Former Adult Actress Says James Deen Choked Her Until She Blacked Out
A former adult actress said that porn actor James Deen choked her so aggressively during her first adult scene that she passed out, joining a growing list of women who have accused Deen of assault.
Miss Genocide, a former adult film actress who now works in mainstream film as Holly Jee, told LAist she worked with Deen when shooting scenes for alt porn company Burning Angel.
She said she was in her early 20s when she met Deen in New York in 2009, when he was dating adult performer Joanna Angel, the founder of Burning Angel. This was Jee's first time shooting adult scenes, and though she was apprehensive, she said she wanted to trust the people she was working with. She said Deen was nice when she first met him, but aggressive behavior soon emerged.
LAist has reached out to Deen as well as Angel for their comment on her allegations, and we will update this post if we hear back from them.
"[Deen] was doing most of the editing and some of the direction for Burning Angel—he was a huge part of that for a long time," Jee told LAist. "I was shooting with [a different male performer] and in the middle of us shooting, Joanna was doing social media and other business. James told her not to look at her phone and then interrupted the shoot to grab her phone and throw it across the room. The whole room froze and it seemed like this was behavior that had happened before. He said, 'Don't worry, I won't throw it out the car window again.'"
The next day, Jee said she was shooting a PoV—or point-of-view—scene alone with Deen in an apartment where Deen was filming. She said that Joanna was out picking up food for Deen as he likes to eat after filming a scene. She alleged that Deen did not make any attempt to prepare her—a first-time performer—for what was to follow.
"Typically, when you shoot with someone who is brand new, or even if they're not [brand new], you go through how the scene is going to flow—this position, that position. [The performer] will typically tell you how they perform and how they like things. But James did not prepare me for breath play," she said.
Breath play is when someone manipulates their partner's airflow, usually by placing their hand around their partner's throat.
"Breath play is choking, but it's not supposed to be choking to the point of blacking out," Jee explains. "That kills braincells. [Breath play] is supposed to be a little bit of pressure, maybe slightly constricting the breathing, but not preventing the breathing."
Jee said that not only was she unprepared for this act, but that Deen allegedly went overboard, even putting down the camera.
"He put the camera down and choked me until my eyes rolled into the back of my head and I passed out for a couple of seconds. It was only a few seconds, but I had never experienced anything like that. And to put the camera down, and to do that and not warn me? I was scared to bring it up. I've never done this before and James appeared to be this big commodity in the adult industry, so I didn't want to be blacklisted," she said.
"He put the camera down to choke me for his own gain," she continued. "It had nothing to do with the scene at all," she said. "I don't think you even see it [in the scene]."
She claimed she saw more abusive behavior when Angel returned with the food.
"Joanna comes back with some sandwich and Deen said, 'I fucking hate this, you know I hate this.' And he throws it across the room," she said. "And that was the first time I was ever on set, the first company I've ever dealt with and the first male performer [I acted with]."
Jee said that as her adult career continued, she worked with other performers, even engaging in light fetish and breath play, with no incident.
"I've worked with other performers who know what they're doing," she said. "You have to pay attention to the other person and your hand placement. James knows what he's doing. He's proven to be a hostile and somewhat violent person."
She said there was other incidents on set where Deen yelled at her and others, or made disparaging comments while editing video.
"My experience with him from day one has been extremely controlling and narcissistic behavior and I've never liked him. After he and Joanna finally split, I went to [the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo] and walked by his booth and he interrupted an interview to say hi to me. He did a lot of kissing up to Burning Angel girls because he knew it would piss off Joanna. And he accepted an award with his back to the entire audience. That was the icing on the cake."
Jee said she's happy to see production companies dropping Deen—this includes both Kink and Evil Angel, so far—and that she hopes other woman also speak out. She said she also hopes that Deen seeks psychiatric help.
Adult actor Brian Kendrick, who also goes by Brian Street Team, wrote on his personal Tumblr about his own interactions with Deen, saying that he had seen Deen be "overtly mean" to Joanna several times, once screaming at her and calling her a "f*cking moron" for picking up the wrong kind of yogurt. Kendrick wrote that it was impossible to be Deen's friend, and called him a "cold-hearted sociopathic being that does not care if you live, die or get crushed by a passing bus."
He also claimed that Deen once suggested to him that he rip out a female performer's pubic hair during a scene Kendrick was filming for hardcore fetish site Kink.
He mentioned that Deen would tell him stories about other women, including that of accuser T.M., who told LAist that Deen grabbed her the second she walked into a party, pulled her into a side room and forced himself on her. In Deen's version of the events to Kendrick, Kendrick claims Deen called T.M. a "giant whore."
The allegations against Deen began when model, writer and adult performer Stoya tweeted that he had raped her. Stoya and Deen dated throughout 2014. Other adult performers including Nicki Blue, Tori Lux, Lily LaBeau, Ashley Fires, Amber Rayne and Kora Peters have also accused Deen of either sexually assaulting them or of being unnecessarily violent on set during scenes. Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham told The Daily Mail that Deen drugged and raped her after the release of the sex video she made with Deen. Angel, who dated Deen for six years, talked about her relationship with Deen on The Jason Ellis Show on SiriusXM. She alleged that Deen was verbally abusive, called women in the industry "holes for me to put my dick in," and that on one occasion, he repeatedly held her head underwater in a sink during sex for so long she thought she was going to die. She said she also woke up to Deen choking her, though he said he had no recollection of doing so.
Deen has denied the allegations leveled against him so far, both on his own Twitter and in an interview with fellow adult performer Aurora Snow for The Daily Beast. He told Snow he was "completely baffled" by all the allegations. He admitted that he had been a "emotionally insensitive boyfriend" and "overall jerk" to Angel, but said that there were numerous inaccuracies in the other allegations against him.