It appears that the news continues to spiral for James Deen, also known as Bryan Sevilla, or as we’re affectionately calling him here, alleged rapist Jimbo. While easing the tension of this tragic story with humor is a natural human phenomenon, there’s absolutely nothing funny about the allegations, or the affects this might have on the industry as a whole.
Release whatever edited segments you want. I stand. Nothing can change that moment where I said stop. Please, no.
— Stoya (@stoya) December 11, 2015
In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, James Deen has been accused of sexual assault by a growing number of female sex performers in the adult industry. As discussed in our earlier report, James Deen is undergoing a public relations nightmare given the accusations. Nearly every individual and organization who once championed the fallen god of male sex performers has turned away in disgust. If the allegations are true, rightly so.
Alleged Rapist Jimbo Baffled
In an article reported by The Daily Beast on the 8th of December, 2015, Aurora Snow coaxed a reluctant Deen to tell his side of the story. In essence, it was perturbing, and amounted to a complete denial of every allegation thus reported. Understandably, James Deen isn’t in the business of admitting to rape. He may yet still be innocent, but the condemnation against him is simply astounding. Snow started the interview where the allegations began, with Stoya’s initial tweet:
James Deen held me down and fucked me while I said no, stop, used my safeword. I just can't nod and smile when people bring him up anymore.
— Stoya (@stoya) November 28, 2015
Deen’s response, however, is absolutely tragic:
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.
James Deen c/o The Daily Beast
This dog just doesn’t hunt. The argument put forth by James Deen, including his anecdotal support of Stoya’s apparent capitalistic greed, is simply a non-starter. Stoya is already a household name. She’s one of a very few adult performers who can be discussed in public company without embarrassment or fear. Much like Sasha Grey, or Shimiken, she’s a much greater asset of pop culture than the majority of porn stars. Why would she burn her career for the sake of jealousy? It certainly wouldn’t be a positive business move to advertise her own videos with James Deen, by alleging that he raped her. Now, if she were the only accuser this might be a viable argument, but she’s not.
The Numbers Keep Counting
According to Hilary Hanson of The Huffington Post, the continuing adventures of ARJ is filled with a long and arduous list of apparent sexual assault. In addition to Stoya, Tori Lux, Ashley Fires, an unidentified woman by the initials T.M., Amber Rayne, Kora Peters, Nicki Blue, LilyLaBeau, Joanna Angel, Bonnie Rotten, Bree Olson, and Farrah Abraham have all come forward to share their stories. There’s just too many women with the same tale to tell to ignore. Mike South, who generally tells it exactly like it is, agrees:
The first thing that concerns me is the floodgate of allegations that happened, and how similar they were. add [sic] to that the fact that the companies he worked for the most abandoned him quickly and decisively left most people with the idea that they knew what was happening.
Mike South c/o MikeSouth.com
Even if the man turns out to be innocent, which seems altogether too unlikely, there’s hope that this ordeal will improve the industry. Frisky, Evil Angel, Kink, and even APAC have made fast work of distancing themselves from Deen, despite a lack of solid evidence. While it may be entirely a public relations move, this shows just how serious rape allegations are; and their impact on the industry as a whole.
A Better Tomorrow
For the sake of putting this tragic story to rest, reports should be filed, and the path to justice should take its full course. In the mean time however, the industry will change; in a very public way. Some have chosen to discuss feminism in porn, and how such a potential betrayal could cause so much damage. Others, like Ashley Fires, have called for safer work environments to prevent further sexual assault. But the real takeaway here is that organizations in this industry need to adapt, and protect their talent. It simply does not matter if the abuser is famous, because the aftermath of their abuse will not be worth the short-term gain.
This is the beginning of positive change, and if the industry wishes to weather this storm, organizations within it would do wise to embrace change and improve relations. So far, it seems to be working. Ultimately, if we protect the performers who put themselves through so much for our pleasure, then the whole industry will invariably come out ahead.
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