Was Porn Star August Ames Really Cyberbullied to Death?

Was Porn Star August Ames Really Cyberbullied to Death?


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In a new documentary podcast, ‘The Last Days of August,’ journalists Jon Ronson and Lina Misitzis investigate the shocking suicide that upended the adult industry.

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Fuck y’all.” Those were the last words August Ames ever posted to Twitter, on Dec. 4, 2017. The next day her body was found hanging from a tree. A coroner ruled her death a suicide.

Only 23 years old, Ames was a rising star in the adult film world, and her shocking and abrupt departure fueled talk of murder, dividing an already-fractured industry even further. Her husband, adult film director Kevin Moore, claimed she was cyberbullied to death, while others blamed Moore, hinting at a darker, more disturbing relationship than the one he claims to have had with Ames. As time passed, the constant roar of rumors turned to an occasional whisper, the pain not so much lessened as buried.

Old wounds will soon be torn open when Audible’s docuseries podcast The Last Days of August is released on Jan. 4, 2019, one month past the first anniversary of her death.

Attracted to the story’s social media and cyberbullying themes, journalists Jon Ronson and Lina Misitzis investigate the world of Ames through a series of interviews with family, friends, and assorted characters in the adult industry (some of whom wished to remain anonymous). This marks the duo’s second collaborative focus on the porn industry, following the release of their acclaimed podcast The Butterfly Effect.

Ronson and Misitzis make some startling observations about Ames’ demise, all while glossing over Ames’ previous suicide attempts. The pair highlight a particular event—a supposed triggering incident, if you will—and the involvement of a shady individual, hoping to bring some much-needed clarity to a shocking event that began with allegations of cyberbullying.

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