James Deen addresses sexual assault allegations: 'I am completely baffled'
Porn star James Deen has given another statement to address sexual assault allegations now that nine women have come forward.
"I am completely baffled," Deen told The Daily Beast.
He first spoke about the allegations made by Stoya, who was the first woman to come forward. She claimed that he held her down and raped her. Dean said that he cannot figure out Stoya's motivations for coming up with these claims, but said that she could be angry about the fact that Deen and his current girlfriend are moving in together, or that she just wanted to drive traffic to her website.
"There are public articles all over the internet, written by her, that make the exact opposite claims," he said. "She discusses how we communicated and how we were very careful with consent especially when involved with rough sex."
He also dismissed any sexual assault allegations made by Tori Lux, another porn star who claimed that Deen "ruthlessly attacked and degraded" her.
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"I can safely say that did not happen," he said. "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 ... 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."
According to the article, Deen showed the writer an extremely graphic video of Deen and Stoya having sex, in which Stoya tells Deen to "stop" and that she doesn't "want to do that," to which Deen responded, ""All you have to say is that you don't want to do it, then we won't do it."
Porn star Ashley Fires alleged that Deen assaulted her in the shower at Kink.com and that he "felt entitled" to her body although she repeatedly told him to stop. Deen dismisses these allegations as well.
"In no way at all do I feel entitled to anyone's body on set," he said. "Like I previously said, what stops everything is when someone objects or states discomfort."
Deen also addressed his rape jokes on Twitter that surfaced in the midst of these allegations, where he cracked jokes like "Things I've learned... It's not rape if you yell surprise and if you put enough bbq sauce on anything it will taste ok."
"I think that finding humor in horror is a coping mechanism I use to accept that terrible things happen in the world," he added. "It doesn't mean I condone negative behavior. I have always had a dark sense of humor as I think a lot of people in my circle do as well–dead baby jokes, Holocaust jokes, rape jokes, no arm/no legs jokes, racist jokes ... But making a rape joke does not make one a rapist."
About another accusation made by Ashley Rayne, who told The Daily Beast that when she called Deen a "son of a b-tch" during a scene, his face "twisted and he came down on my face two times," while he "just starts shoving things in to the point where he ripped it and I bled everywhere." Deen actually blamed the media for distorting this particular incident.
"It sounds pretty extreme but I can assure you, as someone who has also been on sets before, this situation was grossly distorted by the press, and as someone who came to my defense stated, this video exists," he explained. "You can clearly see it not happening the way it is represented in the media."
Kora Peters claimed that Deen had anal sex with her although anal sex was a "no" for her, but that Deen allegedly "forced himself in my ass anyway." Once again, Deen claimed that Peters had her own Twitter disputed her own claims.
"This did not happen the way it was retold," he said. "There have been tweets pulled up from her very own twitter feed that dispute her claims. She claimed to never have worked with me again but months after the scene in question was shot she performed in an anal scene with me for my company. She has made previous public comments to inner adult industry people that contradict what she is saying now. If she regrets shooting the scene with me I am sorry to hear this. However, in no way did this event transpire anything like what is described in the media."
In terms of Joanna Angel, who went on SiriusXM last week to discuss her abusive relationship with Deen over the course of six years, Deen only had good things to say about her.
"There are certain exaggerations and inaccuracies in these stories," he said. "For instance, if everything said was accurate it would mean I started doing porn at the age of 17. However, I will absolutely admit to being an emotionally insensitive boyfriend. I will admit to being immature. I will admit to being an overall jerk. I have publicly apologized many times and I will continue to do so. Joanna Angel is one of the smartest and most creative people I have ever had the chance to know."
In the article, Deen also claimed that he "had no knowledge that any limits or boundaries were considered violated."
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