Coming to His Own Defense
Hilary Hanson of The Huffington Post recently referred to Deen as the “Bill Cosby of Porn,” making reference to the fact that a seemingly endless string of women with allegations began to emerge not long after Stoya made her initial claims. His only public statement since Stoya’s initial allegation was a series of tweets and an Instagram post in which he called the accusations “egregious” and said, “I want to assure my friends, fans and colleagues that these allegations are both false and defamatory.”
Deen finally broke his silence regarding the rape allegations, coming to his own defense in an interview conducted by fellow porn actress Aurora Snow, published in The Daily Beast. Here are some of the highlights of the interview. Snow did not shy away from asking Deen some tough, hard-hitting, and in my opinion, extremely well thought out questions. Snow asks him directly about some of the allegations coming from the nine women who stepped forward., as well as Deen’s opinions on consent, rape humor and rape culture in the porn industry.
Snow began her interview by asking Deen why Stoya would make her initial allegations on Twitter. His is quick to blame the bitterness left behind after what he describes as a “messy” breakup with Stoya as a key motivator behind her actions.
I do not know at all. I am completely baffled. I also can’t speak to her motivations…What I do know is that Stoya and I did not have a clean break up. It was pretty messy, full of a lot of emotions and both Stoya and I are to blame for that…The reason Stoya made this claim could be as simple as her finding out that my current girlfriend and I are moving in together.”
Snow goes on to question Deen about the Tori Lux allegations, asking him to clarify what really happened on set that day. Deen immediately denies the description of events in question provided by Lux, arguing that the rough nature of the scene filmed was all part of the context of the film, which criticizers are seemingly missing.
“I can safely say that did not happen. All of the accusations are from either ex-girlfriends or events that happened on set. I always try to take responsibility for my actions and apologize when needed. As far as these other claims, at a certain point I feel like people have to step back and analyze this stuff in context. Most of these are descriptions of things on BDSM or rough sex sets. When I am on set I am under instruction of the company who is paying me. I will just say this: my job as a performer for rough sex companies is to engage in certain acts. If at any point I pushed boundaries past the point of comfort, I am sorry. I have always tried to respect peoples’ limits and safe words and operated within that space.”
Stoya asked Deen a very interesting question part way through the interview, asking for his perspective on the differences in consent between the real world and porn industry.
“On every set I have been on the thing that stops everything is: “I don’t feel comfortable.” There are third parties and supervision. There is a disconnect because the person who is having the sex is oftentimes doing it under instruction from a director.”
Styoa followed up by asking: Where do you draw the line between an aggressive violent sex performance and reality? Does that line ever become difficult to define? Does your environment change how you behave towards women? For example, what’s it like to work at the Armory for Kink.com, which is treated like one big porn set?
“Kink.com is a very unique and specific example. They are the only company that I have worked for who puts all the models in one building on one floor unsupervised with access to alcohol and various sex toys, as well as a communal bathroom. It creates a very non-stop sexual environment which is very conducive to producing great content. On most sets there is a natural safety net because you know that there is a walk-on location that changes depending on the day, and there is no blurry line as to when the day starts and ends. I don’t think you can blame an environment for someone’s actions. I can say that the type of content desired by the person who is paying me changes the types of performances I create, and the type of performance desired would be enhanced by the environment, so a smart producer/director would ensure to create the right environment to dictate the type of performance they want.”