PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A campaign ad for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf has been pulled from television by Wolf’s campaign.

The ad features a local man who, one website says, appeared in a “torture porn” film.

Wolf’s campaign says it was not aware of his prior film role.

A former special assistant U.S. Attorney, an army lawyer who served in the Iraq War, Desert Shield and Desert Storm, who has earned plenty of awards, Alan Benyak of Charleroi now finds himself the center of a political controversy.

“I feel I’m being bandied about by the Republican party, the National Republican Party, and certainly the Corbett people,” Benyak told KDKA political editor Jon Delano Tuesday afternoon.

Benyak, a jeep-owner who volunteered to appear in a Tom Wolf ad, says he also appeared briefly in a Pittsburgh-produced horror film three years ago.

“I was trying to help a friend of mine at the time who was trying to get into the film industry, an independent film, a horror film,” he said.

Called “The Breeding Farm,” it was about a farmer who bred humans for other’s pleasure, including cannibalism, but some call it porn because of scantily clad women.

Delano: “Were you engaged in pornography?”

Benyak: “No, I don’t consider it porn. Actually it was, as I recall, a silly little piece, horror film.”

Wolf’s campaign has pulled the ad, while Banyak accuses the Corbett campaign of trying to distract from real issues.

“This is all motivated by a desperate campaign by Tom Corbett to take the public’s eye away from the issues because he really doesn’t do well when you look at the issues,” he said.

Benyak who ran for judge in Washington County last year and was runner-up, says he won’t let petty Republican politics keep him from running for judge next year.

“I don’t appreciate being a pawn for someone else’s little game, being thrown under the proverbial bus, because I didn’t do anything wrong and Tom Wolf didn’t do anything wrong,” said Benyak.

“I just think it’s politics, it’s mudslinging,” he said. “I have no respect for it. That’s not how I was raised, the son of a steelworker and secretary, with ethics and values and morals.”

Neither the Corbett campaign nor the state Republican Party had any comment.

But a spokesman for the Republican Governors Association said Tom Wolf’s failure to check the background of a volunteer for a campaign ad reflected “terrible judgment.”

Wolf’s campaign said it was “disappointing this has become a distraction.”

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