James Deen, once one of the most popular men in porn, has been at the center of a huge hotbed of controversy since last week when his former partner and fellow adult film performer, Stoya, accused the actor of raping her. Since, the actor has been dropped by Kink.com, his column at The Frisky has been discontinued, adult company Evil Angel has stopped working with him and more and more adult actresses are coming forward to tell their own stories of being assaulted by him both on and off the set.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, Amber Rayne and Kora Peters join the voices of Stoya, Tori Lux and Joanna Angel, all of whom have accused Deen of violently assaulting them.
Amber Rayne, who acknowledges that she and Deen are now friends (although she makes it clear that that doesn’t excuse his actions) was once so physically injured by Deen that she couldn’t finish a scene the two were doing. According to her, he hit her in the face while they were engaged in sex on-screen and then brutally ravaged her genitals, making it impossible for her to finish the scene and ultimately requiring medical attention and stitches. According to The Daily Beast, even the director was shocked by what had transpired.
“We’re friends now and I’ll sometimes bring it up as a joke and you can see it makes him physically uncomfortable when I do, so he does realize something was wrong that day,” says Rayne. “I thought it was an insecurity phase. He was just starting out, he was still a young punk kid coming in and I still didn’t know what the game was.” There’s no training in porn. It’s all on-the-job training, with few performers willing to mentor newbies.
Rayne told The Daily Beast that while she was able to rationalize Deen’s behavior at the beginning of his career, she no longer believes that what happened was “immaturity” or a lack of knowledge about the industry, especially considering the number of women who have come forward. (You can read the rest of her account here, but be warned that it is quite graphic and disturbing).