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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Who is Clifton Todd Britt?

Who is Clifton Todd Britt[2]? The sex industry knows him as Lexington Steele. Steele is an American award winning pornographic actor, director and owner of Mercenary Motion Pictures. He is the only actor to have won the AVN Male Performer of the Year Award three times.[2]

Steele was born November 28, 1969 in New Jersey. After attending Morristown High School, he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia for two years but graduated from Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences with a double degree in History and African-American studies in 1993.[2] He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

After graduation, he worked in New York City as a stock broker in the World Trade Center starting as a trainee in Euro Brokers Inc and working his way up the chain of command. He was licensed as a financial adviser and working on Wall Street within months of graduating. He claims that he would have been in the buildings and been a victim of the September 11, 2001 attacks had he kept his old job as a stockbroker.[3] He worked as a model on the side and acted in minor TV roles.

He started to act in adult movies in the later part of 1997, in New York City. He moved to Los Angeles and joined the industry full-time in March 1998.

Initially he shot mainly for the companies such as West Coast Productions and director Spunky. Later, he appeared on videotapes produced by Anabolic and Diabolic. Later on at the beginning of 2004 he joined Red Light District Video for a brief period.

Steele now directs and performs exclusively for his own production company, Mercenary Motion Pictures (Headquarters in Encino, California), which he founded in 2003 and serves as chairman and CEO since 2005. The company reported annual net profits of $2.6 million in 2005.[4] He believes that his company will be the first adult entertainment company to be traded on the NYSE.

Steele won AVN Male Performer of the Year Awards in 2000, 2002 and 2003, the only actor to win three times. In 2005, Steele was awarded the AVN Award for Best Anal Scene and the X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO) Award for Best Sex Scene, Couple for a scene he did together with his co-star Katsumi in "Lex Steele XXX 3". He specializes in interracial pornography. He owns many websites dedicated to his interracial sexual endeavors with female models.

Steele has been linked romantically off-film to actresses Calli Cox
and Nikita Denise.
He was once falsely rumored to be the father of Cox's son.[5] At one point, Lexington was engaged to porn actress and director Vanessa Blue,[4] and the two have appeared together on Playboy TV (in his two-season show Lex in the City) and in several movies. They split in June 2006.[6] In 2008, Steele and Blue filed federal lawsuits against each other over the ownership of numerous videos that first appeared under the Mercenary Pictures label. The suits were settled in March 2009 after meeting with an alternative dispute resolution jurist[7].

Steele has said that his stage name came about back during the days when he worked as a stock broker when he took the subway to visit a client. At that time he had already decided to move in the adult film industry and use the last name "Steele". His client was located in mid-town and Steele got off the subway at the corner of Madison and Lexington [sic][8] where he was struck by the sound of "Lexington" as a first name.[9] Others refer his stage name to a mix of Remington Steele with Lexington Avenue. another idea is that he borrowed this name from Lexington Steel - full line distributor of flat rolled steel products.

Yes, I am religious. I am Christian, Baptist. I grew up in as close to a Cosby-show lifestyle as you can get. Doing porno, on a repeated basis, I am committing adultery; I’m not married, so I’m fornicating for a living; I’m paid to have sex, which means what? I’m prostituting by definition. These are things I have to reckon with with my God on a daily basis. I knowingly do these things.

My decision to do porno has forced me to take my religion within: because of my job I am stronger in my relationship with God, because now I take God with me everywhere I go; if I don’t, I’ll fail. I didn’t know that God blessed me with an abnormally large penis that allows me to make porno. But I feel blessed. I believe I am blessed because I am meant to please one woman for the rest of our lives together. True, I haven’t met her yet.[3]

In a 2008 interview he also said:

People who are spiritual, like myself, we carry our spirituality inside of ourselves. I don’t believe any institution has any hierarchy on my personal relationship with God. I have been blessed with physical attributes that have allowed me to provide entertainment. What I do is not illegal so I am not at odds with anything. I’m not married so I am not committing adultery. If I be damned for fornication, then I am not much unlike then [sic] the billions of people who walk this earth today.[10]

During his time studying African-American studies, Steele developed a high awareness of American politics and African-American rights in particular. The major attention of his studies was Dr. Martin Luther King. In 2008 he expressed his support for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.[2] He said that Obama will pave the way for many other successful African-Americans. Steele was the second adult entertainment figure to publicly express support for a 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate, after Amber Lynn expressed her support for Hillary Clinton.

Steele appeared in two episodes of Showtime's Weeds in 2007. He played himself at a movie shoot filming a scene with Kirsten Price and Jessica Jaymes.

Steele also starred in an episode of the FX series Nip/Tuck as a male escort at a party.

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