Once known as “the Ryan Gosling of porn” and a supporter of feminism, the adult entertainment industry has begun to cut ties with James Deen amidst allegations that he commited sexual assault. Internet porn company Kink.com told SF Weekly Tuesday that the BDSM and fetish studio will “cease all ties with James Deen.”
“Our performers deserve not only safe sets, but the ability to work without fear of assault,” a Kink spokesman told the weekly. “Rape or sexual assault, with or without a safe-word, off-set or on, should never be accepted as a hazard of adult production. While many of the allegations against Deen are new, the pattern is alarming.”
The allegations began this past weekend, when Deen’s ex-girlfriend and fellow adult film star Stoya accused him of rape.
“James Deen held me down and f—ed me while I said no, stop, used my safeword,” she wrote on Twitter. Stoya’s claim caused #SolidarityWithStoya to trend, before Deen called the allegations “false and defamatory.”
“I respect women and I know and respect limits both professionally and privately,” Deen wrote on Twitter.
On Monday, porn stars Tori Lux and Ashley Fires added their accusations to the mix. In an essay for The Daily Beast, Lux alleged that Deen grabbed her throat, shoved her on a mattress, and hit her multiple times during a 2011 shoot.
“While James wasn’t performing with me that day, he was present on set — and almost immediately after I’d finished my scene he began to antagonize me,” Lux wrote. “I hadn’t even had time to dress myself when he said, with a smirk on his face, ‘Tori Lux, would you like to sniff my testicles?’ ‘Nope,’ I replied in a neutral tone. ‘I’ll repeat myself: Tori Lux, would you like to sniff my testicles?’ he asked, more aggressively this time. I replied with a firm ‘No,’ in order to establish my boundary — which James then disregarded by grabbing me by the throat and shoving me down onto a mattress on the floor.”
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Fires told The Daily Beast she refuses to work with Deen because he “almost raped me.”
“I was getting out of the shower of the communal bathroom at Kink, I reach for my towel to dry off, and he comes up from behind me and pushes himself and his erection into my butt,” Fires told The Daily Beast. “He pushes me against the sink and starts grabbing on me and I was like, ‘No, no, no James, no,’ and he released me from his grasp, and says, ‘You know, later if you want to f— around I’m in room whatever-it-was. I was like, ‘F— you.’ I didn’t even know this guy, he was so out of line and entitled with my body.”
Deen has admitted to being into “rough sex,” but told the Observer he only does so if his partner gives consent.
“It got to the point where a lot of girls who aren’t into that type of sex were afraid to work with me because they thought I was going to slap them in the face or something,” he told the Observer in 2012. “But I only do that if the girl is into it. There’s no reason to choke somebody if they don’t like getting choked. Then you’re basically being an a–hole.”