Parents ordered to pay out son for throwing out $32k porn stash

Yahoo News Staff
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A man has been awarded $A32,000 after his parents threw out his pornography collection.

David Werking, 42, from the US state of Michigan said his parents Beth and Paul Werking had no right to throw out his porn after he lived in their home for 10 months in 2016.

This was after Mr Werking divorced his wife.

But after he left for the state of Indiana he discovered his parents had thrown away dozens of boxes of pornographic material including films and magazines belonging to him, news site Michigan Live reported.

Mr Werking estimated damages to be about $32,000.

A DVD and a VHS tape are pictured.
A man has been awarded $32,000 after his parents threw out his porn collection. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

Paul told his son in an email he believed he was doing him a favour.

The parents said they found their son’s collection disturbing and claim it contained illegal content including child pornography.

But police went through the material and found no evidence the porn collection contained anything illegal.

Mr Werking’s parents also claim he was told not to bring his collection with him when he moved in.

US District Judge Paul Maloney ruled in favour of Mr Werking on Monday last week.

“There is no question that the destroyed property was David’s property,” Mr Maloney said.

“Defendants repeatedly admitted that they destroyed the property."

Mr Werking's parents said they had a right to act as his landlords.

“Defendants do not cite to any statute or case law to support their assertion that landlords can destroy property that they dislike,” the judge said.

- with The Associated Press

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