Adult performer Michelle Avanti blows the whistle on Shelley Lubben's Pink Cross Foundation scam

Interview and video by Michael Whiteacre
Director of photography: Alex Shebanow

Ex-porn star Michelle Avanti reveals what it's REALLY like inside the Pink Cross Foundation -- and why she needed recovery from her involvement in Shelley Lubben's so-called "recovery organization."

Pink Cross Foundation's now shuttered "recovery" program featured NO licensed staff, and no real resources. The drinking of alcohol and use (or abuse) or prescription medications was permitted (and allegedly encouraged) within the walls of the "Recovery Home", and both men and women lived under the same roof in this supposed Christian recovery program.

Interview by Michael Whiteacre

Lubben Family Values

It never gets old with Shelley Lubben. The latest is her “look how great my family is / give me money” Christmas letter to her inner circle.
When you read it, it’s hard to tell it was written by a alleged felon/scam artist who preys on Christian people and leads a double life as a porn loving anti porner with a pill and booze problem.
My favorite part of this boastful, downright bizarre, 2012 holiday letter is where Shelley Lubben of Pink Cross Foundation talks about taking her 12 to 13 year old 8th grader and her school friends toilet papering…
“We believe XXXXXXXX’s favorite time with friends is when they spend the night and they make Mommy take them toilet papering”
I know what you’re thinking – Sean, it’s only toilet papering. For the most part, I agree. When I was in high school I toilet papered houses all the time. Of course I didn’t take my 8th grade brother with me and I wasn’t a Christian Crusader using my holier than thou shtick to scam people out of cash. Oh, and I was never accused of defacing private property by two eye witnesses, either…

So here we have Dr. Shelley Lubben (LOL) not only teaching her kid that vandalism is cool, but brainwashing little Suzy from next door as well. Now I don’t know about you, but before the neighbors take my kids out to commit property crimes, I like the courtesy “Hey, Sean, I’m taking your kids over to the Vivid building for some quality crime time” phone call.
I’m sure Shelley Lubben loves her kids. Below is Mrs. Lubben teaching her kids about human anatomy, with Professor Ronald Jeremy assisting.

Clearly, Lubben is getting her clavicle signed. If it wasn’t her clavicle it would be considered lying and I’m sure Lubben would never lie to her children. That wouldn’t be very Christian-y.
Did I ever tell you about the time I took my kids to AEE to meet porn stars? No? Yea probably because it would never happen.
Anti porner and all around great mom Shelley Lubben thinks it's ok to bring minors to porn events. She took her kids to “Porn Stars for Puppies.” Now, granted my expertise lies elsewhere, but I think if you take your kids to an event called “Porn stars for Puppies,” they may run into porn stars.
I will leave you with a great video by Jordan Owen on Shelley Lubben: Family Values Advocate


Shelley Lubben: Accidentally a Whole Self-Published Memoir

Video by Jordan Owen

Eyewitness: Shelley Lubben Vandalized Vivid Entertainment HQ

According to an eyewitness, in May of last year, Shelley Lubben of the scandal-plagued  anti-porn group Pink Cross Foundation vandalized the sign outside of Vivid Entertainment headquarters while drunk and high on prescription pills.
Tania Fiolleau of the Vancouver-based Save the Women Ministry recently emailed a letter to Vivid, explaining that in May 2012, following a dinner with the other keynote speakers for the Preventing Abuse Foundation , she saw Lubben vandalize the sign. In her letter to Vivid Entertainment, Fiolleau wrote:
I got a ride [to the dinner] with Shelley Lubben and this was the first time I met her. After the dinner, she was giving me a ride back to the hotel with her assistant. She stopped by [a] fast food place and grabbed paper toilet seat covers, katsup and mustard packets and other stuff. She then pulled over and vandalized your sign.
According to Fiolleau, Lubben was laughing about her vandalism as Fiolleau sat in the back seat of Lubben’s Suburban in shock:
I was praying for her to stop and I was very upset she was doing this and she justified it by saying you guys destroy young girls lives. She painted your sign with lipstick and other stuff like catsup, paper etc and went to town on it and then took multiple photos of her posing in front of it sticking up the middle finger. I told her she was breaking the law and that she should be a good example if she wants to win people to the Lord instead of make enemies and ruin the sign….
I interviewed her once for my show but I took her videos down as I do not endorse her at all. Although I am against porn, I never judge nor 
would I ever slam the industry or the people like she does. It’s wrong and I love everybody. We are all equal.
A recent TMZ video of Vivid’s Steve Hirsch speaking in front of the sign clearly shows the remnants of the vandalism – including the words “Love Shelley”  
Shelley Lubben Of The Pink Cross Commits Another Crime
Steve Hirsh, with Shelley Lubbens Graffiti behind him
According to Fiolleau, she was fearful of speaking out because she has learned how vindictive Lubben can be and didn’t “want any wicked backlashes from Shelley. I feel she is very dangerous…. I’ve experienced bullying from her when I confront her on her behavior and I simply believe that she is a bad representation of Christianity.”
I just thought Steve might want to know it was her that did this terrible act. I never said anything because I was afraid she would retaliate and try to destroy me publicly, but I just had it on my heart so much that you guys need to be careful of her.
Over the last two years, Lubben has come under heavy criticism, most notably from adult performers such as Savannah Jane,  who claim Lubben exploited them for her own profit, then retaliated against them when they dared speak out.
Yesterday, Fiolleau added on Facebook,
I witnessed Shelley get feeling good on wine last year and taking prescription drugs then vandalize the sign of Vivid and break the law as she destroyed it. She then posed seductively in the photos of her after she destroyed it and took several photos of [her] giving the middle finger. When I tried to speak into her life, with love she said that the owner of Vivid deserved it because he’s a pornographer. When I explained to her that true agape live would have a better chance I’d drawing him to repentance and win him to Christ rather than attacking him and being a bad example, her pride reared its head and she became VERY nasty when I confronted her.
Pink Cross Founder and Future Felon Shelley Lubben
Pink Cross Founder and Future Felon Shelley Lubben
This morning, Marci Hirsch personally examined the sign, confirming that the words “Love Shelley” remain legible on it. Hirsch also confirmed that the date of the vandalism was “about a year ago,” that “fast food trash” was found on the site, and that “the sign will have to be re-painted” at Vivid’s expense because of the crayon lipstick that remains lodged in its surface. If the cleaning and re-painting costs should top $400, Lubben may have committed a felony.
In California, the elements of the crime of California vandalism are:
1. that a person maliciously “defaced with graffiti or other inscribed material”
(meaning “any unauthorized inscription, word, figure, mark, or design that is written, marked, etched, scratched, drawn or painted on real or personal property”), damaged, or destroyed property,
2. that the person did not own the property or owned it with someone else, and
3. that the amount of the defacement, damage, or destruction was either 
a. less than $400 in a misdemeanor prosecution, or
b. $400 or more in a felony prosecution.


The Devil and Shelley Lubben, episodes 1 - 4

"The Devil And Shelley Lubben" is a documentary exposé of radical anti-porn crusader Shelley Lubben of Pink Cross Foundation, narrated by Sam Phillips, and starring Nina Hartley, Julia Ann, Julie Meadows, Kayden Kross, Melissa Monet, Sierra Sinn, Savannah Jane, Sinnamon Love, Michelle Avanti, Taryn Thomas, Dave Cummings, Guy DiSilva, Danny Wylde, Jenni Case, Anna Span, Ernest Greene, Michael Whiteacre, Jessi Fischer, Jordan Owen, Raven Touchstone, Alana Evans, with the special participation of Garrett Lubben, and featuring Shelley Lubben as "The Rebel Prophet"

An addict, former prostitute, and star of a handful of long-forgotten porn videos from the 1990s, Lubben is now an anti-porn evangelist and self-described "Rebel Prophet."

Episode 1 deals with Shelley's childhood in suburban Southern California, her early life as a con artist and sex worker, and her claims that her relatively short time sidelining in the adult movie business was the direct and sole cause of her lifelong medical problems.

Episode 2 explores Lubben's claims about, and characterizations of, the adult film industry and the people who work in it.

The Devil And Shelley Lubben - episode 2... by MichaelWhiteacre

Episode 3: The story picks up in 1994 Los Angeles, with Lubben washing out of the porn industry, meeting and marrying a young drug dealer, and beginning her exodus from California. The documentary also explores "The Shelley Lubben Myth" -- the self-serving, fictionalized version of her life story that Lubben has created -- as well as her fabled "recovery."

The Devil and Shelley Lubben - Episode 3: Exodus by MichaelWhiteacre

Episode 4 of the documentary exposé of anti-porn fanatic Shelley Lubben and her sham non-profit organization, Pink Cross Foundation debunks another segment of "The Shelley Lubben Myth" -- her allegation that she and her infant were abandoned and neglected by her unloving parents --  through the examination and comparison of her ever-changing accounts of those years, as well as private correspondence, first-hand testimony, and photographic evidence.

Episodes 1 & 2: Written, produced and directed by Lydia Lee and Michael Whiteacre.
Episodes 3 & 4: Written, produced and directed by Michael Whiteacre.
Photographed by Michael Whiteacre and Alex Shebanow. Edited by Michael Whiteacre.


All interviews were shot exclusively for The Devil and Shelley Lubben.

All non-sourced quotations in the documentary derive from Lubben's autobiography, "Truth Behind The Fantasy Of Porn", as well as the following published accounts:

Shelley Lubben Shares Her Story

The views expressed in these videos comprising The Devil and Shelley Lubben are those of the individuals speaking, and are neither intended to be reflective of, not endorsed by, any entity with which the speaker may be, or may have been, affiliated. This video is not sponsored, endorsed by, or affiliated with, any person or entity depicted, quoted or referenced herein, other than its authors, nor with any other person or entity affiliated with any of them.

Garrett Lubben Unemployed; Can Shelley Afford the Mortgage?

It’s known in porn industry circles as a “suitcase pimp tuxedo” – a black t-shirt, True Religion jeans and slick shades. The tall man wearing this familiar ensemble who stepped up and introduced himself at a Hollywood porn event this past June was Garrett Lubben, husband of ex-prostitute and failed porn performer Shelley Lubben. For over a year and a half, I’d been Mrs. Lubben’s fiercest critic. Garrett Lubben was no fan of mine, either.

I informed Garrett that an exploration of the couple’s early “wild” years together would be included in the third episode of my documentary, ‘The Devil and Shelley Lubben,’ and he said something that startled me:
“I was a great drug dealer,” Lubben bragged, “and now I’m a great salesman.”
As The Monkees once reminded the world, that was then and this is now; great salesman or not, Garrett Lubben’s online LinkedIn profile now confirms reports that, in October 2012, Lubben was ‘let go’ by his long-time employer, and has been unemployed since.
Garrett had worked in medical device sales for Boston Scientific since late 2003, and last year he had boasted to a reporter that the couple was psyched about the European vacation they’d be taking as a result of Garrett being a top salesman. God had blessed them, the Lubbens proclaimed, for being faithful and dedicated servants who do His good work. It was with palpable pride that these flashy Champions for Christ displayed the indicia of what Joel Osteen and proponents of the Prosperity Gospel would call “favor” with the Lord — including jewelry, matching ‘his and hers’ SUVs, and a $480,000 home in Bakersfield with all new furnishings. In photo after photo, life’s finer fripperies sat well upon them.

Here is a snapshot of Boston Scientific's share price since the firing of Garrett Lubben:

It wasn’t all that long ago — back in July 2011, nearly one year before boasting to me of his sales prowess — that Gary and Shelley had moved into their McMansion, and re-christened their previous home in Bakersfield the “Pink Cross Recovery Home” for “victims” of porn. The future looked rosy, and the fact that they had no license, no training in psychology, psychiatry or addiction counseling, and no qualified staff constituted insufficient deterrent for God’s chosen champions.
Later that same momentous July, Boston Scientific, which had been struggling since its acquisition of heart stent manufacturer Guidant Corp in 2006, announced a round of job cuts. The timing could not have been worse, but ultimately the Lubbens surely breathed a sigh of relief when, after the corporate axe fell, Garrett still retained his job, as well as his six-figure salary. Somebody up there liked them after all.
Then August brought truly indigestible news: Shelley’s benefactor, Michael Weinstein of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), had kicked her and Pink Cross Foundation, the anti-porn group she and Garrett had founded in 2008, to the curb with a thud. Since joining up with AHF’s anti-porn crusade in 2009, Shelley’s endorsement by Weinstein’s well-financed organization had resulted in a boost to her credibility and ability to draw donors’ attention to her organization. Under Weinstein’s tutelage, wild-eyed Shelley almost passed for a reasonable spokesman for health and safety.
But Lubben’s disastrous appearance at a debate on pornography at Cambridge University in February 2011 (after which, according to Pink Cross insiders, Lubben spent time in a psychiatric ward), marked the beginning of a months-long downward spiral of PR missteps and what Weinstein termed “outrageous behavior” by Mrs. Lubben — such as being photographed having her breast autographed by porn star Ron Jeremy outside the toilet of a Burbank bar (after bidding $600 for a “date” with him) in April 2011, and being videotaped that summer praying in her backyard with a prophet’s 8-foot staff pointed at the sky.
Then, Shelley was publicly humiliated at a June 7th Cal/OSHA meeting in Los Angeles. Scores of adult performers, the group Lubben had long claimed as her constituency, turned up to shout her down and deride her, casting doubt upon all the claims and representations of AHF, which had endorsed her participation.
Weinstein recognized that Shelley was “a lightning rod for criticism,” and by August she had become more trouble than she was worth. Losing this association with AHF meant no more national press attention for Shelley and Pink Cross. It was a devastating blow, because the Lubbens’ Pink Cross fundraising efforts were dependent upon the broadest possible exposure.
By September 2011, things started to get even worse: the sole porn star in “recovery” at the Lubben house, Michelle Avanti, fled Bakersfield, and, in a video interview released the following month, charged abuse, exploitation and neglect by Shelley Lubben, whom she called a “con artist,” “manipulator” and “addict.” In the wake of the resultant negative publicity — compounded by a devastating YouTube video produced by Shelley’s own brother, posted on October 10th — and with no one actually “recovering” at their old house, the Lubbens decided to sell the property. Although they’d paid $300,000 for the house in 2004, and performed many thousands of dollars in renovations and improvements, the Lubbens listed the house for the bargain price of $189,000 on October 19th.
The house eventually sold in March 2012, and in April, Mrs. Lubben took to Facebook to attack her critics, whom she described as ‘enemies”:
“Some of you have been writing me to ask me if what my enemies say about me is true,” Shelley wrote. “I would lovingly advise you to look at the FRUIT. One thing my enemies have in common is that they have accomplished very little in life… Most if not all do not have a degree or even a steady job…. Examine the fruit my friends and you will know the truth!”
“Look at the FRUIT!” she commanded. “My enemies can’t hold a candle to all the Christ has done in my life.”
In other words, the proof that she was blessed, honorable and truthful, while her ‘enemies’ were accursed, evil and dishonest, lay in the fact that the Lubbens were prosperous.
Then, in August of this year, as if by karmic clockwork, Garrett’s employer announced a second round of cuts and restructuring, specifically targeting Boston Scientific’s cardiac divisions. Now, surely the Lord knows that the mortgage is due; does this turn of events mean that he has rescinded his blessing?
Does Garrett the breadwinner’s lack of employment explain why it took the Lubbens’ a month and a half to get the Pink Cross website repaired after it became infected with viruses?
At the end of June 2011, on the cusp of that glorious month when everything seemed to be going so right for the house of Lubben, outgoing Pink Cross team member April Garris was at an all-time low. “Not only was I financially destitute, getting kicked out of my home and about to lose my car,” she recalls at her blog, The Healing Diaries, “but I was struggling with severe depression, and the worst part – I was completely alone. Eight months earlier, I had packed up everything and basically dropped my whole life to move out to Bakersfield to work full-time for Pink Cross Foundation. By the end of my 8 months in Bakersfield, I was confused, hurt, and spiritually exhausted. What I was expecting to be an amazing experience serving God turned out to be a time of great distress, full of broken promises, spiritual confusion, heartache, and loneliness that I never would have imagined could be possible in ministry.”
Garris remembers that whenever she came to the Lubbens with her financial concerns, she would be told that she didn’t have enough faith. Shelley would remind her of “how God had blessed her and Garrett, and cited their great faith as reason for this.” Garrett and Shelley claimed they “were wealthy because they trusted God, and if we would just have faith, all of our needs would be met….”
Have faith, Mrs. Lubben. And when it comes to Garrett Lubben, look at the FRUIT!

When Gary Met Shelley: