Popular porn star August Ames commits suicide after she is accused of homophobic comments

A well-known porn star with a large social media following has reportedly taken her own life after receiving an onslaught of hateful messages in response to what many perceived as homophobic remark she made.

HollywoodLife reports that August Ames, the stage name for Mercedes Grabowski, was found dead at 23 by hanging in Ventura County, California. The prolific performer reportedly rose quickly in the industry since she began working four years ago. She had over one million Instagram followers and half a million on Twitter.

And it was on Twitter, less than a week ago, that Ames publicly complained about being asked to do a scene with a “crossover” actor, meaning an actor who also performs in gay pornography. In California, porn actors are not required to use protection but instead submit to regular STD tests. Ames refused to perform the scene, and later tweeted about it.

The tweet sparked a vocal backlash, with many social media users accusing Ames of anti-gay language.

She attempted to defend herself with follow-up tweets, but the harassment continued.

The next day, Ames posted her final tweet which said simply, “F*** y’all.”

She was found dead by hanging on December 5. The Ventura County Medical Examiner confirmed to HollywoodLife that the manner of death was determined to be suicide. Friends told the outlet that she had been struggling with depression in the days leading up to her suicide, and that the online bullying contributed to her state of mind.

Ames was originally from Nova Scotia, Canada.

 

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