Tasha Reign: I Was Assaulted on a Stormy Daniels Porn Set. And She Did Nothing.

Tasha Reign: I Was Assaulted on a Stormy Daniels Porn Set. And She Did Nothing.

On the morning of April 17, Stormy Daniels made a hotly-anticipated appearance on The View.

On the morning of April 17, Stormy Daniels made a hotly-anticipated appearance on The View.

Flanked by her omnipresent attorney, Michael Avenatti, the adult actress/director defended her decision to speak out against President Trump and his attorney, Michael Cohen—two men she's suing over a $130,000 payoff and accompanying non-disclosure agreement intended to muzzle her over an alleged affair with the president.    

During the interview, Daniels claimed that, shortly after she first told her story to In Touch magazine back in 2011, a man approached her in a Las Vegas parking lot and threatened her life, urging her to “leave Trump alone” and “forget the story.” The duo then released a composite sketch of the purported parking-lot assailant, with Daniels explaining that she didn't go to the authorities seven years ago because she both feared for her safety and, as a newly-minted mother, didn't want her husband at the time to learn about the supposed Trump tryst. She did, however, concede that, “I always feel like you should stand up for yourself and you should report it.”

On the other side of the country in sunny Los Angeles, Tasha Reign was tuning in to Daniels' sit-down and couldn't believe what she was hearing.

“It's very upsetting to see her speak like that and then I think, but I know the real you,” says Reign. “I was there. I saw what you did.”

I'm seated with Reign at a restaurant in West Hollywood. About an hour into our interview, one where she defended Daniels for “doing our industry justice” in her battle against the Trump apparatus (Reign is a liberal) and called out Jimmy Kimmel for his “disgusting” treatment of her during their late-night chat, the 29-year-old begins to tear up.

“It's tricky...,” she says, her voice cracking with emotion, “because I don't even like Stormy. I don't like her at all.”

Reign says she has a “horrible story” to tell me about herself and Daniels.

“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 November 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 was the lead in the film, starring alongside the adult actor Michael Vegas. She even had some meaty dialogue. On November 14, the first day of the shoot, she says everything went relatively smoothly—save an uncomfortable conversation about accused sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein. Reign says that Daniels was “basically making fun of the Me Too movement, in so many words,” joking to the crew, “Oh, I could be seen as Harvey Weinstein because I'm flirtatious with my crewmembers and I can be inappropriate.” It made Reign uncomfortable, but she let it go. (Daniels has made statements critical of #MeToo on Twitter.)

After the disappointing meeting with Daniels, Reign says that she contacted the executives at Wicked Pictures—including owner Steve Orenstein—and they immediately had a meeting.

“We've had about five meetings since then, and I felt heard at first,” says Reign. “Steve is promising me that Wicked is going to implement new training policies and they'll be the first company to do it. That gave me chills, because it would be so great that this good thing came from this bad thing, and maybe the rest of the industry will look at Wicked and follow suit.”

“But later on,” she adds, “Steve talks to the crewmember and he says, ‘Well, that never happened.' He's denying it happened, and even Stormy is denying it happened—and she wasn't there when it happened, so how could she know? I have a lawyer, so I'm still deciding what to do. The owner of Wicked said in an email that it's ‘resolved' because [the crewmember] will never work there again since Stormy doesn't work there anymore, and he was only working there because of Stormy. I was like, that's not ‘resolved,' that's ‘convenient.' I asked about where the new papers are or actions that they were going to implement, and it's been radio silence for the last two months.”

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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