His fame in adult films led to mainstream success and a lucrative sex column. But now, porn star James Deen – famous for his so-called “boy next door” look – is being called the ‘Bill Cosby of Porn‘ after being accused of raping co-workers – and some of them say the rape was during a porn shoot.
Deen, who has previously crossed over into mainstream successes such as the 2013 Hollywood film, “The Canyons” opposite Lindsay Lohan, and a regular sex column on women’s advice site TheFrisky.com entitled, “What Would James Deen Do?” has seen a tidal wave of accusations flood in of scandalous behavior.
The allegations began with a tweet Saturday from ex-girlfriend and co-star who goes by the stage name Stoya, angry that James Deen was labelled by many social media sites as a ‘pro-woman’ porn actor.
That thing where you log in to the internet for a second and see people idolizing the guy who raped you as a feminist. That thing sucks.
— Stoya (@stoya) November 28, 2015
Social media immediately blew up, demanding details. The accusation was followed by another Stoya tweet detailing her alleged experience with graphic language. The response was immediate. An outpouring of accusations happened from other pornographic actresses, with three other women quickly coming forward to make heard their stories. In an essay published by the Daily Beast, porn star Tori Lux came forward and said that Deen assaulted her in June of 2011. According to Lux, she was on the set of a porn film she had just completed when Deen – who was not in the film with her – when he pinned her down, hit her in the face several times, grabbed her by the hair and forced her face into his crotch. Adult film starlet Amber Rayne was next, when she tweeted:
A fourth alleged sexual assault was detailed in a graphic tweet by porn star Kora Peters shortly after. According to Peters, this rape happened in the middle of a pornographic scene between the two.
Porn veteran Joanna Angel piled on, publicly stating in her own tweet that Deen was, “dead on the inside and dead to me. He’s literally the worst person I’ve ever met. That’s all I’ll say for now.”
No legal action has been taken against Deen, though the accusations have rocked the adult film industry and caused massive fallout for the porn icon.
Deen has since voluntarily stepped down from the board of the Adult Performer Advocacy committee, according to a press release by the board. In a separate statement quoted by San Francisco weekly, website Kink.com announced they were also immediately severing their ties with Deen immediately.
And on Sunday, “The Frisky” released a third statement announcing they would no longer be publishing the “What Would James Deen Do?” column.
James Deen quickly denied all accusations, saying:
I want to assure my friends, fans and colleagues that these allegations are both false and defamatory
— James Deen (@JamesDeen) November 30, 2015