Some Horrifying Accounts of Assault and Rape
James Deen is in a lot of trouble. In fact, he’s probably fucked, and not in the good way he’s used to.
James Deen, widely considered one of the best, if not the best male performer in the adult film industry, has gotten himself in a ton of hot water lately. Deen, whose real name is Bryan Sevilla, has been a porn performer since 2004, and though he’s appeared in a variety of porn, he’s best known for “rough,” bondage and S&M (sadomasochism) scenes. The “Ryan Gosling” of porn, who some people have called a feminist, is suddenly being bombarded with allegations from several colleagues in the porn industry of assault and rape. And it all began with a tweet.
On 28 November, world-renowned porn actress Stoya (@stoya), who was also Deen’s steady girlfriend for some time, 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.”
“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.”
In the days following Stoya’s statements, eight other women in the porn industry have also gone public, including Tori Lux, Ashley Fires, Amber Rayne, Kora Peters, Nicki Blue, Lily LaBeau, and a woman writing as T.M., all of whom claim Deen had assaulted them by refusing to abide by the limits set out by them prior to working with him. Those who have come out publicly to tell their stories have some pretty horrific accounts to share.
1. Nicki Blue
Actress Nicki Blue, 27, told the Daily Mail that Deen assaulted her in 2011 by raping her with a beer bottle and urinating in her mouth during an off-camera attack at a wrap party, following a scene the two had done together at the Kink Castle, the headquarters of the massively popular porn company Kink.com.
“It got more extreme and there was music playing so it was hard to hear. I started giving him [oral sex]. It was nice at first, then it got really rough. I kept trying to pull my head up to say something, it was too rough. But he would just push my head back in so I was choking and I couldn’t say anything. As he was doing it – this is the embarrassing part and why I didn’t say anything – he said, ‘Oh my God, I have to go to the bathroom’ and he pissed in my mouth. That was it, I spit it up, I was upset. Then after that, he had the idea of putting the beer bottle up my ass. So that was done.”
2. Lily Lebeau
Lily LeBeau offers up two accounts of incidents that occurred on set with Deen in Vocativ, corroborated by the only male performer to speak to the Deen allegations, actor/director Derrick Pierce.
The first incident occurred when trying to film a “couples-friendly” scene—a genre that typically features more romantic or “vanilla” scenarios meant for couples to watch together—and only mildly kinky. As is standard practice in the porn industry, LeBeau and the director of the film (Pierce), clearly outlined the limitations and expectations for the shoot, to which Deen had to be repeatedly reminded.
“The first thing he does is he walks over, I’m tied up, and he spits in my eye. It just went from zero to sixty, just degrading,…To just start a scene by spitting in someone’s eye, especially for a more vanilla company, he knows they can’t use that.”
In the second incident involving Deen, LeBeau claims that he hit her in the face so hard her jaw locked, calling it “the most traumatic thing that’s happened to me in my career.” LaBeau was performing in a scene for Kink.com’s Upper Floor, a live-streaming BDSM group sex series. LaBeau was the star of the scene, being “initiated” as a sex slave, along with several other female and male performers who were involved in the shoot. According to LaBeau and Pierce (who was also performing), Deen was not scheduled to perform in the scene, but began to participate anyway. At one point in the scene, Deen grabbed a cattle prod, a shocking device that is sometimes used in kink, and held it near her head, which was in direct violation of LaBeau’s “no” list (a list of limitations and boundaries outlined prior to filming) and that Deen was well aware of it.
“The cattle prod makes me go into complete panic,” she said. “When you pull it out, I’m done, I’m scared, I’m crying, I can’t think.”
Despite pleading with Deen that she does not like electricity, she ultimately relented, allowing Deen to use a smaller electrical device on her tongue and breasts. Later, according to LaBeau, Deen, who is known for being somewhat of a “smart ass,” grabbed the list detailing what she was and was not willing to do and began systematically performing these acts. One activity on the list was “foot worship,” which prompted Deen to forcefully put his foot in her mouth. While his foot was in her mouth, LeBeau recalls:
“I just remember him taking his hand really far back and then just hitting me hard. Hard. Like, too hard. I heard and felt an almost crack in my ear, from my ear down to my chin. I couldn’t close my mouth.” It wasn’t the fact of face-slapping that was at issue—in fact she was slapped on her face again later in the scene—but rather the intensity of it.
3. Tori Lux
Adult actress Tori Lux wrote an essay for The Daily Beast saying Deen sexually assaulted her on a “major porn set” in 2011. Lux said Deen approached her and asked her to “sniff his testicles.” When she said no, he allegedly pinned her down and hit her in the face multiple times before forcing her face into his groin. Lux noted that other people were around but did nothing to stop Deen.
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. Disoriented and nursing a sore jaw, I stood up—but before I could collect myself, he grabbed me by my hair and shoved me to my knees, forcing my face into his crotch several times before shoving me to the floor. I was completely stunned, having no idea how to react.
In the aftermath of these, and the other allegations that have come out in the past two weeks, Deen’s career is crumbling. Porn companies like Kink.com have severed ties, and the website The Frisky killed his column for ever. A sex toy in his likeness was also pulled from production.