A gay Atlanta business owner whose clients include gay porn stars and studios, feared missing since late October, is alive, well and getting his affairs back in order after a legal ordeal kept him in a Barbados jail cell for two months.
Mark Wilson says he returned to the U.S. through Savannah on Wednesday, ending an expected quick trip to the island nation for his birthday on Oct. 30 that turned into a 67-day journey. Wilson owns Great Atlantic Media, a web hosting company that caters to clients in the gay porn industry.
On Thursday, Wilson addressed concern over his well being in two tweets posted to Great Atlantic Media's account, the first activity since Oct. 24.
On Friday, he talked with Project Q Atlanta to dispel speculation that he went missing. Friends raised that possibility in early November when they hadn't heard from him and couldn't reach him for days. Wilson declined to offer details about why he was detained in Barbados.
"I encountered some legal issues out of the country," he says. "Because of the red tape involved in that, it took me 67 days to get repatriated and get back here. I wasn't able to communicate with anyone."
Wilson says he's been working from an iPhone since he returned to the U.S. and still has to recover his car, which was impounded after being left at an airport in Charleston, S.C., he says. He's also got an inbox overflowing with thousands of emails that came during his detention to sort through.
"Long story short, I stayed 67 days and about 60 was spent in their custody and then I was deported," Wilson says. "It took me awhile to arrange funds to pay their fine."
After he recovers his car, Wilson says he hopes to return to Atlanta by Monday and get back to work.
Wilson founded Great Atlantic Media in his Charlotte home, moving the company to Atlanta in 2006. Five years later, according to the company's website, it moved to a 20th floor office of One Atlantic Center on West Peachtree Street in Midtown. But in late December, Project Q Atlanta visited the office building and was told that Great Atlantic Media was not a tenant. Wilson says the company only uses the address for mail delivery.