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The row over the “sex.com” domain name is set to return to court next week. Sex.com was transferred to its original registrant, entrepreneur Gary Kremer, by order of the California Supreme Court in November last year. It was ruled that porn baron Stephen Cohen had fraudulently obtained the name by filing bogus transfer documents at the domain name registry. At the time of the transfer, pending final determination of damages, the judge ordered that $25 million of Cohen’s assets be frozen, to prevent him from stashing his earnings from his porn empire in offshore accounts. Cohen is now claiming that he cannot comply with the judge’s order because of insufficient funds. Kremen claims that Cohen has used overseas accounts to hide his money and that he has earned huge revenues from his other sites, Sex.net and Hot4love.com. Today Kremen’s attorneys will request that contempt of court proceedings be initiated against Cohen on the basis that he hid money in breach of the November order. Cohen’s has previously spent time in prison for impersonating an attorney and bankruptcy fraud. Cohen’s attorney has denied that his client moved money, but when Cohen was asked about his assets, he chose to seek protection from the Fifth Amendment and remain silent on the issue. At the same time, Cohen’s attorney has filed a motion to withdraw as counsel because his client has not paid him. Last week, the name sex.com was advertised for sale on a German Web site domshop.de for $85 million, but the offer turned out to be a publicity stunt for the site. Related Articles from The Industry Standard: Of Fraud and Sex.com ‘Porn Baron’ Forced to Give Up Sex.com Warning: Silly Lawsuits Ahead � Detour Here Copyright � 2001 The Industry Standard

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