Kindergarten refuses to admit boy because his dad once worked in porn

A Scottsdale, Arizona private school kicked out a five-year-old boy the day before starting kindergarten—all because his dad once worked in porn.

Jay Grdina is now a millionaire CEO of Dolce Bevuto, a company that he says brings in about $100 million a year for sales of its popular hangover-prevention drink NoHo. But before moving into the “lifestyle beverage” industry, Grdina ran the website ClubJenna.com with ex-wife Jenna Jameson, arguably the world’s most famous porn star. ClubJenna was a runaway success as well, bringing in profits of $30 million a year before the couple sold it to Playboy for a undisclosed profit that was surely massive.

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Grdina no longer works in the adult industry, and he also remarried (model Erin Naas) and had two children. Grdina told TMZ that the family enrolled their son Jayden at Scottsdale Christian Academy (SCA) in May after a six-month process of applications and interviews. 

The day before his son was to start kindergarten at SCA, Grdina got an email from the school administration, which he shared with TMZ.

“Unfortunately after a final review during our admission process, we are now unable to provide admission,” the SCA email to Grdina read. “It has been brought to our attention that due to the lines of business that your family is/was in would violate these foundational critical issues of SCA.”

Grdina told TMZ in an interview that he was surprised by the action and now plans to sue.

Other schools in the area have already started, meaning Jayden will be late to starting kindergarten wherever he attends. Grdina told TMZ he was very surprised by the action.

“I already had three nephews that attended the school, two of which graduated with top honors,” Grdina told TMZ Live in a taped interview. “So I really didn’t think it would be an issue, especially for myself. We went through the full interview process starting in December of last year. I mean, they had plenty of time to do their background research.”

Even multi-millionaires and kindergarteners, it seems, are not exempt from the stigma that surrounds the adult industry. The Grdina family told TMZ they plan to sue.

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Mary Emily O'Hara

Mary Emily O'Hara

Mary Emily O'Hara is an LGBTQ reporter. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, NBC Out, Daily Dot, Broadly, Vice, the Daily Beast, the Advocate, Huffington Post, DNAinfo, Al Jazeera, and Portland's Pulitzer Prize-winning newsweekly Willamette Week, among other outlets.