Saturday evening brought stunning claims that rocked the adult film industry and much of the internet. In a series of tweets, adult film star Stoya alleged that James Deen sexually assaulted her. The two juggernauts of the industry previously dated, and Stoya wished to confront Deen’s outward reputation as a male feminist. In quick succession, two of Deen’s other exes (Christy Mack and Joanna Angel) rallied around Stoya, and the #solidaritywithstoya hashtag lit up social media.
Deen unconditionally denied the allegations leveled against him, which he said are “egregious,” “defamatory,” and “false.” Then two more women stepped forward with their own disturbing tales. Both Ashley Fires and Tori Lux endorsed Stoya’s story, and Lux’s particularly graphic account of assault on a film set made waves. These allegations make Deen’s penchant for Twitter rape jokes even less amusing than they already were. Here are but a few examples of Deen’s “humor” attempts:
There are even worse “jokes” where those came from. On a very serious note, the mounting list of allegations against Deen is already working an effect on his career. The Frisky website quickly pulled Deen’s sex advice column. Then sh*t got really real when the Kink adult film studio, which holds itself out as “the largest producer of BDSM and fetish pornography in the world,” cut ties with Deen, who has starred in over 200 of the studio’s films. Kink released a statement to BuzzFeed:
For the Kink.com community, as well as the larger BDSM community, consent and respect are sacrosanct. Effective immediately, Kink.com will cease all ties with James Deen, both as a performer and a producer.