One of two dominatrices who was arrested for allegedly filming an S&M video with a Catholic priest on the altar of his Louisiana church has revealed she is suffering from trauma and stress.
Melissa Cheng, 23, claims the incident has caused her severe mental and physical stress and she is suffering from nightmares.
She alongside fellow adult star Mindy Dixon, 41, maintain they were innocent because all parties were adults, and the incident took place behind closed doors on private property – and that it was the passerby who looked in who was to blame.
Mindy Dixon, 41, and 23-year-old Melissa Cheng traveled to Pearl River, Louisiana, for the tryst with Reverend Travis Clark, 37, at the Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church after hours on September 30, it has been claimed.
Writing on the bio page of her GoFundMe account, Cheng (pictured) said: ‘The fact that I am being vilified like this is quite frankly, appalling’
Cheng and Dixon (pictured in their mugshots) insist that they were innocent becausse all parties were adults and the incident too place behind closed doors on private property – and that it was the passerby who looked in who was to blame
Rev Travis Clark was arrested after allegedly recording himself in a S&M session in church
The dominatrices, both dressed in corsets and high-heeled boots at the time, were arrested alongside the priest, and the trio were charged with obscenity. Following the arrest, Clark, who was ordained in 2013, was suspended from the archdiocese.
Writing on the bio page of her GoFundMe account, Cheng said: ‘The fact that I am being vilified like this is quite frankly, appalling.
‘I understand that people may be upset by this situation, but that does not make this conduct illegal or criminal in any way.
‘I would implore anyone seeking to pass judgement to direct their energy elsewhere.
‘In order for me to come out of this in a strong, empowered, and healthy way I must take a hiatus from work, and social media, as my life has been overtaken by the publicity of this scenario, which I could have never in my wildest dreams fathomed to be my reality, yet here I am.’
A passerby noticed the lights in the Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church (pictured)
Cheng (pictured) has revealed that she is suffering from nightmares and panic attacks following her arrest
She adds: ‘I appreciate all of your support and comments, which I have been reading. The positive ones are the ones that make me smile, and keep me uplifted.
‘I am an empowered woman, dominatrix, and a believer of safe, sane, consensual, and private BDSM practices.
‘The bail [which has already been paid], the time off work, time spent in jail, content lost and seizure of my belongings [film & lighting equipment, 1k worth of makeup], lawyer fees, and the toll on my mental and physical well being has amounted to no small price.
‘The trauma and mental & physical stress of the situation has caused my chronic preexisting health condition, P.O.T.S. Syndrome to flare up again, when previously in recovery up until this present moment.
Rev Travis Clark is pictured in his mugshot
Dixon and her husband, at the home they share with Lily the pug in Seattle
‘Without time away to rest and recover away from the public eye, my chronic illness will leave me bed ridden [again] and unable to perform simple daily tasks.
‘With that being said, I appreciate any and all support from my friends, my fans, and my colleagues.’
On her OnlyFans account, Cheng writes in response to her supporters: ‘My privacy gets violated and I get in trouble.
‘Maybe people shouldn’t snoop in windows and then complain about what they see, especially at night. Ridiculous.
‘I’m so shaken up, I keep having nightmares and panic attacks and literally can’t work on anything. I feel overwhelmed with anxiety from this ordeal.’
Cheng describes herself as a ‘Chinese/German 5’11 Goddess’ based near Atlanta, but moving back to LA in 2020.
Over the past 12 months, Cheng has offered her dominatrix services in Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
Cheng writes: ‘I have studied the art of Domination for years and it is My greatest passion.
Cheng goes by the name Empress Ming for her work as a dominatrix
‘I love being able to break a person down, take them apart, then put them back together… My way.
‘Being able to bend men to My will and bring the powerful to their knees is a talent that comes naturally for Me.’
Cheng charges $350 an hour, she says, and provides a list of the fetishes she will accommodate.
‘I also happen to be quite skilled in Martial Arts, taught at home and not in classes starting as a child,’ she writes.
‘Be Warned, I am extremely powerful and flexible.
‘My ability to deliver flying kicks, Spinning kicks, round kicks, side kicks and paddle kicks to My opponents weak, vulnerable areas with unparalleled deadly accuracy.
‘Remember…I was not born with the Sobriquet ‘Ming The Merciless”.
Dixon, who was arrested alongside Cheng, is based in Seattle. She describes herself as ‘the embodiment of sin exquisitely crafted into flesh and bone’ and promotes her dungeon and S&M catalogue, emphasizing that she does not have sex with her clients, and nor will her clients be allowed to touch her.
Mindy Dixon, based in Seattle, goes by the professional name Lady Vi lives with her husband and their pug
Dixon frequently posts pictures of her pug, Lily, who lives with her and her husband
‘Come to my flame little moth, feel the heat from my fire and prepare to burn for my affections,’ she writes.
Dixon is also a political activist, championing the rights of sex workers on her Instagram page.
On Twitter, she calls herself: ‘Proprietress of the Church of Satanatrix’.
‘My slaves are my parishioners,’ she writes on Twitter, promoting a video linking to her website, showing a latex-clad Dixon encouraging ‘worship’ of her.
‘Welcome to the congregation, we’ve been expecting you,’ the tagline states.
Her services, in Washington state, are legal.
‘Lady Vi strictly abides by all Washington State Laws and expects her submissives to do the same,’ she states.
It’s not clear who arranged the illicit church liaison that ended with Dixon, Cheng and Clark in jail, but it is known that the two domaintrices had traveled to Louisiana and met with the pastor on September 30.
Dixon says she is ‘highly skilled at weaponizing lust’ and offers a range of ‘services’
The trio were caught in the act by a passerby, who noticed the lights in the Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church were on after hours.
He looked in the window and saw the scantily clad women in corsets and the priest partially clothed. Stage lighting, sex toys, and a cellphone on a tripod were also said to be on the stage.
The three were arrested on the scene and charged with obscenity, but their lawyer told DailyMail.com that they were not to blame.
‘All parties involved were consenting adults,’ said Bradley Phillips. ‘Everything that occurred took place behind closed doors, on private property, and none of the conduct alleged was criminal in nature.
‘The fact that this involved a priest or took place in a church is completely irrelevant.
‘The only pertinent question is if it took place in view of the public. Clearly that is not the case.
‘The evidence will show that an individual had to enter the church’s private property and look through a window to see what was taking place. By definition, then, it was not in public view.’
Phillips said that it was ‘appalling’ that Dixon and Cheng were ‘being vilified like this’.
He added: ‘I would implore anyone seeking to pass judgement to direct their energy elsewhere.’
Clark, who was suspended, has not commented.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans has burned the altar on which the priest allegedly recorded himself performing sexual acts with the two dominatrices, saying the desecration was ‘demonic’ and ‘deplorable.’
On Friday, Archbishop Gregory Aymond responded to community outrage over Rev. Travis Clark’s behavior with a recorded statement shared online.
‘It is a very tough time to be a Catholic in the Archdiocese of New Orleans to say the least,’ said Aymond.
‘Many people feel anger, betrayal and disappointment, and I feel the same way, as do my brother priests.’
Aymond revealed that the altar in question was set on fire and removed from the premises.
‘Regarding Travis,’ Aymond said in the video, ‘his obscene behavior was deplorable, his desecration of the altar in the church was demonic and I am infuriated by his actions.
‘When the details became clear we had the altar removed and burned. I will consecrate a new altar tomorrow.’
Aymond said on that Rev Carol Shirima would replace Clark beginning on October 11.
Clark was released from jail on a $25,000 bond. Cheng and Dixon posted bonds of $7,500.
All three could face six months to three years in prison if convicted of obscenity.
Church law says that when sacred places are violated they must be ‘repaired by penitential rite’ before they can be used again.