A Playboy model and her seven-year-old son have died after the mother reportedly leapt from the top floor of the Gotham Hotel, New York.
Stephanie Adams, 47, who was said to be engaged in an ongoing custody battle with her ex, is believed to have jumped to her death at around 8.15am local time.
The bodies of the former Playboy Playmate and her son Vincent were found on a second floor landing at the back of the accommodation grounds.
NYPD Chief Detective William Aubrey detailed the scene at a press conference today.
According to the New York Post, Aubrey said:
Early this morning, investigators located an individual whose attention was drawn to that same second-floor area where he heard two loud noises.
His attention was drawn to that and he discovered these two deceased individuals.
Stephanie, who was Playboy’s Miss November in 1992, was in the middle of a court battle with her estranged husband, Charles Nicolai, 47, owner of Wall Street Chiropractic and Wellness.
Following the end of their relationship, Adams would meet Nicolai at the First Precinct police station in Tribeca, Manhattan, to handover her son for visitation.
According to a friend who spoke out about the custody arrangement, it ‘ensures no violence takes place’.
The model made headlines in recent years when she successfully sued NYPD, winning a $1.2 million (£890,000) jury award.
The settlement stemmed from a 2006 incident when she was thrown to the floor by a police officer who falsely claimed a gun was pulled on him.
Following news of Stephanie and her son’s tragic deaths, fans took to social media to pay their respects.
One user tweeted:
So unfortunate what happened with Stephanie Adams and her son. May they both Rest In Peace.
Another wrote: “Stephanie, may you and your son rest in paradise.”
Since November 2017, four young porn performers have been found dead, most recently 20-year-old Olivia Nova who was found in her Las Vegas home in January.
Mental health issues have always been a big problem in the world of adult entertainment, but the recent spate of deaths of such young adult performers raises serious questions on how women are treated in the industry.
We spoke with Dr. Gail Dines, author of Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, and Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality, about why this is happening, and how we can stop it.
Simply put, the current #MeToo campaign, though proving positive for women in other industries, silences women in the sex industry more than ever.
Gail told UNILAD:
Just imagine everyone is telling their stories of rape and assault and being listened to, and you know full well that if you come forward, they’ll just say ‘what did you expect, you wh*re’.
We live in a world where a woman’s consent, to what is often sexual torture, is being preserved from the paper contract she signed when she was 18-years-old.
As in any industry, there are different sides to the coin. Independent porn stars in Europe such as Harriet Sugarcookie own their own businesses, controlling every aspect of their porn performing and career.
However, the majority of the mainstream adult content from the web is created in studios controlled predominantly by male directors, where women are often sought from all over the world by pornography ‘suitcase pimps’, and exploited.
The Stephanie Adams news has me in tears ??
Her son was 7! SEVENNN!!!
— Keshia ? (@growthofalotus) May 18, 2018
Gail goes on to reveal a harrowing fact, gathered from her interviews with porn performers, that one of the first things directors do when a new woman come to the set is contravene one of the rules put in place on her contract, as a way of breaking her.
Dr Gail Dine, Founder and President of Culture Reframed, told UNILAD:
What I do know, because I’ve been doing this work for many years and worked with many women who are in the porn industry and have exited it, is that given the violence that happens to their bodies, given the diseases they get, they come away with PTSD because they’re raped regularly on the porn set.
Just because they’ve signed a contract doesn’t mean they’re consenting to what goes on at the porn set. A lot of them are not prepared for what’s going to happen to them. A lot of them are young, they think they’re going to be a ‘pornstar’ like Jenna Jameson was. They’re not prepared for the violence.
— Erin Summer Studios (@erinsummer) May 19, 2018
The industry is leading to a worrying decline in the mental health of women involved because they’re completely silenced.
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Stephanie and Vincent at this difficult time.
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