After multiple allegations of sexual assault were made against him over the weekend, San Francisco-based bondage pornography studio Kink announced Monday that they will “cease all ties” with actor and producer James Deen.

In a statement provided to BuzzFeed News, they wrote:

Our performers deserve not only safe sets, but the ability to work without fear of assault. Rape or sexual assault, with or without a safe-word, off-set or on, should never be accepted as a hazard of adult production. While many of the allegations against Deen are new, the pattern is alarming. Over the coming weeks and months, we will review our Model Bill of Rights to strengthen rights of performers off-set, and work with the larger industry to help performers to have been assaulted to more easily come forward.

Around the same time he was dropped from Kink, Deen announced he would be stepping down from his role as chairperson of the board of directors of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee. The committee responded by saying they recognized “the seriousness of the statements made by performers in the community” and that they would continue to provide performers with “support and guidance.”

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Deen, who has denied all allegations made against him, has yet to comment on either Kink’s actions or his resignation from the APAC.


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