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How porn film was shot at L.A. Coliseum remains unclear

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The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was once a location for a pornographic video shoot, but just how a crew got permission to use the national historic landmark remains unclear.

The video, "The Gangbang Girl #32," was made in 2001 and released in 2002 and was filmed at the taxpayer-owned stadium at night, The Times' Paul Pringle and Ron Lin reported. The Coliseum's towering lights were blazing and its rows of distinctive red and white seats framed many of the scenes. The video also shows the stadium's signature tunnel, which the USC Trojan football team routinely charges out from before games, as well as a sliver of the iconic peristyle, the arched entrance to the Coliseum.

The hard-core porn movie featured 40 minutes of group sex on the gridiron turf, The Times has learned.

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Attempts to reach a representative of the production company, Anabolic Video, were unsuccessful.

The Coliseum is jointly run by the city, county and state, which owns the land. A spokesman for the California attorney general's office said Tuesday that he did not know if it is illegal to film porn on state property. Agencies such as the California Department of Parks and Recreation prohibit adult film shoots on properties they control.

Gaining access to the locked stadium and firing up the field lights typically require the approval of a high-ranking manager, according to people familiar with Coliseum operations, who requested anonymity because they are not allowed to speak publicly on the matter.

An attorney for the top Coliseum executive at the time the video was made said his client knew nothing about the production.

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Former General Manager Patrick Lynch resigned in early 2011 and was indicted in March of this year in a sweeping corruption case.

"That's disgusting," Lynch's attorney, Tony Capozzola, said of the shoot. "He would never allow that."

Lynch has pleaded guilty to conflict of interest in a deal that required him to return $385,000 in alleged kickbacks he received from a Coliseum contractor. Ex-events manager Todd DeStefano has pleaded not guilty to charges that include bribery, embezzlement and conspiracy. Four other men also have been indicted in the case.

The indictments followed more than a year of Times reports on Coliseum financial irregularities and lax oversight by its nine-member governing commission, which includes four elected officials. Managers were engaged in side deals with concert promoters and others who did business at the Coliseum. Executives spent tens of thousands of dollars in public funds on massages, golf tournaments, luxury cars and other perks.

The commission is now at the brink of insolvency and voted May 14 to surrender control of the stadium and companion Sports Arena to USC.

The plot of the movie, to the extent that it has one, revolves around a football team and a cheerleader.

"I was just in awe that we were at the Coliseum," said a star of the film, who goes by the name Mr. Marcus. "I've made movies for about 20 years and I've done a lot of things, but that one really stands out.… I mean, who gets to have sex on the Coliseum floor?"

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