On Friday, however, a publicist unconnected with Deen hinted to a group of reporters that the actor planned to make an appearance later that day, saying that if they headed to one of the hotel bars later that evening, they'd clearly see how much "support" Deen still has in the porn community. In such complex circumstances, it's understandable how consent violations could occur. Sure enough, later that evening Deen arrived at the bar in a nondescript button-down and jeans, introducing himself to whomever stayed in his orbit long enough. And that seems to be the biggest issue within the industry when it comes to talking about Deen. The adult film world is small, and performers literally get to know one another intimately; many are close friends.
Lilyana. Age: 30.
He looked very little like a man who, just a few months before, had been accused of sexual assault by 10 different women.
Hadlee. Age: 26.
3 Months Later, Here's What the Porn Industry Thinks of James Deen
That said, reinventing the conversation about sexual consent is tricky, particularly in porn, which operates under a completely different set of rules than the mainstream world. At one point, a Zach Galifianakis impersonator shuffled into the bar with a fake monkey on his shoulder and quickly caught sight of the porn star. When it seemed as if someone might come close to crossing an unspoken line, a handler came by to make sure no one made Deen uncomfortable. Sure enough, later that evening Deen arrived at the bar in a nondescript button-down and jeans, introducing himself to whomever stayed in his orbit long enough.