In a stunt that has grabbed international headlines, two people who skydived over Taft while having sex, then videotaped it and put it on the Internet.
23ABCs South County reporter, Cris Ornelas, had an exclusive interview Friday with the woman on the tape, Hope Howell.
Howell said she has no regrets about the tape. She said some things that have been reported about the stunt just arent true.
The video was shot high above Taft as 34-year-old Alex Torres and Howell, 20, had sex while in free fall.
Friday 23ABC spoke to Howell.
It was crazy. It was fun, Howell said.
Howell said she wants to tell her side of the story about the tape. She said its something they decided to do on a slow day at Skydive Taft.
My adrenaline was rushing. I was so excited. I was pumped. I was ready for it to be edited, Howell said.
Torres and Howell hoped to grab the eye of national shock jock Howard Stern. Howell said she spoke to "The Howard Stern Show" on Friday.
I am happy I did it. I wouldn't change it for the world, and it did get the attention of Howard Stern -- our whole goal in general, Howell said.
The owner of the company, David Chrouch, said he wasnt there when the stunt happened and didnt know what was being planned. Howell said thats a complete lie.
Our boss was there. Everything was approved. We did plan it out, Howell said.
There has also been confusion about whether or not she was fired from her receptionist job at Skydive Taft. She said call it whatever you want, she is not working there anymore.
I got a phone call saying I was fired, and I feel like that was a stab in my back, Howell said.
Some have said the sex on the tape is faked, but Howell insists its real. She said no one on the tape is drunk or high. Howell also said this was only her fourth jump ever.
Knowing that you are doing something wild and crazy makes it so much better, Howell said.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the stunt. Investigators said there is no regulation banning sex on a plane. But an FAA spokesman said if the pilot allows any activity that could be a distraction, he could be in trouble. Howell said everything was safe.
(I) never touched him. He is an amazing pilot. He is a great jump pilot. Its not his first rodeo, Howell said.
Howell is a Taft native and said the reaction to the tape has taught her who her real friends are.
I could have took it as, Oh my god, Im the victim here, but no. I owned up to what I did and how I went about it, Howell said.
Howell said she has done more than a dozen adult films so far and hopes the publicity from this tape will help her career.
So 23ABC asked what she is planning next.
Something better than sex and skydiving, Howell said.
She said people who think what they did is wrong are just prudes.
Anyone else that has anything bad to say, thats them. They can take that to their grave, and I am going to take sex and skydiving all the way to my grave, Howell said.
The FAA said it has assigned an inspector to the case, but it doesnt know how long the investigation will take.
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