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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — As XBIZ reported yesterday, performer Mercedes Carrera appeared at the Rancho Cucamonga Courthouse for a hearing related to the February charges against her and her husband, Jason Whitney, for sexual abuse of a minor and possession of drugs and guns.

Last week XBIZ spoke to Carrera at the West Valley Detention Center, where she offered her version of her arrest and prosecution.

The article generated calls and messages to XBIZ from several people who knew the couple professionally and socially and wanted to provide some background to our reporting on the court case.

We feel this multi-sourced account of the peculiar relationship between Carrera and Whitney provides essential context to their current situation The boundaries, or lack thereof, between their professional and personal lives will play a central role in the state’s case against them.

The interviews XBIZ conducted painted a consistent picture of an unusually intertwined couple whose involvement in sex work and favorite social causes also seemed inseparable. This picture is confirmed by the many public statements that Carrera and Whitney made and posted over the last four-and-a-half years.