Adult actress Tasha Reign, who is 29 years old, said she was assaulted by a member of the crew while filming a pornographic movie – “The Set Up”- on November 29th. Now, she’s taking direct aim at the film’s director Stormy Daniels, claiming she failed to act after being groped.
Daniels – whose real name Stephanie Clifford – is currently suing President Donald J. Trump after alleging she had sex with him in 2006.
As The Daily Beast reported:
“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, along with Michael Vegas. She noted that on November 14 (the first day of shooting), everything went relatively smoothly—save an uncomfortable conversation about accused sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein.
Reign says that Stormy 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. (Previously, Daniels has made statements critical of #MeToo on her Twitter account.)
But on day #2, that’s when something horrible allegedly happened (WARNING: graphic language):
“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.”
Reign noted that Stormy failed to act, after being told what happened: “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.”
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
Stormy Daniels herself has her own history of actual assault. According to The Smoking Gun, she was arrested in 2009 after allegedly battering her husband because she was upset about “the way the laundry had been done.”
At the time, she was considering a candidacy from Lousiana for the United States Senate. Here is Stormy’s mugshot from the incident:
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