The king of porn lived in a golden wheelchair

Larry Flint gave an interview in 2012. PHOTO: Reuters

Larry Flint made millions from “dirt”, Milos Forman immortalized him in a movie

Larry Flint, known as the King of Porn, who founded Husler magazine and turned it into an adult entertainment empire, has died at the age of 78, world news agencies reported. Flint was in poor health and died of heart failure at his home in the Hollywood Hills, said his nephew Jimmy Flint Jr. According to his relatives, he died in his sleep. “Larry was a rebel and a very complex person,” said the nephew.

From his start in business as the owner of a strip club in Ohio to his reign as the founder of one of the most famous adult magazines, Flint constantly opposed the established norms and became a target for religious and feminist groups, notes AP. His scandalous career lasted half a century. For some it is

an example of everything

most disgusting

in society,

for others, a symbol of a tireless struggle against censorship.

In addition to Hussler, the porn mogul owned a video production company, websites, a Los Angeles casino, 10 Hussler boutiques, and a strip club. He even became the protagonist of Milos Forman’s 1996 film The People vs. Larry Flint, starring Woody Harrelson.

Against the background of his financial success, Larry Flint’s life was marked by contradictions and tragedies. Shot in 1978, the rich man

paralyzed

from the waist down

and used a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The tycoon is battling drug and alcohol addiction, and his fourth and most beloved wife, Althea, has died from a heroin overdose. She is bisexual and after her death it became clear that she had AIDS.

One of his daughters, Lisa Flint-Fugate, died in a car accident in 2014 at the age of 47. He has been married 5 times and has 5 children. Another of his daughters, Laura Flint-Vega, accused him of sexual violence, which he denied, and formed a Coalition to Combat Pornography. In 2013, the porn publisher said he was in

bad relationship with

all your children

because they are greedy

just for his money

and none is interested in taking over the business.

Larry Flint was born in poverty in Kentucky on November 1, 1942. He did not finish school, but joined the army at the age of 15 after falsifying his baptismal certificate, the Daily Mail reports. He quit at the age of 22 and, with his $ 1,800 savings, bought a dilapidated bar in Dayton, Ohio. With the profit he bought a few more and made the first “Hasler” club with naked dancers. It was from the brochures of these strip clubs in 1974 that Husler magazine was born.

In 1975, it published nude photos of Jackie Kennedy-Onassis, which skyrocketed. The photos were bought for $ 18,000 by paparazzi stalking the former first lady on a beach in Greece, and Flint made millions from them. In its best years, the magazine’s sales exceeded 3 million copies. According to Reuters, at one point the annual turnover of Flint’s business reached $ 150 million. His personal fortune is estimated at over 100 million.

Flint hated himself not only because he published pornography, but also because he did it in a provocative way. Compared to his magazine “Pleboy”, it looked like a reading for noble virgins, write the American editions. He called himself a “dirt trader” and ridiculed the cult symbols of conservative America, such as Santa Claus.

Flint spent much of his life in courtrooms, where he was sent by outraged citizens. The most high-profile lawsuit against him was filed in 1983 by renowned TV preacher Jerry Folwell. Parodying his habit of referring to events in his sermons, Hasler magazine published a caricature in which the servant of God recounted his first sexual contact with his mother in the kindergarten toilet.

The case has been pending for 5 years. The evangelist asked the King of Porn for $ 50 million in damages, won in the first instance, but lost in the Supreme Court, where all eight judges voted to acquit Flint. The process is considered historic in terms of protecting the right to self-expression and the right to satire on public figures. In 1978

the neo-Nazi Joseph

Franklin fired

against Flint

on the steps of the court in the state of Georgia, where another case of obscenity is being heard. Severely wounded, Flint lost the mobility of his lower body forever. He orders a gold wheelchair upholstered in velvet. Franklin was later arrested, charged with 20 murders and 6 assassinations and executed in 2013.

Foreman’s film, in which the King of Porn becomes the main character, is dedicated to the conflict between individual freedoms and social harmony. Flint’s lawyer’s address to the jury became a symbol for freedom of speech advocates: “I don’t want you to like what Larry Flint is doing. I don’t like it myself. But I like living in a country where we can make our own decisions. (…) If we build walls around everything that seems indecent to us, walls can appear where we do not expect them. And then we will not be able to say or do anything. This will no longer be freedom, “said the film’s defender.

Larry Flint was one of Donald Trump’s famous opponents. In 2017, he announced a $ 10 million reward for materials that would lead to his impeachment.

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