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Complaint filed against Porno Pete over 'ex-gay' video

Oh my. Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out has filed a complaint with the Illinois attorney general, Lisa Madigan, against full-time undercover homosexuality investigator LaBarbera’s outfit Americans For Truth (Against Homosexuality).

The complaint charges that AFTAH is selling a misleading, fraudulent video, “It’s Not Gay” which features failed former homosexual Michael Johnston extolling the virtues of “leaving homosexuality” and calls for the Peter to issue a written apology and provide refunds, and to pull the video from its online store.

“Nowhere does Americans for Truth inform potential viewers that Johnston’s `cure’ did not endure,” wrote Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen in the letter to Madigan. “This organization is undeniably peddling false hope to vulnerable and desperate people and bilking them out of their hard earned money. In doing so, Americans for Truth is unscrupulously capitalizing on the sincere and heartfelt religious convictions of its followers and exploiting them for the organization’s financial gain.”

Johnston was definitely not a former homo — he was caught on tape having unprotected sex with several men — and he’s HIV+ —  but LaBarbera knew all about it and is still selling the tape. From Wayne’s letter:

How can Johnston continue to be presented as a “former homosexual”? The word “former” clearly implies that he has ceased all homosexual activity prior to filming “It’s Not Gay.” However, abundant homosexual activity on the part of Johnston had occurred after the video was released. This makes LaBarbera guilty of deceptive advertising and duping unsuspecting consumers who are led to believe that Johnston had miraculously changed sexual orientations.

It is in the state’s best interest to expeditiously pull this fraudulent video replete with bogus claims and outright fabrications from the marketplace. Truth Wins Out also urges the state to require a written apology from LaBarbera that he must post prominently on his website and that refunds be offered to dissatisfied consumers.

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