A divorced man who lived with his parents for 10 months is suing them after they destroyed his massive porn collection worth more than $40,000.
The bizarre family feud began after the adult son, identified only as Charlie, moved out of his parents’ home and into his own pad in Indiana in the US.
His parents then drove to his place to drop off some belongings — but he was horrified to discover his huge porn stash was not among them.
Charlie, who lived with his parents rent-free in exchange for doing chores around the house for almost a year, had amassed an X-rated collection of films which filled 12 moving boxes.
But his parents allegedly destroyed the lot as they were concerned about his habit.
After discovering the titles had been thrown out, Charlie filed an official report with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.
In it, he listed the collection’s value at $US28,940.72 .
According to Fox News, while the office decided not to press charges, Charlie is now suing his parents for $US86,822.16 in damages.
More details about the spat were revealed over several emails sent between the family, Fox News reports.
“We counted twelve moving boxes full of pornography plus two boxes of sex toys as you call them. We began that day the process of destroying them and it took quite a while to do so,” one email sent by the parents claimed.
In another email sent by Charlie a month after reporting the incident, 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.”
But the man’s father said he had acted in his son’s best interests.
“Believe it or not, one reason for why I destroyed your porn was for your own mental and emotional health,” Fox News reported the father as saying.
“I would have done the same if I had found a kilo of crack cocaine. Someday, I hope you will understand.”
The father also claimed his son had been expelled from high school and then college after selling porn to fellow students, and that he previously warned him he would destroy any further adult material found in his home.
But Charlie argued many of the films which were destroyed were extremely rare and valuable as many were out of print and no longer available.
However, it’s not the first time a family feud has turned nasty.
In May last year, US man Michael Rotondo made headlines after his frustrated parents took legal action after the unemployed millennial refused to leave the family home after eight rent-free years.
A judge sided with the parents and ordered Mr Rotondo, who was branded a “deadbeat son” by the US media, to vacate the premises.
At the time, a furious Mr Rotondo — a self-described “businessman” who has a young boy of his own, of whom he lost custody — told the New York Post the situation was “unfair”.
“It’s really unfair to me and really outrageous,” he said.
“I’ve been trying to leave there for a long time. They stopped feeding me, they cut me off the family phone plan.”
And in July last year, a frustrated UK father also raised eyebrows after calling emergency services because his lazy son refused to get a job.
According to Metro, the man called 999 — the British equivalent of triple-0 — on two occasions because his adult son wouldn’t get off the couch and begin job hunting.
Apparently, the child had complained to his parents that he wasn’t able to find a job that was “suitable” for his talents.