James Deen Breaks His Silence on Nine Sexual Assault Accusations Brought Against Him

Farrah Abraham: James Deen Raped Me
Sexual assault accusations continue

After nine women have accused him of rape, adult film star James Deen opens up about the allegations in an extensive interview.

Deen’s ex-girlfriend Stoya was the first to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse, writing on Twitter on Nov. 28: “James Deen held me down and fucked me while I said no, stop, used my safeword. I just can’t nod and smile when people bring him up anymore.”

Tori Lux, Ashley Fires, Amber Rayne, Kora Peters, an unnamed woman who went by T.M., Deen’s ex Joanna Angel, and Nicki Blue have also come forward with their own horrific accusations of sexual assault and abuse against Deen. The most recent allegation comes from Farrah Abraham, former MTV reality star who released a sex-tape with Deen.

Since then, Kink.com has severed all ties with Deen, he’s stepped down from his chairman position on the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee’s (APAC) board of directors, The Frisky has discontinued publishing his sex advice column (leaving his published articles with a disclaimer), and several other performers, including Bree Olsen, have shed light on his on-set abuse.

Deen tweeted on Nov. 30, “There have been some egregious claims made against me on social media.” He wrote, “I want to assure my friends, fans and colleagues that these allegations are both false and defamatory” and “I respect women and I know and respect limits both professionally and privately.”

Today (Dec. 8), Deen speaks out in the same vein as his tweets above, and responds to each allegation in an exclusive interview (by email) to Aurora Snow at The Daily Best, “only on the condition that the interview be published in its entirety.”

Snow, a former adult star who’s worked with Deen, asked him why he thought Stoya would make such claims against him, to which he explained:

I do not know at all. I am completely baffled. I also can’t speak to her motivations. There are public articles all over the internet, written by her, that make the exact opposite claims. She discusses how we communicated and how we were very careful with consent especially when involved with rough sex. What I do know is that Stoya and I did not have a clean break up. It was pretty messy, full of a lot of emotions and both Stoya and I are to blame for that. She made threats towards me and harassed one of my employees. She spit at this employee as well as sending very inappropriate texts. I have spent this past week terrified and confused so I can’t help but run through the details of our relationship in my head. The reason Stoya made this claim could be as simple as her finding out that my current girlfriend and I are moving in together. We have mutual friends, one of our friends notified Stoya of this information. It could be as calculated as Stoya trying to drive traffic to her website. Which I have to say is very well done and I am proud to have the movie I produced for her up on the site, but the same day this happened she pinned a tweet about her site that just so happened to have an update with me in it right above this madness. I can’t speak to her reasoning or motivations.

In so many words, Deen goes on to deny and explain each of the accusations occurred. On the incident with Lux (in which she claims she firmly said “no” and then, he “proceeded to straddle my chest, pinning down my arms with his knees. Then, he raised his hand high above his head, swinging it down and hitting me in the face and head with an open palm. He did this five or six times—hard—before finally getting off of me”), Deen responded:

I can safely say that did not happen. All of the accusations are from either ex-girlfriends or events that happened on set. I always try to take responsibility for my actions and apologize when needed. As far as these other claims, at a certain point I feel like people have to step back and analyze this stuff in context.  Most of these are descriptions of things on BDSM or rough sex sets. When I am on set I am under instruction of the company who is paying me. I could describe the events of the scene I was in the other day and it could be just as dramatic. I have no desire to blame people who consider themselves victims or throw stones. I will just say this: my job as a performer for rough sex companies is to engage in certain acts. If at any point I pushed boundaries past the point of comfort, I am sorry. I have always tried to respect peoples’ limits and safe words and operated within that space. If someone expressed anything to me I honored the request with the fullest care.

Asked if he felt entitled to women’s bodies on set as a male performer, in regards to Fires’ accusations (“I was getting out of the shower of the communal bathroom at Kink, I reach for my towel to dry off, and [James Deen] comes up from behind me and pushes himself and his erection into my butt…I didn’t even know this guy, he was so out of line and entitled with my body”), Deen replied:

In no way at all do I feel entitled to anyone’s body on set. Productions try to maintain a delicate balance of professionalism and fun. Most directors don’t want to document sterile intercourse—they want to create erotic material. This cannot be achieved without comfortable models who have sexual desires for one another. However, like I previously said, what stops everything is when someone objects or states discomfort.

When Snow asked him, “A number of women claim they’ve said “no” and you continued anyway. What kind of misunderstanding is happening?” Deen replied, “The claims are inaccurate or out of context.” Which is a lackluster response that seems to be the theme of the entire article.

When asked, “why are so many women now claiming that you did not respect their limits?” Deen offered this reply:

Until recently, I had no knowledge that any limits or boundaries were considered violated. Some of these women and I have remained friends with no mention of this until now. As far as why they are coming forward, I have heard many stories from many different performers who have engaged in all sorts of various acts and then after either retiring, taking a break, or slowing down in the adult industry, change their desires and perceptions about things that have happened in the past. I HATE the idea that something a performer experienced would ever be a thing they regretted or that they considered a violation after the fact. I don’t want to blame other people, especially the victim, but if people don’t communicate things when they’re happening then it is not possible to honor retroactive boundaries.

In regards to one of Angel’s experiences with Deen while they were dating (Snow writes, “‘He started dunking my head in the water while he was fucking me.’ She says she was okay with this at first, but then ‘it started to feel like forever.’ She went on to say, ‘I thought, I’m going to die here’), Deen explains he will always apologize to her for being a “shitty boyfriend”:

There are certain exaggerations and inaccuracies in these stories. For instance, if everything said was accurate it would mean I started doing porn at the age of 17. However, I will absolutely admit to being an emotionally insensitive boyfriend. I will admit to being immature. I will admit to being an overall jerk. I have publicly apologized many times and I will continue to do so. Joanna Angel is one of the smartest and most creative people I have ever had the chance to know. She is a great person who deserves a great boyfriend. I don’t get to be forgiven by Joanna and that is not anyone’s problem but mine. My punishment is that one of the coolest people on the planet dislikes me and I don’t get to have her friendship. I have to deal with that. No one else. I will absolutely continue to apologize to her for being a shitty boyfriend.

Read Deen’s interview in its entirety on The Daily Beast.

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