Bret Easton Ellis Defends Porn Star Pal James Deen As Sex Assault Allegations Swirl

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American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis has offered his support to embattled porn star James Deen as the adult actor defends himself from a string of sex abuse allegations.

Deen and Ellis became friends when the actor appeared in the adaptation of the author’s screenplay of 2013 film The Canyons, and now the writer has spoken out to defend his pal, insisting he is the victim of an ex-girlfriend intent on ruining Deen’s reputation.

The ex in question is actress Stoya, who claimed Deen had held her down and forcibly had sex with her as she protested in a tweet posted last month.

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Her accusation prompted others to take aim at Deen, with Joanna Angel claiming he attempted to choke her “in his sleep” and Ashley Fires alleging he pushed his erect penis “into my butt” between takes during a porn film shoot. Fires has called Deen “Bill Cosby of porn.”

Ten women have now come forward with allegations of sexual abuse and inappropriate behavior against Deen, costing the actor his sex advice column on women’s website The Frisky, but his friend Easton Ellis is standing by him.

“This whole thing is a ridiculous witch hunt,” the author told The Hollywood Reporter. “Most of the people in James’ close circle know that this is a wild distortion… and when this evidence comes out with texts and emails, it’s going to prove everyone who is #solidaritywithstoya to be ashamed of themselves. So I think that’s part of the problem.”

“I’ve known James before Stoya,” Ellis addeed. “I’ve known him during Stoya. I traveled to Europe with them. I have seen firsthand what was going on in that relationship – and this is a very unstable person. And the threats in texts and emails that James has is part of the reason why he’s remaining kind of cool about this. Because this is all going to come out – that she has threatened rape claims against him at other times in the relationship.”

Ellis accepts his pal arouses “such complicated feelings in people” but adds, “Most people I know who know James are not taking these claims seriously. And, of course, if they say anything supporting him they are immediately labeled ‘rape apologists’ on Twitter and social media.”

“Normally I wouldn’t talk to anybody about this,” he added, “but it is kind of enraging to see how this thing blows up. And how an accusation can actually tarnish someone without them being proven guilty. That really was the shocking thing.”

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