Porn star who accused adult actor James Deen of sexual assault is found dead at age of 31 Amber Rayne passed away in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles Sources say she died 'peacefully' but the exact cause of death isn't known An autopsy is said to have been scheduled for the end of the week Rayne was one of eight women who claimed Deen assaulted them The adult actress claimed Deen had violent sex with her while on set Claims he punched her in the face and left her bleeding from the 'attack' By Wills Robinson For *********.com Published: 11:16 EST, 4 April 2016 | Updated: 11:56 EST, 4 April 2016 A porn star who accused fellow adult actor James Deen of sexual assault has been found dead at the age 31. Amber Rayne, who worked in the industry for 10 years, passed away at her home in Los Angeles, AVN reported. She is believed to have died 'peacefully' in her sleep, according to sources, but the exact cause of death is not known. Rayne was one of eight women who came forward claiming Dean sexually assaulted them both on and off movie sets. He has vigorously denied the accusations. http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/04/04/17/32D7699400000578-0-image-a-4_1459786455371.jpg +5 Porn star Amber Rayne has been found dead at the age of 31. She is one of eight women in the adult industry who have accused fellow actor James Deen of sexual assault It is believed she died on Saturday night or Sunday morning. An autopsy is set to take place at the end of this week. None of her social media accounts suggested that anything was wrong. On Saturday she suggested a friend was coming to her apartment to share pizza and cookie dough ice cream. Director Stormy Daniels, share his devastation after her death. He told AVN: 'She was a really good friend, and one of the best actresses and performers that I've ever had the pleasure to work with, and I'm just glad that I had the opportunity to work with her and call her a friend.. She claims Deen called her 'b****' in the middle of a sex scene, at which point he punched her in the face and began to have intercourse with her so forcefully that she was left bleeding. http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/04/04/17/32D7727C00000578-3523106-image-a-24_1459787338138.jpg +5 http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/04/04/17/32D7765A00000578-3523106-image-m-23_1459787330014.jpg +5 Rayne (left) claims Deen (right) sexually assaulted her on set. She accused him of punching her in the face during a brutal attack In an interview with the Daily Beast in December 2015, she said the decision to come forward with the allegations was hard as she was friends with Deen. She said: 'We’re friends now and I’ll sometimes bring it up as a joke and you can see it makes him physically uncomfortable when I do, so he does realize something was wrong that day. 'I thought it was an insecurity phase. He was just starting out, he was still a young punk kid coming in and I still didn’t know what the game was.' She described her horrific ordeal in the interview. 'His face twisted and he came down on my face two times- close-fisted,' she said. She said he punched her in the face while they were still having anal sex and proceeded to assault her. 'He just starts shoving things in to the point where he ripped it and I bled everywhere. There was so much blood I couldn’t finish the scene,' she said. She later had to receive stitches. http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/04/04/17/32D7728600000578-3523106-image-a-25_1459787402724.jpg +5 She is believed to have passed away 'peacefully' in her sleep, according to sources, but the exact cause of death is not known Deen's unsettling comments about rape on social media in the past have been brought to life as he faces continued allegations. He has frequently made light of rape and assault on social media, writing in both February 2011 and April 2012; 'It's not rape if you yell surprise.' Deen also wrote in February 2012 on Twitter; 'Do they make candy hearts that say "rape me"???' http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/04/04/17/32D7726D00000578-3523106-image-a-28_1459787901496.jpg +5 Rayne said it was difficult for her to come forward with the allegations as they were good friends And in December 2010 wrote on the social media platform; 'I am going to rape your knees with hot fire.' Deen, 30, born Bryan Sevilla, used Twitter to defend himself against the allegations in December, 2015, around the same time Rayne's interview was published. He addressed claims by three accusers, writing; 'There have been some egregious claims made against me on social media. 'I want to assure my friends, fans and colleagues that these allegations are both false and defamatory. 'I respect women and I know and respect limits both professionally and privately.' In response to the allegations he resigned as chairperson of the labor group Adult Performer Advocacy Committee's board of directors. APAC Secretary Ela Darling released a statement about the resignation following the announcement. 'APAC recognizes the seriousness of the statements made by performers in the community and that they indicate a major conflict between a board member and other members of the organization. 'In the meantime, APAC will continue to provide support and guidance for adult performers. 'The APAC Board wants to state unequivocally that we stand with performers and other sex workers who are victims of any sort of sexual assault. APAC is committed to being a safe space for performers, and to creating a safer and healthier industry.' Deen has not been arrested and refutes the claims. In December he said he was 'honestly shocked' and 'completely baffled' by the sudden barrage of claims, and that he believes he has always respected a woman's right to consent both in his work and in his personal life.