Porn star James Deen joked about rape before sexual assault accusations: ‘It’s …

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James Deen calls Stoya rape allegations ‘false and defamatory’ as second adult actress Tori Lux accuses him of assault.

The adult film actor James Deen has been dropped by major porn distributors following allegations he raped an adult film actress and sexually assaulted others.

Several big-name porn companies and performers have opted to sever ties with Deen after other women have joined Stoya in accusing porn’s “boy next door” of sexual assault.Stoya has yet to file charges and has gone silent on Twitter, but her accusations have inspired two other women to come forward to accuse Deen, who GQ described as the “Well Hung Boy Next Door” in a 2012 feature by award-winning author Wells Tower. “The reason I put him on my ‘no list’ was because he almost raped me,” Ashley Fires told the Daily Beast.JUST days after porn star Stoya accused her porn star ex-boyfriend of rape, two more adult film actresses have come forward claiming they too were assaulted by him. Stoya accused Deen of rape on Twitter on Saturday, writing in two separate messages: “That thing where you log in to the internet for a second and see people idolizing the guy who raped you as a feminist. She wrote that, after she finished her scene, the 29-year-old began to harass her, twice asking her if she wanted to “sniff” his testicles, to which she promptly replied no. “He proceeded to straddle my chest, pinning down my arms with his knees,” she wrote. “Then, he raised his hand high above his head, swinging it down and hitting me in the face and head with an open palm.

In a tweet on Sunday, he condemned the claims as “egregious”, writing: “I want to assure my friends, fans and colleagues that these allegations are both false and defamatory. Arguably the most popular male star in adult film, Deen is now fighting to restore his name after he was publicly accused by an ex-girlfriend this weekend of raping her – a claim that was soon followed by similar accusations from two other adult film stars, effectively upending one of the most carefully crafted images in a formerly underground industry whose biggest stars are now reaching for mainstream fame. Lux claimed Deen not only hit her, but forced her to perform a degrading act on the set of a porn film in 2011. “James Deen held me down and f—ed me while I said no, stop, used my safe word,” Stoya, 29, tweeted Saturday. “I just can’t nod and smile when people bring him up anymore.” He did this five or six times — hard — before finally getting off of me. “Disoriented and nursing a sore jaw, I stood up — but before I could collect myself, he grabbed me by my hair and shoved me to my knees, forcing my face into his crotch several times before shoving me to the floor.

Call it the post-Cosby era; a time when 1 out of every 6 American women will be the victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime, and when if the perpetrator is a celebrity, they tend to operate with impunity. If you haven’t been paying attention to the porn industry lately, it’s important to understand that Deen is not your stereotypical star: Over his 11-year career, Deen has emerged as the unlikely darling of the industry – the kind of slender, sensitive guy you’d expect to see in a boy band rather than a kinky X-rated film. I was completely stunned, having no idea how to react.” Lux says she never reported the incident explaining people, including police, tended not to believe claims of assaults in the sex industry adding that she was also “afraid”. “Despite porn being a legal form of sex work, and it occurring in a controlled environment such as a porn set, this blame-the-victim mentality is still inherent in much of society,” she wrote. “In turn, sex workers are silenced and our negative experiences are swept under the rug as we try to protect ourselves from the judgment of others — or worse, a variety of problems ranging from further physical attacks to professional issues such as slander and/or black-listing. His boy-next-door vibe and pro-feminist persona helped him capture the attention and imaginations of women of all ages, and launched him before a wider audience: He starred alongside Lindsay Lohan in Paul Schrader’s 2013 film The Canyons, frequently shared his thoughts on consent and diversity in porn with popular media outlets, and authored a sex-positive advice column for a progressive women’s lifestyle website. I was like, ‘F**k you.’ I didn’t even know this guy, he was so out of line and entitled with my body.” The former adult actress and reality TV star Farrah Abraham appeared to join a number of people tweeting solidarity with Stoya and the other women by tweeting: “I’m not going to say ‘I told you so’ but I’m too busy for rapists”.

Since the allegations surfaced, Deen has taken to Twitter denying the allegations, saying that he “respects women” and understands and respects “limits”. It said in a statement: “The APAC Board wants to state unequivocally that we stand with performers and other sex workers who are victims of any sort of sexual assault.” Evil Angel, a porn production company which has distributed dozens of films with Deen performing in them, said it will not be selling any new films with Deen until “more information” became available. I asked him to do an advice column because I liked his directness and his confidence, but most of all, I liked his emphasis on communication, honesty and, most of all, CONSENT,” wrote Frisky editor Amelia McDonell-Parry. “That he has been accused of violating Stoya’s consent, that women I respect have since contacted me directly to say that they know of others to whom he has done the same thing? In a statement given to Vocativ, it said: “While our company presents what is consensual and exploratory about aggressive and rough sex, these accusations are of a nature so contrary to our company values that we feel it necessary to suspend the sales until more information is available.” And on Monday morning, porn star Ashley Fires added her voice to the chorus, telling The Daily Beast that Deen assaulted and “almost raped” her on-set, and later instructed her to “stop telling people” about what happened.

Both men were faced with accusations that might never be “proven” in a legal sense — as with so many rape and assault cases, the words of the victim are often the only evidence. But in the wake of Cosby’s spectacular fall, perhaps those words carry greater weight: It took little time for some of Deen’s former supporters to distance themselves and condemn his behavior. As a survivor of rape herself, adult film star Alana Evans cannot stress enough the importance of filing a police report. “You can’t make allegations like that, that are so damaging to someone, without backing it up,” said Evans. “When it happened to me, I went to the police and I didn’t get justice because I am a sex worker. Amelia McDonnell-Parry, editor-in-chief of the online publication The Frisky, released a statement less than 24 hours after Stoya’s tweets announcing the immediate end of Deen’s sex advice column. “I very much liked James Deen. . . Well, I’m [expletive] heartsick over it.” Project Consent, a grassroots campaign to combat sexual assault and rape culture, tweeted Sunday that it had removed an April interview with Deen from its website.

In my heart I wanted so badly for it to not be real but there are so many accounts.” Indeed, following her reveal, the hashtag #SolidarityWithStoya began trending on Twitter this past weekend, with many in the adult industry siding with the alleged victim—including industry veteran Joanna Angel, who dated Deen from 2004-2010, and tweeted that he was “the worst person I have ever met,” Sydney Leathers, and Stoya’s business partner Kayden Kross. As buzz surrounding the accusations built over the weekend, some sex industry insiders voiced concern about the scandal’s potential impact on a profession that has struggled against stigma and criminalization. Greeting co-workers on set may involve a certain degree of fondling, especially if you’ve performed with one another, and displaying an aggressively physical sexual desire for fellow performers is the norm. But Tori Lux, one of Deen’s accusers, said it is the stigma associated with sex work — not sex work itself — that creates a dangerous environment. She said she hadn’t come forward before in part because “people — including the police — tend to believe that sex workers have placed themselves in harm’s way, and therefore can’t be assaulted,” she wrote. “My goal in writing this is not to paint the industry as a whole as oppressive or dangerous. . .

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