James Deen, “Feminist” Porn Star, Accused of Rape by Multiple Women

James Deen
James Deen — the male porn star often celebrated by feminists — has been accused of sexual assault by his ex-girlfriend and two other women Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage

Porn star James Deen has denied claims made by an ex-girlfriend on Twitter that he raped her.

The accusations surfaced on Saturday, Nov. 28, when Stoya, who dated Deen in 2013, tweeted, "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, who co-owns the porn site TrenchcoatX, followed it up a few minutes later with the claim that "James Deen held me down and f—ed me while I said no, stop, used my safeword. I can't just nod and smile when people bring him up anymore."

A few hours later, the editor-in-chief of The Frisky website, Amelia Magritte, tweeted that the site would be suspending the publication of Deen's sex advice column "for obvious reasons." And female porn stars, including Deen's ex Joanna Angel, tweeted their support for Stoya while the hashtag #SolidarityWithStoya trended.

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Deen, 29, who costarred with Lindsay Lohan in The Canyons and was featured in Farrah Abraham's 2013 sex tape, Backdoor Teen Mom, responded to the social media chatter in a series of tweets on Sunday, Nov. 29, writing, "There have been some egregious claims made against me on social media. I want to assure my friends, fans and colleagues that these allegations are both false and defamatory. I respect women and I know and respect limits both professionally and privately."

But a few hours after his denial, two more women came forward with claims that they'd also been assaulted by Deen.

In an essay published on The Daily Beast on Monday, Nov. 30, former porn star Tori Lux detailed how she'd allegedly been attacked by Deen in June 2011 at a porn studio.

Lux claimed that after she rebuffed him, Deen grabbed her by the throat, shoved her onto a mattress on the floor, straddled her and pinned her 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," she wrote.

She claimed that he then forced her face into his crotch several times. "I was completely stunned, having no idea how to react," she continued.

Shortly after Lux's essay was posted, adult actress Ashley Fires told The Daily Beast that she refuses to work with Deen "because he almost raped me."

Deen hasn't responded on social media to these latest accusations. On Monday afternoon he voluntarily resigned as chairperson of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee's board of directors, and Kink.com, a porn studio, also severed all ties with Deen as a performer and producer.

"APAC recognizes the seriousness of the statements made by performers in the community and that they indicate a major conflict between a board member and other members of the organization," the Advocacy Committee said in a statement, according to Xbiz. "The APAC Board wants to state unequivocally that we stand with performers and other sex workers who are victims of any sort of sexual assault."

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