An adult film star claims that she was sexually assaulted last November on the set of a film directed by Stormy Daniels. The actress also claims Daniels did little to address the assault, committed by one of her own crew members, and later tried to sweep the incident under the rug.
Tasha Reign (pictured above, right) has worked in the adult film industry for some time, and was hired as the lead in an adult film directed by Daniels last November. The actress has come forward with her story of what happened to her on Daniels’ set, after seeing her appear in interviews and on The Jimmy Kimmel Show talking about her alleged affair with President Trump years ago. While Daniels claimed to be motivated by the #MeToo movement and the empowerment of women, Reign claims Daniels is a different person away from the cameras.
“I was sexually assaulted by one of her crewmembers. He groped and grabbed me from behind,” she says, wiping away tears. “I spoke up immediately because I was in the moment, and I was so proud of myself. She was the director that day, I went straight to her and straight to the man that did it, we had a conversation about it, I went to the owner of Wicked Pictures, I did all the right things. And she did not handle the situation appropriately, respectfully, or professionally. So it’s a little bit outrageous when I hear her say things about how she is standing up for women and wants to be a voice for other women to be able to come forward when I was assaulted on her set and she didn’t give me any care or attention, and didn’t even send that man home.”
According to Reign, the alleged incident in question occurred on Nov. 15 of last year during the filming of The Set Up, an adult movie directed by Daniels and produced under the Wicked Pictures banner.
“I’d always looked up to Stormy,” recalls Reign. “I’d shot for her before, ran into her at conventions. We even traveled once to Seattle at the beginning of my career when I believe they were considering me for a contract-girl position at Wicked. I know her, so I was stoked.”
Reign claims Daniels joked about the #MeToo movement and even compared herself to Harvey Weinstein, saying her actions on the set were often inappropriate.
Then on day two of filming, Nov. 15, she tells me that after getting her hair and makeup done and posing for stills—the hardcore photos that are used as online banners for videos—she was asked to fill out paperwork in another room.
“I’m fully clothed in my outfit, I’m standing and signing my paperwork, and all of a sudden I feel two hands from behind me grab my ass and make sexual moaning noises,” remembers Reign. “I felt a pit in my stomach and thought, shit, my scene partner, Michael Vegas, is in the other room… who is this?”
She continues: “So I turn around and it’s a crewmember from set. I look him directly in the eye and go, ‘What the fuck are you doing?’ and I look so upset. So I thought, OK, I can either ruin my makeup, which took an hour and a half to do, or I can go do my scene as quickly as it’s going to take and then as soon as it’s over, I can go and confront Stormy, the director who has all the power that day on set, and the man that did this to me.”
As soon as the scene ended and Daniels yelled “cut,” Reign says she began bawling her eyes out. “My poor partner was like, ‘What did I do!’ and I said, ‘Michael, you didn’t do anything.’ He looked alarmed and so concerned. He’s a good guy,” offers Reign.
Vegas corroborated Reign’s post-scene emotional state, telling The Daily Beast, “I remember the shoot. Relaxed mood. Scene went fine. Right after we wrapped and there was some shuffling around I remember seeing Tasha come back into the room. Her demeanor had changed but it was hard to tell why or what had happened. Everything came to a halt so that the issue could be addressed, and everyone on set seemed concerned for the well-being of us as performers. But I don’t know if there was ever a real resolution.”
There wasn’t, alleges Reign: “So then I confront Stormy and this guy in the hallway and I’m like, ‘This is what happened. What on earth were you thinking?’ The guy starts backpedaling and goes, ‘Oh, I was just trying to get through.’ And I said, ‘If you were trying to get through, why did you grope me? And why did you make sexual moaning noises?’ and he says, ‘Oh, it was a joke.’ I said, ‘That’s sexual harassment and assault. If you don’t know that, that’s a problem.’ Stormy is there, and she’s totally silent. Just neutral. Which is such a problem. He says sorry, starts talking about how he has a family—which all men do when they get accused.”
Reign then claims Daniels chastised her for chewing out the crewmember and minimizing the incident.
In January, Reign went public with the allegation on Twitter. Daniels fought back.
I was innapropriately groped and sexually harassed by one of the men on your crew November 15th right before my BG scene. Which you were then made aware of that day. You continued to allow him to stay on the set with no reprocussion. I never questioned your directorial skills.
— Tasha Reign (@TashaReign) January 15, 2018
Reign says the company producing the film, Wicked Pictures, promised to make changes after she made them aware of the assault. Their stance has since changed, and no action has been taken.
When I brought Reign’s account to Wicked Pictures, they issued a statement through their spokesperson that read: “We have been and are appropriately investigating.” Pressed further, the company refused to elaborate.
“Now I have to decide on my next steps,” Reign says. “I have to speak up, because this is unacceptable. And I’m not after money. I’ll sue you for a dollar, I don’t care about the money. What I want is for you to recognize, a) This occurred, and b) Here are the new protocols that people have to follow on set, because on a porn set things happen just like every other job, and they’re not being treated the same as every other job. And it’s not OK.”
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