Prude parents ordered to pay son £33k after binning his porn and sex toy stash

Parents of a 43-year-old man have been ordered to pay $45k (almost £33k) for damages after they disposed of their son's extensive porn and sex toy collection.

Michigan couple Beth and Paul Werking were told by a judge in December 2020 that they would have to pay a lump sum to their son, David, for the loss of his possessions but they had to wait until now for the final figure.

David's collection of sleazy items was estimated to be worth around $25k (£19k) but the couple were charged $30,441 for the loss of the collection and a further $14,519 to cover David's legal fees.

This estimation was calculated by expert Dr Victoria Hartmann who took into consideration the dozen boxes of magazines, films and sex toys David was reported to have kept in his parent's home.

US District Judge Paul Maloney said: “However, given the wide range of valuations for individual pieces and the inability of Dr. Hartmann to even estimate the value of these pieces, the Court declines to use an average value to award damages for these titles."

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The pricey decision to dump their son's pornography collection was, as their defence explained, a result of David not following their warning to leave the items out of their home following his divorce in 2016.

Mr and Mrs Werking had placed some of the items they described as 'the worst of the worst' into a safe as they believed that they could, in fact, be illegal to own.

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David sued his parents for the loss of property and his parents never denied throwing away their son's collection and the judge ruled last December that: “In this case, there is no question that the destroyed property was David’s property.

“Defendants repeatedly admitted that they destroyed the property, and they do not dispute that they destroyed the property."

Werking’s lawyer Miles Greengard said: “This was a collection of often irreplaceable items and property.”

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Mr Werking had sent an email to his son after they disposed of his sleazy collection which said: “Frankly, David, I did you a big favor getting rid of all this stuff.”

The couple's decision to destroy the pornographic collection has cost the upwards of $45k dollars and a family feud that led to a lengthy court process leading up to this final ruling.

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