Porn Stars React With Dismay Over Alleged Assaults on the Set

Porn Stars React With Dismay Over Alleged Assaults on the Set

LOS ANGELES — Last week’s YouTube video recounting alleged assault on the set has prompted adult stars and producers to reflect on an issue that, unfortunately, makes headlines from time to time — consent violations.

On social media, members of the industry were abuzz with comments denouncing alleged occurrences during the production of scenes shot by producer Just Dave.

Last week, adult stars Leigh Raven and Riley Nixon discussed in a YouTube video their alleged assault experiences endured while shooting for director Just Dave.  

The Free Speech Coalition quickly reacted, issuing a statement that “violating consent is not only unethical, it’s criminal.”

Yes, consent is an inviolable principle of porn production. And, yes, sometimes bad actors who allow or are directly involved in abusive behavior get away with it. Sadly, that’s the scenario when a paycheck is at stake, be it in adult entertainment or Hollywood.

Last week, however, Raven and Nixon took their cases to a broad audience and spurred a host of adult performers and directors chiming in.

Romi Rain joined in on the conversation on Twitter, stating that “there are certain acts I'll never do on camera, some people I'll never work with, and specific sites I'll never shoot for.”

Ela Darling tweeted that she believes in women when they’ve been assaulted on the set. “As performers our voices are frequently ignored, denied and dismissed,” she said.

Darling pointed to a downtown Los Angeles event slated tonight for performers — a Cupcake Girls gathering — that will include a therapist to discuss sexual harassment or assault. The event is being supported by the Free Speech Coalition and the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee.

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