An entertainment industry executive has resigned after sexually explicit photos of him and a porn star were published and a work-related sexual harassment suit was filed, reports The Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood Reporter.
Richard Nanula has resigned as chairman of Miramax and as a partner in the private equity firm Colony Capital, a co-owner of the independent movie producer. Nanula was once chief financial officer of the Walt Disney Co and was believed to be one of the most powerful Black movie executives in Hollywood.
Nanula, who was once chief financial officer of the Walt Disney Co., has recently been linked to a growing sex scandal. It began when pictures were published about three weeks ago on the website The Dirty (and later elsewhere) of a man believed to be Nanula playing the male lead in a porn movie with adult-film actress Samantha Saint.
This comes only a week after revelations that Nanula was sued in a sex harassment suit filed against him personally and against Colony Capital on Jan. 30. The suit was filed in L.A. Superior Court by Stephanie Shaw, who says she started as a temp at Colony Capital in February 2011. She was made a permanent employee in June and then the following Jan. 30, she says she was groped and sexually harassed by a male employee.
Nanula was her supervisor, and she charges he did not help her and that after she went public with her complaint, Nanula created a hostile work environment and is to blame for what she calls her wrongful termination.
One of Colony Capital’s largest investors is reportedly Qatar Holding, the sovereign wealth fund of the ridiculously wealthy Persian Gulf emirate. One can imagine this scandal is not welcome news in the deeply conservative Islamic state.
More xxx-rated drama surrounds the movie exec: Nanula "was accused by his ex-wife in a divorce declaration of spending thousands on prostitutes," reported the New York Post. "A decade ago he had entered a six-day sex-addiction therapy program, his wife Tracey Nanula alleged in divorce papers. Nanula said at the time he was 'cured' by completing the program, the papers reflect."
Apparently not. At least now Richard Nanula will have more time to pursue his passions.