Thursday, Dec. 09, 2010

The Way of the Samurai Porn Star

Some may call this tale bizarre, some may call it sad. It's probably a bit of both, and it takes place in the world of pornography. Stephen Hill, 34, an adult-film performer also known by his stage name, "Steve Driver," led police on a manhunt in June, when he was accused of killing porn actor Herbert Wong and injuring two others with a samurai sword that was meant to be used as a prop in a Van Nuys, Calif., movie studio. Wanted on one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder, Hill remained on the lam for days until he emerged from a San Fernando Valley house where he had barricaded himself, standing on a cliff with the sword pressed against his body, threatening suicide. After a dramatic eight-hour standoff, police tried to us a Taser to neutralize Hill, but the distraught porn thespian leaped off the embankment to his death 40 feet below.