Peter Acworth, CEO of, Arrested for Cocaine Possession

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SF Armory

Update 12:30 p.m. has released an official statement about the charges against its CEO, Peter Acworth.

In response to recent news: last week, Peter Acworth was accused of possession of a controlled substance for personal use. No allegations of discharging guns were filed.

"I am proud of what we do at", said Peter Acworth, "we employ 130 people and have worked hard to create beneficial change in the neighborhood. While this current attention is regrettable, we will continue our endeavors to be positive contributors to the neighborhood and city of San Francisco."

"This is a business that Peter has run for over fifteen years without incident," said Michael Stepanian, attorney for Peter Acworth. "There were no gun charges at all. This charge amounts to $60 dollars worth. It will be handled as quickly and expeditiously as possible."


Peter Acworth, CEO of our neighborhood BDSM porn production company, was arrested Feb. 1 on charges of cocaine possession and delaying a police officer. Police visited the Armory,'s Mission District fortress, after a video surfaced on Facebook depicting Acworth and others firing guns in the building's basement. Upon their arrival, however, the cops discovered the drugs, and Acworth as well as another man, Joshua Carlberg, were charged (Carlberg was not charged with drug possession, only delaying a police officer).

Officer Albie Esparza of the SFPD told Gawker, "Someone posted a video online and this person reported it to the police, and they located an indoor shooting range, sort of a makeshift." Although Gawker speculated that the video was pornographic in nature, it appears to just depict a few guys having fun with firearms in screenshots obtained by SF Weekly.

Take a look and judge for yourself:

The arrests come just one month after James Franco premiered his documentary about at the Sundance Film Festival. Just before the film's debut, Acworth penned an editorial for the Huffington Post. In it, he wrote, "[The documentary] will be controversial, but I hope that it starts a conversation about sex and sexuality that goes beyond the walls of the Armory."

Well, the conversation has certainly started, but we'd guess there were some topics Acworth expected to stay behind the Armory walls.

Although Acworth and's ethical standards typically maintain a good reputation for the company, these arrests come on the heels of another notable Kink scandal. Last summer, Acworth ran afoul of his cam girls when their wages were switched from salary to commission-only. One performer tried to organize her fellow cam girls to keep their original income and was promptly fired, an unusual move for a company that prides itself on its fastidious models' bill of rights.

However, Acworth has always prided himself on transparency. offers weekly tours of their porn studio, and will host the Anarchist Book Fair next month.

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I started working at Acworth's so-called 'porn palace' in September 2006. My first week there, Mr. Acworth weird behavior was explained with "he was hitting the powder this weekend". At the first Armory party, I was offered cocaine (I refused). The day that I was laid off, along with more than a dozen others, I heard that night from several people, independent of one another, that the cocaine was on tap that night. So I must say, cocaine abuse bookends my experience there at the very least, regardless of any other stories I may have to tell.


I am Brenn Wyson former kink gay porn star. What I can say? What goes on behind closed doors is a lot a sex abuse in way of transmitting HIV, HEP and whatever STD will snake there way in the the doors of The stars working at, making money will never disclose their bad behavior and the porn stars they throw to the trash. The drugs the lies the penis injections, which is against the law in San Fran to give to a porn star. But the are sure willing to stick your genitals to get the job done. I know what goes on behind closed doors and its sick, unsafe and your life is one the line. Trust me will talk shit about you If you have a mouth to speak. I know because It happened to me. Its has taken me a long time to get my real career back and make an honest living. You never want to become a porn star because all the main porn companies will lie to you. Now I have to deal with Hep C, As a boxer this has been a damper on my life. I'm still a fighter and have recreated my life. Hopefully I can redirect others into stepping on the devils tale in the palace of porn.

Thank you,

Brenn Wyson. Broward Boxing.


Please correct this story:
Delaying Arrest is not a real charge. The charge is called Delaying a Police Officer.

Also, please note, Joshua Carlberg was not "hauled off to jail" nor was he involved in any drug-related crime, he was merely cited and released for Delaying a Police Officer. 

John Lilly
John Lilly

Further perparuating the negative public stereotypes of the porn industry. Nice going.


' Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus [ Caligula ] '. Total libertine nihilist.

Decadence = death ; not chocolate ! A Maoist styled  ' cleansing ' is needed soon , in

San Francisco...

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