Porn star Nikki Benz is suing Brazzers and parent company MindGeek for damages resulting from an alleged sexual assault occuring on camera in which she claimes she was 'waterboarded' with her own underwear, choked and hit so hard in the face that she bled.
Porn actress Nikki Benz is suing sex film studio Brazzers for $5 million over an allegation she was sexually assaulted during an unscripted scene.
Benz, 36, first made the claim in 2016 against Brazzers, porn director Tony T and her co-star Ramon Nomar, alleging she was subjected to a catalogue of violent actions including being choked by Tony and having her head stomped on by Nomar.
In 2017, both men filed a joint defamation lawsuit against Nikki, claiming posts she published on social media about the porno scene were false. They also denied her allegations and the defamation case is still ongoing.
Nikki filed this week a new suit against Brazzers, parent company MindGeek, Tony T and Nomar detailing the graphic violence she claims she was subjected to during the making of the 45-minute BDSM-themed anal sex video. In court documents posted to Twitter by Nikki's lawyer, Nikki alleges she was 'waterboarded' by having her own underwear stuffed into her mouth while "water was poured down her throat causing her to choke". She also details how she was allegedly hit so hard in the head, breast and face that she ended up bleeding, and was touched sexually by Tony despite not giving him consent. She alleges that she told both men to stop and yelled "cut!" several times to express her discomfort.
Nikki says in the legal documents that Tony forced her to record an 'exit interview' on camera after the x-rated scene wrapped, in which she stated she would work with him again in the future. Nikki claims Tony threated to withhold her payment for the shoot unless she did this.
She initially refused, having said on camera that she wouldn't do a similar scene again, but acquiesced with Tony's demand to retract her statement after the threat was made, she claims. Nikki is now seeking at least $5 million in damages for the alleged sexual assault and battery, her attorney Daniel Gilleon told Adult Video News. He said she suffered pain and emotional distress as a result of the shoot.
The porn actress, who played an Ivanka Trump parody in one of her four 2017 films, had tweeted about the scene in question shortly after it was filmed. "I guess rape scenes are in now huh?" she told her followers on December 19 2016. "On set bullying, rape, and violence should never happen. #NoMeansNo on camera, off camera. Just NO!" she wrote a day later.
In response to a fan, she tweeted: "The director himself put his hands on me and was choking me. Never in a million years did I think Brazzers would allow it."
Brazzers published a blog post in response to her allegations and said it did not condone or tolerate any behaviour that would put its performers at risk.
"We have become aware of a controversy surrounding a recent shoot involving Nikki Benz. As most of you already know, we do not produce content ourselves but commission producers to do so on our behalf," it said in the statement. "We understand that this particular scene was an unscripted scene with the artistic direction left open to the producer’s discretion.
"Brazzers does not condone nor does it tolerate conduct by producers that would jeopardize a performer's security or well-being. Given the allegations surrounding the production of this scene, Brazzers will thoroughly investigate its production, and, if necessary will take steps that are reasonably calculated to prevent the alleged behaviour from occurring."
However, after Nikki tweeted a screengrab of what she claimed was a conversation between her friends about the incident, Brazzers changed its tune and cut commercial ties with Tony T.
"It appears that some of the alleged conduct could have occurred, and we took immediate measure to sever our relationship with the producer in question. Not only have we terminated all existing professional engagements with the producer, but any possibility for any future endeavors with this producer have also been quashed," the porn studio said in its second statement.
"We have also refused to purchase the scene in question as it stands in direct contrast with our mandate to ensure that performers’ consent, boundaries and limits are respected. It is our commitment that this offensive scene will never find itself listed as a Brazzers property."