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Martha’s Vineyard woman files suit alleging her home was used to film pornography

A woman from Martha’s Vineyard is suing a man she rented her seasonal home to, alleging that he allowed the residence to be used to shoot a “multitude’’ of scenes for pornographic movies that prominently featured her personal artwork as background props.

Leah Bassett, a longtime resident from the Aquinnah section of the island off Cape Cod, has sued Joshua Spafford, the man she says leased her home under false pretenses, as well as the production company Mile High Distribution, Inc., and its associates. Two entertainment companies that distribute pornography are also listed in the lawsuit.

According to court documents filed in US District Court this week, in September of 2014, Bassett was contacted by Spafford about moving into her Martha’s Vineyard home, which she built and designed with her father, for an “extended ‘winter’ rental.’’