Upstate New York district attorney admits to being former porn star

By Daniel S Levine,

Mark Suben, a district attorney in upstate New York, has adamantly denied that he starred in porn movies, but he finally came clean about his past on Friday.

CNY Central.com published a story early Friday about a video called “districtattorneypornstar3” that compared images of the Cortland County district attorney with that of a porn star from the 1970s. The video proved what Suben denied when he ran for re-election.

On Friday, Suben read a statement to the media, but refused to take any questions. “Recently materials have been circulated alleging that I was involved in the adult film industry 40 years ago in New York. Those allegations are true I was an actor in adult films for a short period in the early 70s,” he began. He stressed that he was a struggling actor who also appeared on TV and in ads.

He admitted that he tried to hide his past because he was “shocked and embarrassed to be confronted with this so many years later. I was embarrassed for my family and friends who stood by me.”

“I do not defend my bad judgment, both my involvement so many years ago and my denial recently,” he concluded. “I humbly apologize to all who have supported me and believed in me from the bottom of my heart. And finally I thank my family and friends for their love and support. Without them I would not be the man I have become”

While Suben has made no further comments, his spokeswoman told The AP that he will not resign, stressing that what he did was not illegal. “It has nothing to do with his law practice or his current position as the district attorney of Cortland County,” she said.

Suben had acted in a film called Angels in his own name, but IMDb connects him with the name Gus Thomas. That name appeared on several porn films in the 1970s, including Deep Throat Part 2, Doctor's Teenage Dilemma and The Love Witch.

Suben was first elected in 2008, then re-elected this month.

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