On Saturday, porn actor and writer Stoya came forward on Twitter with claims that ex-boyfriend and fellow adult film star James Deen had raped her. By Sunday evening, Deen took to Twitter himself to publicly deny and condemn Stoya’s testimony.

Prior to Deen’s denial, women both within the adult film industry and outside of it extended their support to Stoya, including Kayden Kross, her business partner.

The website The Frisky previously published a sex advice column by Deen; yesterday, editor-in-chief Amelia McDonnell-Parry announced on Twitter that the site had severed all ties with the actor.

McDonnell-Parry also published a more extensive explanation of her reasoning on the site:

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“From a professional standpoint, as the editor of a woman’s blog which has published the accused’s words, acting swiftly and decisively is the least that I can do. The court of public opinion is not a court of law , and I don’t need Stoya or any woman to ‘prove’ that she has been raped for me to believe her. Women who come out as rape victims are far, far, far too often not believed. This is especially true of women who work in the sex industry, with people actually wondering aloud if porn stars can be raped.”

In the meantime, Deen refers to Stoya’s claim that he “held me down and fucked me while I said no, stop, used my safeword,” as both “egregious” and “false and defamatory.”

Stoya wrote that she was propelled to tell her story because she could no longer countenance descriptions of Deen as “feminist.” “I just can’t nod and smile when people bring him up anymore,” she told her followers.

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Update: Former adult performer Tori Lux has penned an essay for The Daily Beast where she writes that Deen assaulted her in June 2011.


Contact the author at rachel.vorona.cote@jezebel.com.

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