Female Porn Star Found Dead After Refusing To Perform With Man Who Had Done Gay Porn

August Ames was harassed on social media and labeled a homophobe.

Adult film star August Ames, 23, was found dead this week in an apparent suicide from hanging, The Blast reports.

Ames had faced severe online backlash after tweeting last weekend that she would not do a scene with a male performer who had previously done gay porn, fearing the scene would put her at a higher risk of contracting HIV.

“Most girls don’t shoot with guys who have shot gay porn, for safety,” Ames explained on Twitter, noting that HIV testing differs between straight and gay sex scenes. “That’s just how it is with me. I’m not putting my body at risk, I don’t know what they do in their private lives.”

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While some fans and performers rushed to her defense, many others accused Ames of being homophobic and demanded that she issue an apology.

“How am I homophobic if I myself am attracted to women?” Ames tweeted. “Not wanting to have sex with gay men is not homophobic; they don’t want to have sex with me either.”

“Apologizing for taking extra steps to ensue that my body stays safe? Fuck you guys attacking me when none of my intentions were malicious,” she continued. “I fucking love the gay community!”

Although friends and loved ones believe the online harassment may have contributed to her death, Ames had been open about her struggles with mental health issues such as bipolar depression and dissociative identity disorder.

“She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me,” says her husband, adult filmmaker Kevin Moore.

Since entering the adult film industry in 2013, Ames had starred in more than 270 films, earning a nomination for Best New Starlet at the 2015 AVN Awards.  

“I am so disappointed in some of the people in the adult industry,” porn icon Jenna Jameson says, specifically calling out females who had attacked Ames on social media. “Her blood is on their hands.”

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