Porn star James Deen is still being honored for his work despite sexual abuse allegations

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Things haven't been the same for porn star James Deen since nearly a dozen women accused him of sexual assault last fall. The performer, once deemed the "well-hung boy next door," certainly lost some standing in the adult industry after his ex-girlfriend, fellow adult performer Stoya, publicly accused him of abuse in late November 2015.

Still, his career hasn't exactly suffered. For proof, just look to the spate of nominations Deen recently received from the industry's biggest awards shows.

Nearly one year to the day after Stoya first accused Deen of assault, major awards ceremonies XBiz and the AVN Awards announced the formerly adored performer is up for 18 different awards — for films he's done since the allegations, because production companies and performers continue to work with him.

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Actor James Deen poses during the photocall of 'The Canyons' presented out of competition during the 70th Venice Film Festival on August 30, 2013 at Venice Lido. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 22: Adult film actor James Deen attends the 2015 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 22, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 24: Adult film actor James Deen (L) and comedian/journalist Gaby Dunn arrive at the 2015 Adult Video News Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 24, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 30: Actor James Deen and his girlfriend Stoya attends 'The Canyons' Premiere during The 70th Venice International Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 30, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 30: Actor James Deen attends 'The Canyons' Premiere during The 70th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo Del Cinema on August 30, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
Actor James Deen poses for photographers at the photo call for the film The Canyons at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival held from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, in Venice, Italy, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/David Azia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Adult film actress Stoya and Adult film actor James Deen attend The BIG Annual 30th XRCO Awards hosted by Ron Jeremy held at OHM at Hollywood & Highland on April 16, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 30: Actor James Deen attends 'The Canyons' Premiere during The 70th Venice International Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 30, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 06: Actor James Deen attends the premiere of 'The Canyons' at The Standard Hotel on August 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 09: Adult film actress Joanna Angel (L) and adult film actor James Deen arrive at the 27th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at the Palms Casino Resort January 9, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Actor James Deen attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 31, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 30: Actor James Deen kisses his girlfriend Stoya at 'The Canyons' Premiere during The 70th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo Del Cinema on August 30, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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According to a recent analysis by Vocativ, although Deen's output has diminished noticeably in the wake of the abuse allegations, he's continued to get plenty of work throughout 2016. Including the performances that got him his most recent AVN and XBiz nominations, Deen has starred in 114 adult films since Nov. 28, 2015, (down from 142 the year prior). While he produced roughly a quarter of them, other production companies were responsible for the rest — indicating the industry might have gotten over its initial disaffection with Deen.

"Very little has changed in James' life over the last year," Howard Bragman, Deen's spokesman, told Vocativ. "He is not subject to any cases either criminal or civil, and he is continuing the same work he did before in the entertainment industry."

Porn star James Deen is still being honored for his work despite sexual abuse allegations
James Deen has been honored with several award nominations this year, even after being accused of sexual assault by his ex-girlfriend, Stoya, and several other women.
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What's unclear, however, is whether the adult entertainment community has also gotten past its concerns about ensuring performer safety and consent, which the accusations against Deen brought front and center.

When Stoya's allegations were followed by additional accounts of abuse from stars Tori Lux and Ashley Fires, studios like Kink.com — which was involved in several of the allegations against Deen — dropped the beleaguered performer from its roster in the name of actors' safety. And a number of other performers also said they would no longer work with him. At the 2015 AVN Awards, where Deen was honored with 33 nominations and took home two awards, his presence was met with confusion and unease.

"He's walking around probably just because that's what his PR people told him to do, but I don't know any companies that are shooting him other than his own company," adult performer Tasha Reign said of Deen's appearance at AVN in January. "I feel uncomfortable with it. Not because he's going to do something ... It's just that it's uncomfortable that he honestly hasn't been punished for those actions."

It seems much of the industry doesn't share that discomfort, though. Where some performers hoped and believed the myriad allegations against Deen would make adult production companies more stringent about ensuring consent, that doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon. The more likely outcome? Deen could be named male performer of the year, an award for which XBiz and AVN both nominated him.


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