Joanna Angel Details Ex-Boyfriend James Deen's Alleged Abuse


In an interview on The Jason Ellis Show Wednesday, porn star Joanna Angel spoke in detail for the first time about her allegedly abusive relationship with James Deen, who has been accused of violent behavior by multiple women, both in professional and personal settings. Deen’s fans are “supporting a monster,” Angel said.

Angel brought a notebook with her to the show with notes she had about the relationship, clarifying that Deen’s behavior “does not represent porn; this represents a specific individual.” As BuzzFeed notes, Angel went into detail with Ellis—a former pro-skateboarder who now has his own Sirius XM show—about her six-year relationship with Deen, which she said started off well and then devolved into emotional and physical abuse. For example:

When she moved in with him in Los Angeles, Angel said their relationship took a turn: “I started seeing red flags.” He was, she said, “extremely controlling” of who she worked with and what she was doing. Though Deen was having sex with other women, both at work and not, when it came to Angel, “he considered almost anything cheating, even masturbating.” He would verbally abuse her, she said, telling her she looked like a “fucking whore” and berating her for wearing what he considered too much makeup. Though she was living with him, she said he would not give her a key to the house.

Angel also described one specific instance where Deen allegedly put her head under water in the sink while they were having sex, prompting to her to think, “I’m going to die here,” and multiple instances of Deen choking her while she was sleeping, none of which he would claim to remember doing the next day.

“In all these things I’m not accusing him of a crime he did to me,” she said (although the behavior she outlines would seem to constitute domestic partner abuse). “He was an asshole, he was a horrible boyfriend, it’s not against the law to be a horrible boyfriend. I’m coming out to say he was a really shitty boyfriend. He knows he was a shitty boyfriend, and I don’t think he would try to say otherwise.”

“How does he keep getting these awesome girls?” Angel said she wondered about Deen’s other ex-girlfriends, Princess Donna and Stoya, both of whom she suggested she’d talked to since about their (negative) experiences with him.

“I mean people know,” she said, alluding to industry knowledge about the pair’s history. “The people from the AVN Awards would make sure we weren’t backstage at the same time.”

“I would love for him to not be around the porn industry,” Angel said of Deen’s future career prospects. “It seems like it’s going in that direction, I mean who knows.”

She seemed puzzled by Deen’s rise in popularity though. “Why did the world latch onto him?” she said. “There’s other good-looking young porn stars out there.”

“This is a person that said to me, ‘Girls in porn are holes for me to put my dick in.’”

And she did not mince words on reporters who had previously asked her for positive comments about Deen and ignored her negative remarks who are suddenly interested in her.

All these fucking reporters who didn’t take me seriously when I said, he’s a jerk, he’s an asshole, I don’t want to talk about him—Now all you guys want to hear the story? Now all you people want to know why he’s an asshole? When I said it before you looked at me like I was insane.

Angel doesn’t seem to be harboring any resentment, receiving support for sharing her story from fellow Deen accusers, like Ashley Fires and Stoya. “I feel very happy, I have peace, it feels like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders.”

Update: in an interview with the Daily Mail published Thursday, Nicki Blue alleged that Deen sexually assaulted her at party after they had finished filming her first pornographic movie, Nicki Blue’s Deflowering.

‘He started slapping me on the a** 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]. 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 p***** 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.’

Deen has yet to further comment on the allegations against him.

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