Miramax Chairman Richard Nanula has taken a leave of absence from the Santa Monica independent film studio and from its co-owner Colony Capital, where he is also a principal.
The disclosure of Nanula's departure Wednesday came after two websites recently published photos of a man identified as Nanula having sex with an adult film actress. One of the sites has since removed the photos.
A spokeswoman for Colony Capital declined to discuss the posted images or when Nanula might return.
"Richard has taken a leave of absence from Colony and Miramax for personal reasons," the spokeswoman said.
Nanula could not be reached for comment. A former finance chief at
Colony was part of a group of investors that acquired Miramax from Disney in December 2010 for $663 million. Another of those investors, construction magnate Ron Tutor, sold his interest in Miramax in January.