Victor Salva

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Background

Wikipedia

Victor Ronald Salva (born March 29, 1958) is an American film director. He is best known for directing the films Powder (1995) and Jeepers Creepers (2001). The latter of these has been expanded into a franchise with two sequels that he has also directed.

His ongoing career in filmmaking became controversial after his conviction in 1988 for charges relating to his sexual molestation of a 12-year-old actor who was starring in one of his films, videotaping himself in the act of doing so, and possessing commercial videotapes and magazines containing child pornography.

Child molesting and child pornography

In 1988, Salva was convicted of sexual misconduct with one of Clownhouse's underage stars – a 12-year-old boy – including videotaping one of the encounters. Commercial videotapes and magazines containing child pornography were also found at his home. Salva pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious conduct, oral sex with a person under 14, and procuring a child for pornography. He was sentenced to three years in state prison, of which he served 15 months. He completed his parole in 1992.

Relationship to #Pizzagate

Connection to Francis Ford Coppola

As discussed further below, Victor Salva filmed Clownhouse with financing and other assistance from Francis Ford Coppola. During production, which took place in part at Coppola's home, Salva molested actor Nathan Winters, for which Salva would be later convicted.

From the Wikipedia article on Clownhouse

Production

Impressed by Salva's 1986 short film Something in the Basement, Francis Ford Coppola gave him $250,000 to make Clownhouse. To shoot the movie, Coppola gave Salva the same cameras George Lucas had used to make American Graffiti (1973). The film was made, in part, at Coppola's home in Napa Valley.

Controversy

In 1988, director Victor Salva was convicted of the sexual abuse of Nathan Forrest Winters, the 12-year-old lead actor who played Casey, during production – including videotaping one of the encounters. Commercial videotapes and magazines containing child pornography were also found at his home.

Additional Sources

From the Los Angeles Times article, Disney Movie's Director a Convicted Child Molester: Hollywood: He says, 'I paid for my mistakes dearly,' but victim of incident several years ago urges boycott of 'Powder.' by Robert W. Welkos, published on October 25, 1995: [1]

Nathan Winters later acted in two of Salva's films, a 35-minute video called "Something in the Basement" and "Clownhouse."

"Clownhouse" was funded by Academy Award-winning director Francis Ford Coppola, who has made films such as "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now." The director had been impressed with Salva's amateur films.

Asked to comment on the latest controversy involving Salva, Coppola issued a statement that read: "Victor is a talented young director."

It was during the filming of "Clownhouse," Rebecca Winters said, that she began to suspect something was wrong.

"Victor said I couldn't go to the set," she recalled. "He said Nathan couldn't work if I was there. I just had these feelings. I confronted Nathan and he admitted it to me, he said, 'I have a secret and I can't tell anyone.' "

Additional Source: Salon.com [2]