She also claimed that Traynor threatened to kill her, brandishing handguns and rifles to control her. In , she testified before the Meese Commission , "Virtually every time someone watches that movie, they're watching me being raped.
In the documentary Inside Deep Throat, it is claimed that bruises are visible on Boreman's body in the movie. These allegations were cited in the UK Government's Rapid Evidence Assessment on "The evidence of harm to adults relating to exposure to extreme pornographic material"  as part of its plans to criminalize possession of what it termed " extreme pornography ".
Obscenity litigation[ edit ] In various United States communities, the movie was shown to juries to determine whether it was obscene ; the outcomes varied widely and the movie was banned in numerous locations. In August , after a jury in New York had found the movie not to be obscene, prosecutors decided to charge Mature Enterprises, the company that owned the World Theater, for promotion of obscene material, taking them to trial in December. Tyler ruled Deep Throat to be obscene, issuing his opinion on the film as "this feast of carrion and squalor", "a nadir of decadence" and "a Sodom and Gomorrah gone wild before the fire".
Damiano and Lovelace were granted immunity in exchange for testimony. Wellford was the Federal District Court judge who heard the case. The trials ended in convictions. This was the first time that an actor had been prosecuted by the federal government on obscenity charges Lenny Bruce had been prosecuted in the s by local authorities.
On appeal, he was represented by Alan Dershowitz , and his conviction was overturned: The Perainos and some other major players connected to organized crime received short prison sentences.
In , while in Las Vegas for an obscenity trial, Louis Peraino met and befriended Raymond and Treasure Pistol, local adult club owners, and sold the Pistols the rights to his entire library, including Deep Throat. In the UK, the movie was banned upon release, and the ban was upheld by the courts 10 years later. The uncut DVD of the movie was finally given an R18 rating in , which allowed it to be sold in licensed sex shops in the UK.
Because Peraino had used four wall distribution for all of Deep Throat's releases, that left the potential for the film to be classified as an unpublished work, preventing it from falling into the public domain. Peraino sold the rights to the film to Arrow Productions for home video release including a copyright notice at some point prior to In the former case, Debbie Does Dallas was determined to be public domain in a court ruling.
Although the film aired after 10 p. The Minister of Education and Media, Ronald Plasterk , declared that he could not and did not want to forbid the airing of the film.