It seems kind of crazy that before he even goes on trial, Jarec Wentworth a.k.a. Teofil Brank (above left) would reach out to a porn blog and tell his entire side of the story, potentially further incriminating himself.
But that appears to be what has happened.
Jarec appears to have written to Str8UpGayPorn.com over the weekend to tell his whole side of the story, confirming the identity of alleged extortion victim Donald Burns (above right), and going further to suggest that some innocent gifts and “hush money” have now been mischaracterized as blackmail.
He says that he and Burns go back about two years, and that he and possibly another (former) Sean Cody model had been paid multiple times to have group sex with Burns. In his version of events, Donald Burns was paying him willingly, and the money he received was never extorted. And, according to Jarec, Burns offered him the Audi freely and without ever being threatened.
Next, Jarec says that Burns went so far as to “beg” him to take the $1,000,000, which of course completely contradicts the FBI’s version of events. Jarec also writes that he feared for his safety (which, if you believe him, would explain why he had his associate bring a loaded gun to the scene of his arrest), and that the FBI edited his text messages as part of a larger government effort to frame him and protect Burns:
Whether or not you fully believe Brank’s conspiracy theory, this next portion does raise questions about the kinds of protections and privileges that the very wealthy are afforded.
Given that Donald Burns was able to get the FBI involved and arranging a dramatic sting operation all in less than 24 hours of first contacting them, it would appear that he had some pull with someone. Was it his money? His lawyers? A special friendship with someone in the government? Even in the FBI’s own affidavit, Jarec never made any threats of physical violence against Burns. Is it routine for the FBI to go to such quick and elaborate lengths to help someone who was never in any physical danger?
Jarec/Teofil has had his name misspelled in the inmate locator system for more than two weeks. Typos do happen, but could Jarec be on to something? Could the government really be trying to make him hard to find in order to protect Donald Burns? Then again, giving him access to email means they can’t be trying too hard.
It’s hard to have sympathy for Jarec, and it’s especially hard to believe this final portion given his size and appearance, as compared to Donald Burns. Jarec ends his email with the shocking claim that Donald Burns raped him, and that any money exchanged between them was “hush money,” not extortion:
If Jarec is telling the truth and Donald Burns did rape him, that might at least partially explain what Jarec was threatening to “expose” about Burns in the alleged extortion scheme. Will the other porn star who came into the room and “pushed Don off” of Jarec testify? And even if he did, how would that help Jarec fight the extortion charge?
And it seems he thinks he’s got nothing to lose right now by speaking out, with the deck stacked against him with Burns’ powerful legal team. And that may very well be true.
As of last week, Jarec was denied bail. His trial date has not yet been set.