Dave sat down recently with recently retired porn star, Mercedes Ashley. They discuss the effect a stalker has had on her career and the careers of others and how to cope with being targeted when you've chosen a career in the public eye.
Dave Gammon:Whenever the name Mercedes Ashley is mentioned within the triple X industry, among fans, studios and fellow industry players, one is driven to thoughts of innovation, creativity and unprecedented work ethic. What inspires or moves you to be fresh in a saturated industry where virtually everything has been done?
Mercedes Ashley: That’s a tough one. I don’t know if I’m fresh. I just went with the flow with what people kind of ask me for. They request something, its something I do. It’s how the fans want to see me. So it’s kind of how I get ideas and keep up with what’s in demand.
DG: Your website is an extravaganza of sizzling hot Latina sensuality. Available content and features are unique to every desire. Describe some of the things first time curious browsers of your web site can anticipate when taking a test drive on your guest tour to membership.
MA: Umm, my website is actually being rebuilt. I just picked it up for another year. I plan on bringing it up to the 2011 speed. I have all these house cams in there. I have all kinds of work that I’ve ever done. Members are actually able to download everything. It’s $19.95 a month for my membership. Yeah, I do have a member fuck off [a contest where members get a chance to shag with Mercedes]. I do online chat shows, stuff like that.
DG: Rumors of your retirement from active performing has surfaced as of late. Can you confirm or deny these statements to our readers of SexIs Magazine?
MA: Actually I retired in June. Until they can get a hold of this Donny Long guy I don’t think I’ll be into it until then.
DG: I wanted to talk about this cyber stalker, the episode that you’d endured recently. I know this is a large factor that was your decision in retiring. Do you have any tips for fans that can keep in mind to have a more effective interaction?
MA: His whole repertoire is to go around….This guy is pulling up our family history. He contacts our family members. He contacts….one of the girls rented an apartment and he talked to the manager and sent him porn movies of the girl.
We can’t understand why he hates us though. I mean everybody can say “you kind of put yourself in it.” I understand all of that but it doesn’t have to come to that extreme. We’d like to leave it behind, business and retire. He does it out of hate and so much animosity towards us.
The main reason I left the porn industry was all my information is in this man’s hands. I mean I have to walk from room to room to room with a nine millimeter in my own home. I live in an upper middle class home but this kind of stalking sent my way, I don’t want to…it’s not so much him I’m afraid of. It’s the information and exactly what is he going to do with the information?
I mean I have to walk around like this in my house and my kids are like, “what’s wrong Mom? Why are you carrying a gun in the house?” I can’t tell them. That really pisses me off. I’ve gone to the porn attorneys, the FFC they claim to have all the attorneys. Nobody comes to our aid. They’re allowing this guy to do this to us. Until they actually can get that under wraps, I won’t even step foot on a porn set.
DG: His conduct is appalling…
MA: Everybody was cool in the porn industry when I’d started; barely over ten people.
DG: Yeah the guy is sick. Any formal charges been laid?
MA: I’ve met with an attorney and law enforcement has been involved. But I see this guy’s site is in the Netherlands so we’re having some problems. I’ve been in contact with the authorities to see the best thing I can do on my part. It’s the best way I can to get my information off his site.
I mean just to think it’s in Europe. It seems the only way this guy can do this sort of thing. When we asked him to remove us, he says no. He said absolutely fucking not, you’re staying on.
DG: It’s pretty sick to say the least. Well just changing gears on a more positive note, what is your greatest memory with respect to fan interaction?
MA: In my business it’s all been positive. It’s been positive for eleven years. Porn has been heaven to me. It’s just this one person. My life has turned to a negative. But it’s treated me well up until now.
DG: I really do sincerely hope this guy is put to a stop. He’s spoiled it for the rest of us.
DG: Any regrets throughout your career?
MA: Naw, no, not at all. I did everything knowing what I was doing, so I pretty much accept responsibility. Like I said, I have no regrets until now.
DG: If there were any one thing you could change about the industry, what would it be?
MA: There’s nothing I would change.
DG: Is there any special message you’d like to put out for Mercedes Ashley fans?
MA: Feel free to drop by my site mercedesashley.com. I respond personally to all my emails. Even just to look around, I always just thought it was rude if someone says hi and you don’t say hi back.