James Deen Accuser to Discuss Consent at Porn Expo

Deen’s former girlfriend Stoya claimed the XXX actor raped her earlier this year

Adult actress Stoya will make her first public appearance since accusing her former boyfriend, porn star James Deen, of rape.

Stoya, who dated Deen in 2013 and claims that he held her down and sexually assaulted her, will take part in a panel about consent at the porn industry’s annual AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas next month.

Titled, “Consent Degrees: Yes, No and Everything in Between,” the panel will discuss ways to make the porn industry safer for actors.

“Adult performers of all gender orientations operate in a world where they must create the illusion of ecstasy even though sometimes they may not always be having a good time,” the panel’s description reads. “We’ll bring together a group of experts and industry veterans to discuss how the adult community can work to make sure performers particularly young newcomers are comfortable about speaking up if they’re not really down with what’s happening on and off set.”

Stoya accused Deen of raping her in a tweet in November that sent shockwaves through the adult industry, with many cutting their ties with the popular porn star.

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 tweeted.

Since then, eight more women have come forward with accusations of sexual abuse or assault at the hands of Deen.

Multiple allegations have claimed that the assaults took place on adult-film sets.

In one alleged instance, porn actress Amber Rayne claimed that she was filming a scene with Deen when she called him a “son of a bitch,” which allegedly angered Deen, who Rayne claims punched her in the face twice and raped her.

Deen has denied the allegations on his Twitter account, and earlier this month told the Daily Beast that he was “completely baffled” by the allegations, going so far as to suggest that Stoya may be angry because he is moving in with his current girlfriend.

Amid the growing sexual assault allegations, the state of California launched its own investigation into “serious workplace health and safety violations” by his company, James Deen Productions. The investigation was launched following a complaint by the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

The AHF complaint alleges that Deen’s company repeatedly violated Measure B, which requires condoms be used in porn films shot in Los Angeles County. Voters passed the ballot measure in 2012.