof -- the trooper's own video images of the roadside tryst. The allegations have led to a Tennessee Highway Patrol investigation and the trooper's suspension.
The trooper, James Randy Moss, declined to comment Tuesday. Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning confirmed investigators have interviewed the porn star, who is identified on a citation by her real name, Justis Richert.
Richert, 21, who lives in Knoxville, did not immediately respond Tuesday to messages left on her cell phone or e-mail requests for an interview.
But on her blog, written under the screen name ''Barbie Cummings,'' she goes into explicit detail about the encounter. She says she has photos and video footage of the encounter sent to her by the trooper, as well as a speeding ticket, to back up her story.
The blog had been taken down by Tuesday afternoon, with a note saying the Web site was under construction.
Moss stopped Richert's pink Honda Accord for speeding outside Nashville on May 7, according to the citation.
Cummings wrote that when the officer, whom she does not name, asked her if she had drugs in the car, she admitted to having some ''happy pills.''
''I sometimes have these pills as I may take one or two before going to a club,'' Cummings wrote in an entry dated May 7. ''It was a small amount of pills, nothing major.''
Moss' citation does not mention finding any illegal narcotics in the car.
When the officer told her a drug charge would mean she could not leave the state, Cummings replied that would be a problem because she frequently travels from Tennessee to Los Angeles for her work.
''I tell him I make dirty movies,'' Cummings wrote. ''He says he wished he had gotten into that industry.''
The pair then watched sex videos from her Web site using Moss' laptop computer in his patrol car, she wrote. He took the pills and scattered them in the brush beside the highway.
''Then he asks me, what does it cost for someone like me to get anything like you,'' she wrote.
She describes performing oral sex on the officer outside his car in a secluded area. Photos that appear to be video stills she said he took during the incident and posted on her blog show her face but nothing that identifies the man as a trooper.
Browning said he could not confirm whether Richert gave the Highway Patrol pictures or video, but he said Moss did have a video camera in his car.
Cummings blames the officer for making trouble for himself.
''This police officer went ahead and told (all) of his co-workers, other police officers, and was bragging about it,'' she wrote. ''He isn't in trouble because of the act itself, but that he chose to let it happen while he was on duty. There was no bribing, no (coercing) or convincing.''