August Ames Died Because Of Online Bullies, Adult Actress Brett Rossi Says
Adult actress and ex-girlfriend of Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen, Brett Rossi, on Wednesday defended fellow porn actress August Ames after she died Tuesday in Camarillo, California, after reportedly hanging herself.
Ames faced a Twitter backlash Sunday, with many calling her homophobic, after she advised an adult actress against performing with an actor who had featured in adult gay movies.
Suggesting that the backlash may have contributed to Ames taking her own life, Rossi tweeted, “A life wasted simply because HER opinion didn’t mesh with YOURS.”
On Sunday, Ames received a huge Twitter backlash for posting a tweet where she told the “(lady) performer” replacing her for a shoot with porn film company Erotica X that “you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn.”
Reactions to the tweet were swift, with one user even directly asking Ames whether she was a homophobic person.
She defended herself against the charge, saying she was not, adding that many girls don’t shoot porn scenes with male performers who had done gay porn because of safety issues. She also said that she didn’t want to put “my body at risk.”
She followed with another tweet, saying she was attracted toward women herself and hence she couldn’t be a homophobic person.
Ames also tweeted Monday, replying a user who told her to apologize, “I don’t have anything to apologize for! Apologizing for taking extra steps to ensure that my body stays safe? F— you guys attacking me when none of my intentions were malicious. I f—— love the gay community! What the f— ever! I CHOOSE who I have inside my body. No hate. ”
Ames, real name Mercedes Grabowski, was an established adult actress, appearing in over 290 porn films. She won the Adult Video News (AVN) Awards twice, in 2015 and 2017.
As the reason of her death Tuesday was unknown at the time, some of Ames’ friends reportedly claimed that she might have committed suicide as she was suffering from depression.
The Ventura County, Ca. Health Care Agency confirmed Wednesday that Ames death was caused by asphyxia due to hanging. A public information officer of the agency told International Business Times that the “manner” of the death is “suicide.”
Ames was married to adult film director Kevin Moore. In a statement, Moore said, “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.”
Others in the porn fraternity too took to Twitter to mourn her death.
Porn film director Jules Jordan tweeted, saying Ames was one of the “nicest people” he ever knew.
Adult director Mike Quasar tweeted, “Love one another kids. 23 is way too young. Such a sad day.”