'Bumfights' producers throw in the towel
The makers of the cult favorite "Bumfights" videos have agreed not to make any more of the videos and will pay damages to three men who said they were plied with alcohol and drugs to get them to perform dangerous and degrading stunts.
The filmmakers agreed to those terms to settle a lawsuit by Rufus Hannah, Donald Brennan and Peter LaForte, who are featured in the videos.
"The moral of the story is don't take advantage of handicapped, disabled or homeless people," said Santa Monica attorney Mark T. Quigley, who represented the three. "It's the wrong thing to do."
The settlement may make it more difficult for fans of cruelty-tinged humor to find the videos. But pirated versions of the three videos — "Bumfights: Cause for Concern," "Bumfights 2" and "Bumfights 3: The Felony Footage" — are readily available on the Internet and at stores. Those versions are not affected by the settlement. (No, I'm not giving you a link!)
The financial settlement is confidential but apparently involves more than $300,000, with some of the money coming from an insurance policy carried by the family of one of the filmmakers.
Read the Los Angeles Times story here.