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A porn director, Craven Moorehead, has filed a $10 million defamation suit against an adult film star, Aria Lee, who accused him of sexual assault.

In June, up-and-coming porn performer Lee alleged in a video posted to Twitter — and subsequently in an interview with porn trade Adult Video News — that she was sexually assaulted by Moorehead twice last year.

Lee claimed that the first alleged incident occurred on the set of an X-rated film the duo worked on for Gamma Films’ “Pure Taboo” series at a private residence in LA, in October of 2019. Lee told AVN that the second assault occurred months later, in December of last year, in Moorehead’s car — when he was driving her to the set of a mainstream horror film in which he’d helped her get cast as an extra.

But Moorehead’s suit, filed in LA Superior Court this month, calls Lee’s allegations, “false, malicious, defamatory and hurtful.” The suit claims that while Moorehead “believes that every claim of sexual assault should be taken seriously,” he “vehemently denies” Lee’s version of events as “outlandish, outright fabrications.”

The court documents also allege that Lee’s Twitter post and subsequent interview with AVN was “full of contradictions inconsistencies and outright lies.”

According to the complaint, Gamma Films said in a statement in June that it had previously conducted an independent investigation of the alleged incident on its set that had determined, “it has been impossible to validate the veracity of the allegations in question.”

Vice subsequently reported — in a piece called, “A New Wave of Reckoning Is Sweeping the Porn Industry,” about women reporting assaults on porn shoots — that Gamma later moved to “sever ties” with Moorehead and his company, Black Wings Media.

But Moorehead claims in his suit that he was only fired because of the public backlash and negative publicity after Lee’s allegations.

Lee told AVN in June that, “I want Craven to never work in the porn industry again… I want the entire porn industry to know what he did to me. I am completely messed up in the head because of him. I don’t have money to see a therapist, but I’m constantly seeing the therapist because I’m not OK.” She added, “I just really want other girls to come forward, too, I want to know if this has happened to anybody else. I want us to protect our industry.”

She also told AVN that she got in the car with Moorehead after the first alleged assault because, “when I first started working for Craven, when I first joined porn in 2018, I thought that we were friends,” and, “I’m only 19… I made a bad decision.”

Moorehead claims in his defamation suit that, “Lee’s false and malicious defamatory allegations severely damaged [his] reputation, caused him to be terminated from his job as a director… and exposed him to public contempt, ridicule, disgrace, shame, and humiliation.”

The publications that covered the allegations, and Gamma, are not named as defendants in the suit, which was filed against Lee.

Moorehead was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2015, and Lee was an AVN Best New Starlet nominee this year.

Moorehead is being repped in the case by New York power attorney Robert Hantman and Sergio Castaneda in LA.

Reps for Lee at management company OC Modeling didn’t return requests for comment.

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