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Design Star Contestant Suspended From Job Amid Porn Allegations

January 23, 2009 05:00 PM by Paulene Hinds

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Michael Verdugo, the California cop who has become well known for his appearance on the reality TV show Design Star, has been suspended from duty after it was alleged he starred in a porn film five years before he joined the force. He has been put on administrative leave with pay by the Hollywood Police Department after reports he starred in a porn film called Rope Rituals in 1996.

Michael Verdugo’s lawyer, Al Milian, refused to comment whether the allegations against Michael Verdugo are true or not, but stated, “He’s a great cop with a distinguished record of serving this community for many years. I think every police officer during their career are subject to investigations. The overwhelming number of allegations are always found to be unfounded.”

Al Milian ended his statement by saying, “I think when you have a certain lifestyle in the 21st century, you’re always going to be subject to heightened scrutiny.”

Michael Verdugo’s creative sideas the decorator and home stager who loved to talk about fabric, cabinetry and which floor plans help sell a house made him a strong contender on the reality TV show Design Star in 2008. Unfortunately, Jennifer Bertrand took home the HGTV Design Star 3 crown. As the winner, Jennifer Bertrandreceived a contract for her very own show on HGTV, which will premiere in January, 2009.

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