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"Ex-bondage model forced to drop out of university after professor pressured her for kinky photos: suit "

on Thursday, 08 May 2014. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Former Portland State University student Whitney Orlando has filed a $1 million lawsuit against her former professor Marcia Klotz, who Orlando claims forced her to drop out over pressure for sexual photos and information on sensitive topics.

The Daily News

BY Nina Golgowski

A former bondage model claims her academic career was derailed by a university professor's twisted fixation on her past.

Former Portland State University student Whitney Orlando has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the university and former professor Marcia Klotz, who Orlando claims forced her to drop out over pressure for sexual photos and information on sensitive topics.

The former student is seeking damages from the loss of her education and stress that left her hospitalized, the suit obtained by OregonLive.com reads.

Orlando, who allegedly met Klotz during a seminar in 2009, claims the former PSU professor developed an unhealthy obsession with her past modeling and the sexual abuse she sustained as a child.

The two allegedly first exchanged emails harmlessly, discussing material associated with Klotz' seminar and Orlando revealing her former work as a bondage pornography model.

Because of Klotz's interest in the subject, Orlando admits that she sent her several "non-explicit photographs of her head and face taken during (her) most recent modeling shoot."

Klotz allegedly complimented her on the photos and expressed interest in attending any future modeling sessions she may have.

Between October 2009 and December 2012 they exchanged more than 200 electronic messages discussing everything from course material, sexual topics and their increasing relationship.

"Klotz's interest and participation in plaintiff's sexual life during this time blurred professional and personal boundaries between herself and plaintiff," the lawsuit claims.

Eventually the photos Orlando sent to Klotz showed her nude or in sexually explicit poses. But Klotz allegedly wanted more.

That's around when Orlando revealed that she had been sexually abused by a school instructor at age 13.

Rather than put an end to their relationship — which already went beyond the school's limits — Klotz allegedly wanted more.

"Klotz admitted to finding plaintiff's earlier sexual abuse erotic, and expressed an interest in replicating aspects of that abuse with plaintiff in a (bondage and discipline, sadism and masochism) context."

Klotz also allegedly revealed her "submissive" husband's own sexual abuse by his father and how they reenact it.

January 2010 is when things allegedly began to snap.

According to her lawsuit, Klotz recommended Orlando for the university's McNair Scholars Program while encouraging her to select a topic for her paper related to sexual abuse of children that would incorporate her own abuse.

Orlando obliged. She dug into the trial court's case file against her former middle school teacher, and reviewed details of the trial she had never seen before.

The stress of the experience left her physically ill and hospitalized her for an irregular heartbeat.

She wrote Orlando informing her of her plans to change the subject of her paper, which Klotz allegedly rejected.

"Instead, Klotz recommended that plaintiff complete research on resources available to women in the Portland area who are leaving sex work or on her original topic," according to her suit.

Orlando instead chose an entirely different topic and once her paper was finished, Klotz accused it of not meeting the program's requirements and also of being plagiarized. ...

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