WOMAN ON `CRUSH' VIDEO SAYS SHE NEEDED THE CASH.Byline: Bill Hetherman Staff Writer
Her pedicured feet played a starring role in video sequences that zoom in as a mouse with its tail taped down is stomped to death.
Even veteran judges and police officers have been repulsed by the ``crush'' video.
But Aileen Chaffin of Valinda says she has loved animals all her life and agreed to appear in the film only because she needed cash.
``Let's get this straight, I'm not a porn star,'' said Chaffin, who pleaded no contest Nov. 8 to three felony counts of animal cruelty. ``It was a lack of judgment and I was swayed into it.''
The 35-year-old Chaffin, now on probation for three years, was interviewed for the first time last week at the Pomona office of her attorney, Antonio J. Bestard.
Dressed in a pinstriped pin·stripe also pin stripe
1. A very thin stripe, especially on a fabric.
a. A fabric with very thin stripes, often used for suits.
b. A suit made of such fabric. Often used in the plural. suit, Chaffin said her second marriage was on the rocks and she had to find a way to pay her bills. So she turned to crush videos and agreed to tape one, allegedly with photographer Gary Lynn Thomason.
``I've loved animals all my life,'' Chaffin said. ``But I was also at a low ebb in my life.''
She said she was raised in a middle-class Rowland Heights home by a father who taught school and a mother who was a nurse. The family regularly worshiped at a Lutheran church.
Chaffin said she hated every minute of making the crush video shot at her parents' home in May while they were on vacation. Despite her comments on tape suggesting she enjoyed the feel of stomping one mouse while barefoot, she said she forced herself to endure it.
Chaffin's statements of remorse Remorse
See also Regret.
Ayenbite of Inwit (Remorse of Conscience)
Middle English version of medieval moral treatise, c. 1340. [Br. Lit. are a far cry from what Long Beach police heard when they first watched her videotape, ``The Tails of Charlie's Ankles,'' after seizing it from Thomason's Anaheim home this summer.
``You're a goner gon·er
One that is ruined or doomed.
Slang a person who is about to die or who is beyond help
, baby,'' the husky-voiced Chaffin told a mouse whose tail was taped to a concrete walkway walkway Rehabilitation medicine An instrument used to measure the timing of foot contact and or position of the foot on the ground before she drove her heel into its mid-section. ``Another one bites the dust.''
She said she made her first contacts with the crush-video scene through the Internet on a friend's computer and others at the La Habra La Habra (lə hăb`rə), city (1990 pop. 51,266), Orange co., S Calif.; inc. 1925. A suburb of Los Angeles, La Habra was settled in the 1860s by Basque sheepherders. branch of the Orange County Public Library The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) is a network of community libraries in Orange County, California. With 33 branches covering the county from the Pacific Coast to the inland canyons of Southern California, Orange County Public Library serves a diverse population of over 1. .
Chaffin's online chats with men with foot fetishes in March eventually got her introduced to Thomason, she said.
Chaffin said Thomason promised her they'd split the $80 profit he expected from each video sale. But she said she never was paid because Thomason told her none of the videos sold.
Thomason's lawyer, Arthur P. Lindars, said Friday that Thomason told Chaffin the truth.
Uncertain whether part of the videos' appeal is sexual gratification GRATIFICATION. A reward given voluntarily for some service or benefit rendered, without being requested so to do, either expressly or by implication. , Chaffin acknowledged she deliberately dressed in short pants for the taping. But she said it also was a warm day.
Long Beach police Detective Mark Bigel said he and other vice squad vice squad
A police division charged with enforcement of laws dealing with various forms of vice, such as gambling and prostitution.
Noun detectives don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. the names of the dozen or so women appearing in four bags of other crush videos they seized. The videos show the women from the waist down.
``The only thing different about this Chaffin woman is that she basically got on and introduced herself as the tape started,'' Bigel said.
Bigel doesn't believe Chaffin or any of the others making such videos are rolling in cash.
``I think the motivation in their minds is that they are going to be making money, but I also think the directors just get (sexually satisfied) watching this,'' Bigel said. ``And it doesn't take a Scorcese-type to direct them.''
Thomason, free on $30,000 bail, awaits trial on the same three charges and faces up to four years in prison if convicted, Deputy District Attorney Manuel Garcia Manuel Garcia can refer to:
As for Chaffin, she has reconciled with her husband, James. She said she wants to become a teacher if her felony record doesn't stop a school district from hiring her. She said she will move away from Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, once her probation is over.
Chaffin said she has learned from her mistakes and will join those who favor more limits on animal abuse.
``If anything good has come from this, there is now a new law and I hope there will be even more legislation to protect animals,'' she said.