Matt Hickey, a former tech journalist accused by multiple women of rape, at his arraignment in King County Superior Court in Seattle last November, 2016
SPECIAL NOTE: Why is Matt Hickey a stupid man…all he wants is to fuck women, why waste all the time, planning, scheming, trying to get women so he could fuck them, pretending they are doing it like a test run, for a porn movies! Jesus Christ, how stupid can you get? When all he wanted was to fuck different women…why the set up to attract women for possible roles in a porn movies??? I guess some men are born stupid, that is all I can say! And that is why he is in shit trouble now with the law…he should be smart enough to know…his actions have serious consequences with the law in America! Sooner or later…you will be caught for his actions…any smart man would know it! I guess he is not a smart man, and now he is enjoying jail time and what else is awaiting him as consequences for his outrageous sexual behaviors! What an irony, because now, an ambitious someone can use his life to make a movie about someone who wanted to make a porn movie! Life is a joke, hm! Steve November 16, 2017
Seattle journalist said he could make women porn stars. Instead, police say, he raped them
LOS ANGLES TIMES NOV 12, 2017
Over the last decade, while film producer Harvey Weinstein was combing Hollywood for talent, self-proclaimed moviemaker Matt Hickey was scouring Seattle’s Capitol Hill for the next adult film star. Or so he said in his online ads.
A journalist and photographer, Hickey didn’t have film credits like “Pulp Fiction” or “Shakespeare in Love” in his resume, like Weinstein. But he did have a similar sales pitch: The power to make someone a star.
His studio of sorts was his modest Seattle apartment, and his staff consisted of himself and a female recruiter who, prosecutors say, was actually Hickey himself, posing as a woman named Deja Stwalley — the name of a grade school classmate who was unaware of the charade.
Some of the women who answered his online ads told authorities they were sexually attacked after arriving for a “screen test.” In all, Seattle police interviewed six women who alleged they were forced to have sex with Hickey, though some said they couldn’t recall details of the encounter because they were drugged or plied with alcohol.
Hickey, 41, is now charged with four counts of rape and — after a year in custody — could be tried as soon as this month.
As with Weinstein, who was publicly accused of being a sexual predator by women who told their stories to the media, Hickey was exposed by the press.
In his case, it was an alternative newspaper where he once worked as a freelance journalist that broke the story.
Some of the alleged victims in Seattle said they first turned to police but came away feeling that investigators weren’t interested in pursuing their allegations. But when their stories began showing up on Facebook pages, an editor at the Stranger — an aggressive alternative newspaper that Hickey had once covered Seattle nightlife for — took note.
The editor, Charles Mudede, passed along the tip to one of his reporters, Sydney Brownstone, who got one of the women who’d posted their stories on Facebook to talk on the record. She led Brownstone to two other women who agreed to talk.
“The story snowballed from there,” Brownstone said.
She said the newspaper, which is published biweekly, had no hesitation about investigating one its own former writers, who had also freelanced as a tech writer for Forbes, CNET and other online sites.
When King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg filed rape charges against Hickey last year, his office and police credited the Stranger for doing the initial detective work. Several other alleged victims had also come forward after publication of the story, “The Audition.”
Police said their investigation has since turned up alleged rapes dating to 2001, and detectives speculated there could be dozens of victims. Hickey, who was arrested last November in Las Vegas — where he relocated after the Stranger published its story, has pleaded not guilty. He maintains that any sex with his accusers was consensual.
Ads that Hickey placed on Craigslist in Seattle and Las Vegas described the screen tests as consisting of a question-and-answer session to establish sexual preferences, posing for nude photos and having an “audition.”
“You’ll audition with one of our specially selected guys.… It’s not for everyone, and if it’s not for you, that’s ok. But keep in mind, we’re auditioning for hardcore, so the ability to have sex with a [stranger] while keeping a smile on your face is important,” the ads read.
Hickey allegedly sought a mostly anonymous pool of candidates, typically women between the ages of 17 and 25 he spotted on Facebook, according to court records.
“He then contacted those young women through the [fake online] Stwalley profile and presented them with an opportunity to audition for a local indie/alternative adult film studio,” and eventually earn up to $3,500 a day as a porn star, court records state — they just had to “audition with one of our specially chosen ‘hunks.’”
In each case, prosecutors said, the audition was conducted by Hickey.
One alleged victim said she blacked out, and in the morning woke up in bed naked, a condom wrapper nearby. She told authorities she didn’t remember having sex with Hickey and certainly didn’t want to. The woman told Seattle Police Det. Michelle Gallegos that she “cried and vomited through the day [and] felt disgusted and embarrassed.”
Hickey has already been found liable of civil fraud in a consumer-protection case — the first of its kind in Washington — brought by the state attorney general. In March, King County Superior Court Judge Ken Schubert hit Hickey with $332,000 in fines and court costs for posing as a filmmaker and as his own female assistant to deceive six women with a porn scam.
Hickey, the state complaint charged, “posed as a talent recruiter named ‘Deja Stwalley’ in order to deceive women for his own personal gain … [with] no intention of securing jobs for these women. He created a fictional business and audition process to obtain nude photos for his photography portfolio and to satisfy his sexual desires.”
The complaint said that Hickey continued to maintain possession of the nude photos he took of women who responded to his ads.
Hickey is being held on $200,000 bail.