James Deen, one of the most famous porn stars in the industry, has remained relatively quiet after ten women have accused him of graphic sexual assaults. But in a new interview with The Daily Beast, he denies he assaulted anyone and blamed the culture around rough sex on adult film sets for misunderstandings.
His ex-girlfriend, fellow porn star Stoya, accused him of rape Nov. 28, and since then, nine other women, including Teen Mom* star Farrah Abraham, have come out accusing him of assault. Several companies have since dropped Deen, like Kink.com and Evil Angel, though Deen says he dropped the latter company a year ago and they're just saying they dropped him now for publicity.
In the email interview, Deen said accusations either came from ex-girlfriends or partners during scenes that involved rough sex or BDSM, and that he didn't know any limits were being violated. "I will just say this: my job as a performer for rough sex companies is to engage in certain acts," he said. "If at any point I pushed boundaries past the point of comfort, I am sorry." He said he outlined the rules of consent on sets and that he followed them, and added that that the adult film industry should have a better process for reporting misconduct and getting rid of the pressure for stars to perform in ways they're not comfortable with.
Deen said he was "shocked" and "completely baffled" by Stoya's initial claims against him. He said that his breakup with Stoya was messy and said that he wonders if she accused him of rape because he is currently about to move in with his current girlfriend, Chanel Preston, or simply because she wants to drive traffic to her website. But he provided interviewer Aurora Snow, who is a former adult actress, with a link to what he says is raw footage of him and Stoya respectfully dealing with boundaries while filming a scene.
He also insinuated that his accusers may have been paid to disparage him. "Multiple women have told me journalists have offered them up to five thousand dollars for stories about me," he said. "Again, I'm not blaming the victim and if anything ever happened that was over the line I want to apologize and ensure that when communicated these things DO NOT HAPPEN. At this point I am just waiting for everyone who has ever disliked me ever from my entire life to come out with some extreme story or interpretation of how horrible I am."
Deen also distanced himself from the label of being a feminist porn star. "I have never claimed to be a 'feminist' or 'the boy next door,'" he said. But in an August interview with Elle.com, he more or less said he was, after protesting at first. "I wouldn't consider myself a feminist," he said. "People are just people. Some people are assholes. Some of those people are men, some of them are women. At the end of the day I want everyone to have the respect that they deserve and to respect people's civil liberties and rights. I don't know, maybe I am a fucking feminist!"
So far, only one of his accusers has responded to the interview. Kora Peters, who claimed Deen forced her into having anal sex that she did not consent to on camera, has now said that he offered her drugs and alcohol to film the scene.