OK, so they're together, but not like together together...
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James Deen is ready to talk.
Last month, the porn star's ex-girlfriend and fellow X-rated performer Stoya was the first in a series of women to accuse James of rape. Since then 8 other women, including Farrah Abraham, have come forward claiming they were assaulted by 29-year-old. Yikes!
Not to mention, as Deen remained relatively silent on the matter many businesses cut ties or distanced themselves with the well-known sex icon.
It seems that this most recent blow to his previously "squeaky clean" image may have been the last straw — as James has FINALLY come forward to talk, outside of Twitter, about the allegations with the Daily Beast.
The porn star comments on his past relationship and breakup with Stoya:
"I do not know at all. I am completely baffled. I also can't speak to her motivations. There are public articles all over the internet, written by her, that make the exact opposite claims. She discusses how we communicated and how we were very careful with consent especially when involved with rough sex. What I do know is that Stoya and I did not have a clean break up. It was pretty messy, full of a lot of emotions and both Stoya and I are to blame for that. She made threats towards me and harassed one of my employees. She spit at this employee as well as sending very inappropriate texts. I have spent this past week terrified and confused so I can't help but run through the details of our relationship in my head. The reason Stoya made this claim could be as simple as her finding out that my current girlfriend and I are moving in together. We have mutual friends, one of our friends notified Stoya of this information. It could be as calculated as Stoya trying to drive traffic to her website. Which I have to say is very well done and I am proud to have the movie I produced for her up on the site, but the same day this happened she pinned a tweet about her site that just so happened to have an update with me in it right above this madness. I can't speak to her reasoning or motivations."
JD claims the incident with Tori Lux did NOT happen but clarifies that any "rough sex" was because of on-set instructions:
"I can safely say that did not happen…Most of these are descriptions of things on BDSM or rough sex sets. When I am on set I am under instruction of the company who is paying me. I could describe the events of the scene I was in the other day and it could be just as dramatic. I have no desire to blame people who consider themselves victims or throw stones. I will just say this: my job as a performer for rough sex companies is to engage in certain acts. 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. If someone expressed anything to me I honored the request with the fullest care."
On how he only sees himself as a "pornographer":
"I have never claimed to be a feminist or a nice guy, or the boy next door or anything like that. I am a pornographer. It's all I ever wanted to be. I believe in respect and equality and doing unto others but that does not make me anything more than a pornographer who believes in these values."
In regards to joking about rape in the past:
"I think that finding humor in horror is a coping mechanism I use to accept that terrible things happen in the world. 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. I don't condone prejudice. I operate outside of the overly-PC public world we live in. I'm not PC. But making a rape joke does not make one a rapist."
The accused opens up about sex on-and-off camera:
"Performers have sex in front of the camera in ways they for the most part are either comfortable with or enjoy. Performers will continue this type of sex when the camera is not rolling to keep the sexual energy present. And oftentimes, the performers will meet off-set and engage in similar types of sex. The rules always still apply. Things can get extreme, but when things are called to a halt or someone is being disrespected, it is seen the same as anywhere else in the world."
Deen shares his reaction to JUST learning about the accusations:
"Until recently, I had no knowledge that any limits or boundaries were considered violated. Some of these women and I have remained friends with no mention of this until now. As far as why they are coming forward, I have heard many stories from many different performers who have engaged in all sorts of various acts and then after either retiring, taking a break, or slowing down in the adult industry, change their desires and perceptions about things that have happened in the past. I HATE the idea that something a performer experienced would ever be a thing they regretted or that they considered a violation after the fact. I don't want to blame other people, especially the victim, but if people don't communicate things when they're happening then it is not possible to honor retroactive boundaries."
On how he plans to set the record straight:
"…I'm not going to play whack-a-mole with every accusation and do to their reputations what they are trying to do to mine. I know some people will understand me and what I'm saying, and some may be offended by it and say even worse things as a result. We live in a world where accusations get great attention and no one really seems to want to get the truth. I'm in porn, and when you take porn activity into polite society it sounds really twisted. The media needs stories and I can see how this is one hell of a story. And finally, I want to remind people that I am not the subject of any lawsuits, I am not under criminal investigation, and at this moment I have no intention of filing defamation suits against false accusations."
What did YOU think about what James had to say?! Be sure to let us know in the comments (below)!
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