Porn star August Ames made no mention of the brutal online comments she’d received hours before her death in her suicide note, an official report has confirmed.
The porn star, 23, who was found lifeless in a public park in the early hours of Tuesday morning, had left her family a note that was later discovered in her car.
According to The Blast, the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s report found that August apologised to her family for taking her own life in the note, but didn’t discuss the cyber bullying she’d been subjected to for refusing to have filmed sex with a male performer who had previously slept with other men.
The medical examiner’s report found there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in August’s car or at the scene, although toxicology tests are still ongoing.
Her cause of death has been confirmed as asphyxiation due to hanging.
August – real name Mercedes Grabowski – had been branded ‘homophobic’ by Twitter users for her refusal and was forced to defend herself in the face of cruel comments.
One user even told her to “take a cyanide pill” if she wasn’t prepared to apologise for her decision.
On Sunday 3 December, August had tweeted: “Whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for EroticaXNews , you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know.
“BS is all I can say Do agents really not care about who they’re representing? ladirect I do my homework for my body.”
August Ames, a performer in sex movies, was found dead Tuesday in her California home, two days after she became embroiled in a Twitter controversy.
The Ventura County medical examiner declared the death a suicide by hanging.
Ames, 23, had been the recipient of a barrage of critical tweets after she announced Sunday that she had turned down a job because it would have required sex with a man who had performed in gay porn movies.
She said her decision arose from concern about sexually transmitted diseases, but it struck some people as homophobic. Her initial tweet drew hundreds of responses, many of them criticizing her.
“NOT homophobic,” she responded. “Most girls don’t shoot with guys who have shot gay porn, for safety. That’s just how it is with me. I’m not putting my body at risk.”
The following day a final message was posted on her Twitter account, a short and foul-mouthed farewell.
Her body was found early Tuesday in her home in Camarillo, between Thousand Oaks and Ventura. The county medical examiner ruled it asphyxiation by hanging, according to the celebrity news website The Blast.
Friends reportedly said Ames had suffered from depression, and some of them characterized the response to her tweet as bullying, the Blast reported.
Ames was born Mercedes Grabowski in Nova Scotia, Canada. She appeared in almost 300 sexually explicit movies since she entered the trade four years ago.
She is survived by her husband, Kevin Moore, a producer and director.
In subsequent tweets, August – who had starred in more than 280 porn films during her years in the industry – pointed out that she had the right to decide who she had sex with, especially when it came to working with ‘crossover’ stars (performers who have sex with men and women).
“NOT homophobic,” she tweeted in response to one follower.
“Most girls don’t shoot with guys who have shot gay porn, for safety. That’s just how it is with me. I’m not putting my body at risk, i don’t know what they do in their private lives.”
August went on: “Sorry, it was just my opinion. My body, my rules. Honestly I’m sorry if I offended anyone.”
Hours later, at around 3.45am on Tuesday 5 December, she was found dead in a park just 20 minutes from the home she shared with husband Kevin Moore in Camarillo, California.
Her porn film director husband Kevin praised August as “the kindest person I ever knew”, adding that “she meant the world to me”.