MI man sues parents over pornography collection

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CNN, (WILX) - A Grand Haven man is suing his parents for throwing out his pornography collection.

A court order legally made Gavin Grimm a man. And he is listed as male on his birth certificate, passport and a state-issued identification card in California. (Source: MGN)

He says it was no ordinary collection and was worth tens of thousands of dollars.

His parents say they threw it out for a good reason.

Since it's a civil case with no criminal charges, the names and identities of the parties are being kept anonymous.

The man moved back into mom and dad's Grand Haven home in October of 2016 following a divorce, doing household chores in lieu of paying rent, federal court documents explain.

He moved out just 10 months later.

In December 2017, his parents allegedly delivered boxes of his stuff to his new place in Indiana, but, when they arrived, he noticed many of his possessions are missing.

His parents allegedly told him they destroyed 12 moving boxes full of pornography.

Unable to work it out with his parents, he called the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department, declaring his collection worth about $29,000.

The prosecutor's office eventually declined to press charges in the matter.

Just a month later, he began reaching out to his dad through e-mail.

According to the lawsuit, he wrote, "If you had a problem with my belongings, you should have stated that at the time and I would have gone elsewhere. Instead, you choose to keep quiet and behave vindictively."

His father responded, "Believe it or not, one reason for why I destroyed your porn was for your own mental and emotional heath. I would have done the same if I had found a kilo of crack cocaine. Someday, I hope you will understand."

The man reached back out to investigators, allegedly sending one officer 44 emails worth of movies he says were destroyed, listing many as valuable out-of-print films.

The prosecutor again declined to file charges.

Fast forward to April 2019, he filed suit against his parents, seeking $86,000 in damages.