For the past year things have been rough for adult film star Mr. Marcus. When I say rough, I don’t mean the pleasurable roughness like in his movies. The porn actor has become a pariah in the industry for causing an STD scare by performing with an actress while he had syphilis. However, Mr. Marcus, real name Jesse Spencer, maintains that he didn’t know he had the disease. After remaining silent for a long period of time, Mr. Marcus finally opened up and gave an interview to BallerAlert about his legal drama and the controversy surrounding him after the STD scare.

According to the legendary porn star, he didn’t know he had an STD. He thought it was a skin rash. Mr. Marcus told the website, “I did not go out there and try to f***ing intentionally get anybody infected. From my heart man, up to God, I thought it was something that was just a skin rash. I went out and bought some damn Carmex lotion (it’s an everyday hydrating lotion), I put it on [my penis] and I thought it made it look better. That coupled with things going on with my hands, little brown spots or whatever, I looked things up on the internet and I’m telling you, only thing that came up was a vitamin deficiency and that I need more vitamins. I went out and bought vitamins and Carmex.”

He added that the STD he contracted is known to have symptoms that might be misdiagnosed. “Syphilis is called the great imitator [because] it supposedly looks like other diseases, problems, symptoms and it’s never related to just an STD. 20 years in this business and the only STD’s I was aware of is gonorrhea and chlamydia,” Mr. Marcus stated. “You gotta understand that when I worked with that girl I had a FRESH test. NOTHING came back saying, hey you need to go to the doctor, get a checkup, a shot, not a single damn thing. I used the lotion and it made it look better.”

So what are your thoughts to his explanation? If you believe what he’s saying, do you believe he deserves 30 days in jail? Let us know your thoughts.