Pornography tycoon and founder of Hustler magazine Larry Flynt, also a self-proclaimed free speech advocate, died on Wednesday at the age of 78 in Los Angeles after a cardiac arrest. The information is disseminated by several American media outlets, including The Washington Post, which cites Brother Jimmy Flynt. Larry Flynt died of cardiac arrest.
Flynt, who has been in a wheelchair – gilded – since an assassination in 1978 has always been a controversial figure. Just in 2013, when Joseph Paul Franklin, who shot the millionaire in the column, was about to be executed in Missouri, the tycoon appealed that it should not be done.
“I have every reason to be happy with it, but I am not,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in October this year, a month before Franklin’s execution.
In October 2017, the founder of the pornographic magazine Hustler invested ten million dollars (more than eight million euros) on a page of the American daily newspaper The Washington Post for information that was regarded as the “last blow” of a controversial life and support with the first process of deposition of the former President of the United States, Republican Donald Trump. According to Larry Flynt, this was a “primary duty”.
In 1974 he created Hustler as a direct competitor for Playboy, which Larry Flynt himself considered “obsolete”. This version, considered more up-to-date by the founder, had very explicit images and an intentionally scandalous tone.
It was from here that Flynt’s empire began, which grew into studios devoted to the production of pornographic films.
In 2000, the businessman opened a casino based on the magazine he founded in Los Angeles, California. However, this investment was short-lived.
Hustler’s explosion came in 1975 when the magazine published photos of former US first lady Jacqueline Onassis, who was nakedly married to former President John F. Kennedy. Flynt paid a paparazzo $ 18,000 (more than $ 16,000) to photograph the former first lady without her consent. This issue alone sold the magazine more than a million times.
A year later he was tried in Cincinnati on charges of profanity and organized crime. Flynt was sentenced to seven to 25 years in prison and left prison with only six days on charges of trial misconduct and bias.
After a cover devoted to satirizing, in November 1983, an advertisement by tele-evangelist Jerry Falwell, Flynt was sued by the parodied personality who accused the magnate’s company of invading privacy and deliberately inflicting emotional harm.
Flynt was sentenced to pay $ 150,000 and appealed to the Supreme Court in 1988, which, based on the first and 14th amendments to the American Constitution, unanimously ruled that a public figure does not compensate for emotional harm can be inflicted by a caricature, satire or parody of this public figure that a reasonable person would not have interpreted as factual. “To my amazement we won,” wrote Flynt.
The case became central to the freedom of speech trials, which, however, were cited multiple times in similar situations and for different legal arguments, which is why Flynt described himself as a defender of free speech.