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Porn Star Who Was Criticised For Homophobia Committed Suicide

August Ames

August Ames, a 23 year old porn star, was found dead in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The Ventura County Medical Examiner says that she committed suicide by hanging herself.

August’s birth name was Mercedes Grabowski. She was born in Novo Scotia, Canada, and became a porn star after a short employment as a barmaid. She began performing in 2013, and had won awards from Adult Video News.

Many are saying August killed herself due to backlash she received about her Twitter posts. In these posts, she wrote that she refused to do porn shoots with men who have had sex with other men, because of her fear of them giving her diseases. She warned other female porn stars about this risk, and advised them to make the same decision she did.

Tweets and Backlash

Her first Tweet is as follows: “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. BS is all I can say… Do agents really not care about who they’re representing? #ladirect I do my homework for my body”.

In response to criticism of this post, she added: “NOT homophobic. Most girls don’t shoot with guys who have shot gay porn, for safety. Thats 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.”

Then her final tweet was posted at midnight on December 5th. This was the same day, on Tuesday, when her body was found hours later. It said “fuck y’all”.

Personal Life

August’s close friends have said that she was prone to depression, but the abuse she received online may have caused her suicide.

Ames had starred in over 270 porn films. From her experience, she felt that medical testing was different for gay to straight porn, which is why she didn’t want to take part.

Many women apparently share this view, as they are said to be reluctant to perform shoots with men who have done gay shoots. This is due to their fear that it poses a greater risk of giving them HIV.

Kevin Moore said to Adult Video News: “She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me. Please leave this as a private family matter in this difficult time.”

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