Nicki Blue speaks out about being assaulted by James Deen, silenced by Kink.com
An eighth woman has come out with an allegation of being sexually assaulted by James Deen. She has also accused Kink.com of being complicit in covering up Deen’s misdeeds.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, porn actress Nicki Blue says Deen assaulted her when she was 21, after the two had just finished making a film together.
Blue says she first met Deen in the hallways of the Kink Castle in San Francisco and thought “he seemed pretty pleasant and nice.” So, when she decided to lose her vaginal virginity on camera in a movie called “Nicki Blue’s Deflowering,” she asked Deen to be one of the three men who’d participate.
On the day of the shoot, Blue says she noticed Deen behaving inappropriately with some of the other performers but figured that came with the territory. Via Daily Mail:
‘We were all preparing for the shoot and I noticed James constantly slapping women on the a** without getting their consent. But I thought it was just part of the business and that it was acceptable.
‘Some of them did [tell Deen it wasn’t appropriate] but he was kind of like the starlet so could get away with a lot.’
After the shoot, Blue says she went downstairs to the onsite bar, The Big Easy, “to get some ice or something.” It was there she encountered her erstwhile costar and began engaging in consensual activities with him:
‘Everyone was drinking but I wasn’t really because I’m not a huge fan of alcohol. Everyone was having a good time and then James Deen got really horny, because guys get horny when they drink, and he knew I was a virgin.
‘He started slapping me on the ass and there was some light fetish play.
‘It got more extreme and there was music playing so it was hard to hear. I started giving him [oral sex].’
However, Deen soon began to violate her boundaries, a violation that culminated in him penetrating her anally with a beer bottle and urinating in her mouth without her consent:
‘It was nice at first, then it got really rough. I kept trying to pull my head up to say something, it was too rough.
‘But he would just push my head back in so I was choking and I couldn’t say anything.
‘As he was doing it – this is the embarrassing part and why I didn’t say anything – he said “oh my God, I have to go to the bathroom” and he pissed in my mouth.
That was it, I spit it up, I was upset. Then after that, he had the idea of putting the beer bottle up my a**. So that was done.’
Blue says she tried to discuss what had happened on the Kink.com forums, but an administrator deleted her post and banned her from the site:
‘I wrote about my experience with James Deen, saying, “how can he get away with it” and they not only deleted my post but kicked me out so I unable to post in the forum.
‘After that I gave up, I thought ‘whatever, nothing is going to happen.’
‘I would have said something a lot sooner if I felt people would have taken me seriously but they don’t. But then when your stuff gets deleted, it’s just hard.’
She says she considered going to the police but ultimately decided not to because of the terrible way law enforcement is known to treat sex workers, especially those who work in BDSM:
‘When you’re an adult actress, especially in BDSM, and you go to a cop and say ‘Oh I’ve been raped by this guy after doing a scene’, they are not going to take you seriously, like if you were a normal person,’ she said.
In addition to helping bring about Bill Cosby levels of certainty that all these women are telling the truth about Deen, Blue is notable for being the first woman to implicate Kink.com in covering up the misdeeds of their former golden boy. Assuming it’s true, Kink.com’s statement repudiating Deen (below) reads less like a principled stand and more like retroactive ass-covering:
For the Kink.com community, as well as the larger BDSM community, consent and respect are sacrosanct. Effective immediately, Kink.com will cease all ties with James Deen, both as a performer and a producer.
Our performers deserve not only safe sets, but the ability to work without fear of assault. Rape or sexual assault, with or without a safe-word, off-set or on, should never be accepted as a hazard of adult production. While many of the allegations against Deen are new, the pattern is alarming. Over the coming weeks and months, we will review our Model Bill of Rights to strengthen rights of performers off-set, and work with the larger industry to help performers to have been assaulted to more easily come forward.
I have reached out to Kink’s PR representative about this serious allegation and will update if I hear back.
UPDATE, 3:50pm: PR rep Michael Stabile wrote the following to Death and Taxes:
Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. I’ve been digging for information on this all morning. The first anyone at Kink heard about this was this morning in the Daily Mail.
Nicki’s story is incredibly upsetting for a number of reasons. Kink has really prided itself on being an ethical and safe space for performers, and for the larger BDSM community. This wasn’t reported to us at the time, either as a blog post or formal complaint. Had it been, it would have immediately triggered a response from both our model department and our HR department.
As you’ve seen over the past few days, Deen appears to have been very calculating in exploiting situations where people wouldn’t — or couldn’t — report these assaults. While we would never silence or other penalize a performer from coming forward, many still fear speaking up against someone who was so popular and powerful. So the task for us now is to figure out ways to allow performers to file anonymous complaints, to make sure that they know that their safety and ability to consent is as secure on set or off.
I’m attaching our existing model bill of rights and our shooting guidelines. Given the Deen allegations, they’re insufficient, of course. Updated versions, with clearer off set protections for performers and ability to report, will be issued in the coming days.
UPDATE, 4:55pm: When pressed on whether or not Kink believes Blue is lying about having her post removed from the forum, Stabile responded:
No — we’re still looking into it to see if it was possible. This is obviously a very serious claim, and I don’t want to say anything until we can be definitive.
[The Daily Mail | Photo: Nicki Blue]