Richard Nanula resigns from Miramax amid sex scandal
Sex, Lies, & Videotape helped put Miramax on the map back in the ’90s — and now they’ve also brought down Richard Nanula, the former Disney CFO who became Miramax’s chairman in 2010.
Miramax announced today that Nanula has resigned from his post. Thomas J. Barrack Jr. (pictured), the chairman and CEO of Colony Capital, LLC, will replace Nanula effective immediately. Colony Capital leads the investor group that privately owns Miramax; the group purchased the film company in 2010, in a deal negotiated by Nanula. Nanula has severed ties with Colony Capital as well.
Nanula’s resignation comes after a leave of absence spurred around three weeks ago, when TheDirty.com published photos of a man believed to be Nanula starring in a porn movie with multiple Adult Video News nominee Samantha Saint. (Saint’s previous credits include Nexxxt Top Model, Wheel of Debauchery 5, My Dad’s Hot Girlfriend 15, and Hustler’s Untrue Hollywood Stories: Oprah.)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nanula has a history of sex addiction — a 2005 divorce filing revealed that he had attended sex therapy, and that he had spent up to $10,000 on a prostitute while married to his ex-wife Tracey Nanula. Nanula was also singled out in a sexual harassment suit filed Jan. 30 by Stephanie Shaw, a former Colony Capital employee who claims Nanula created a hostile work environment.