Foot fetish actor ‘bullied into selling crack cocaine’ to fund gambling woes

A foot fetish actor who was struggling with a gambling addiction was bullied into selling crack cocaine, a court has heard.

Jack Lawrence, 30, is said to have made thousands of pounds from selling foot and muscle fetish videos to viewers around the world, rather than through the sale of illegal substances.

The struggling adult actor was jailed at Exeter Crown Court after he was caught red-handed dealing cocaine from his home in Paignton, Devon.

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Police recovered £8,010 in cash and £22,000 worth of cocaine from Lawrence's bedroom, along with £1,100 worth of Nike trainers, which Lawrence said were used for fetish videos.

When Lawrence had heard about the discoveries over a police radio, he said: “I’m f***ed f***ed.”

On his iPhone, Lawrence had listed previous drug deals showing two kilograms of cocaine had been sold in two months before he was caught in August 2020.

Bank accounts totalling £19,000 and an unexplained credit of £11,000 were believed to be bank transfers relating to his drug sales and to his "muscle worship" fetish videos.

A gambling habit was also discovered by investigators looking into his account, with payments made to two online bookmakers.

Recorder Richard Stead sentenced Lawrence to seven years, two months and 12 days in prison after the 30-year-old admitted to being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

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Speaking to the defendant, Recorder Stead said: "It is clear that that by virtue of your own drug use, some extremely poor decision-making led you to the position you are now in."

Herc Ashworth, prosecuting, said that Lawrence was arrested for selling drugs from his car outside of his flat, where police discovered £8,010, scales, wraps and 264 grams of cocaine.

The 30-year-old said he fell into debt with a drug gang who attacked him, threatened his family and forced him to become a street dealer, BirminghamLive reported.

Bathsheba Cassel, defending, said Lawrence had worked on overcoming his own drug habit during the two months on remand in prison and that he is determined to make a new life for himself upon release.

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