The U-Haul truck that pulled away from a nondescript Center City office building Wednesday night was packed with at least 81 boxes of evidence collected from one of the country's most successful providers of online adult videos.
But question remains: Evidence of what?
Paul Fishbein, founder of AVN Media Network assumed that authorities had launched an obscenity investigation.
He described Richard Cohen, owner of the raided companies, as a really good customer and a friend. This guy runs a legal business, he employs a lot of people, he pays his taxes. He does everything you're supposed to. He said Cohen puts up
"every wall he can" to prevent children from viewing his sites,
Andrew Miller, an attorney for Cohen, said that he could not discuss the raid and that neither Cohen nor anyone associated with this matter would comment.
FBI agents, state troopers, and the Philadelphia Police Vice Unit spent most of Wednesday raiding Cohen's companies, National A-1 Advertising and National A-1 Internet. The companies provide Internet sex videos and telephone sex chat, and own
domain names such as hotmovies.com and escorts.com.
Some of the boxes the agents removed were labeled operator/chat logs. Others were labeled to indicate they contained evidence from hotmovies.com, which provides videos on demand.
Fishbein said he had not had a substantive conversation with Cohen since the raid and did not know what authorities were seeking. He said Cohen was not connected to prostitution, as some media outlets have reported: He's not running girls, I
can tell you that.