Alexis Arquette sex tape sold day after death
Less than 24 hours after the death of Alexis Arquette, a former lover cashed in by selling a sex tape to an online porn site.
xHamster.com paid $25,000 for the video but did so in order to destroy it and all other copies in ensure it is never seen, according to The Daily Mail.
‘Ms. Arquette was an icon and activist in the trans community and we could not see someone smear her memory the way the selling party was trying to do,’ said xHamster spokesman Alex Hawkins.’We acquired the tape and subsequently destroyed all copies of it. We hope people will remember Ms. Arquette for the activist that she was and that her memory will continue to live on.’
Arquette, who appeared in such films as Grief, Last Exit to Brooklyn and The Wedding Singer, died on Sunday at the age of 47 from AIDS-related complications.
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter has shed some light on Arquette’s decision to once again present as male during her final years.
Close friend Sham Ibrahim said Arquette came to believe that ‘gender is bullshit’ and that ‘putting on a dress doesn’t biologically change anything. Nor does a sex-change.’
The friend quotes Arquette as saying ‘sex-reassignment is physically impossible. All you can do is adopt these superficial characteristics but the biology will never change.’
Ibrahim believes this: ‘I think that as her health was deteriorating, (presenting as a woman) was too much of a struggle to even think about. Being able to get up and put that dress on and the wig — it was too much for her.’
Arquette’s final public appearance was at the DragCon convention in earlier this year to participate in a panel about the film Wigstock.
Arquette presented as male at that event.
Below is a video tribute Ibrahim made to Arquette which includes the performer’s thoughts on death.