Warning: This articles deals with suicide and may be distressing for some readers.
Porn actor Jaxton Wheeler has denied claims he drove adult film actor August Ames to suicide by telling her to “take a cyanide pill” over Twitter. Ames, 23, was found dead in a public park in California in the early hours of Tuesday morning, December 5.
Wheeler’s comments were part of a cyber bullying attack that came after Ames tweeted a warning to the actress replacing her in a shoot.
“Whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXNews, you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know,” Ames shared with her 600,000 followers on Monday morning.
Ames wanted the actress to know the male co-star was a “crossover” – someone who works on both straight and gay porn – because, she explained later, some women prefer not to work with gay actors due to health concerns.
Immediately, Ames was labelled a homophobe and leading this charge was Wheeler.
“Oh poor sweet ignorant @AugustAmesxxx,” he tweeted. “Ever heard of talent testing? I’d shove your sock in your mouth before blasting ignorance.”
“You f*cking hoe @AugustAmesxxx, you’re a piece of sh*t,” he continued. “WE ALL GO IN THE SAME PASS SYSTEM.”
The situation disintegrated rapidly.
Ames denied her comments were homophobic – explaining she, herself, was bisexual – and apologised immediately for offending anyone.
She tried to use humour to diffuse the situation. It failed.
She attempted reason – that it was her body and therefore should be her choice. That failed, also.
And she tried meeting anger with anger, “F*ck you guys attacking me when none of my intentions were malicious. I love the gay community! I CHOOSE who I have inside my body. No hate.”
Her every attempt to rationalise, explain and undo any damage fell flat. Twitter was alight with rage and people behind shiny screens were throwing words around without thinking of their impact.
“The world is awaiting your apology or for you to swallow a cyanide pill. Either, or, we’ll take it,” Wheeler said.