Nikki Benz

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Nikki Benz
Benz in 2012
Born1981 or 1982 (age 42–43)[1]
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[3]

Nikki Benz (born 1981 or 1982[1]) is an American pornographic film actress. She was named the 2011 Penthouse Pet of the Year.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born in Ukraine, Benz immigrated to Canada with her parents at age seven. She was raised in Toronto.[2][third-party source needed] After living in the United States for several years, she became a U.S. citizen in February 2013.[5][third-party source needed]


Benz worked as a swimsuit model and stripper prior to her porn career.[3] She entered the adult film industry by e-mailing porn director Jim Gunn, who introduced her to Frank Kay, the president of Pleasure Productions.[3] She signed with Pleasure Productions in January 2003 and made her first on-screen sex scene in Strap on Sally 20 with Gina Lynn,[6] and her first boy-girl scene with Ben English in The Sweetest Thing.[7] After completing her contract, Benz moved to Los Angeles and signed with Jill Kelly Productions in September 2004.[8] Benz signed a contract with TeraVision in September 2005.[9] She was the Penthouse Pet of the Month for April 2010, and the magazine's cover girl and feature in the May 2008 issue.[10] Benz was named Penthouse Pet of the Year 2011.[4]

In June 2016, Brazzers signed Benz to be its first brand ambassador to promote their products.[11] Several months later, Benz alleged that she was assaulted on a shoot for the website. She alleged that the director of the scene, Tony T, choked her after she asked the shoot to be stopped. A representative for Tony T denied the charges, and Brazzers ended its relationship with him after the allegation.[12][13] After the accusations, several other performers including Dana DeArmond, Carter Cruise, and Devon came forward with their stories about the director.[14] Tony T and Ramon Nomar filed a lawsuit against Benz and Brazzers for defamation.[15]


Along with Lisa Ann and Sean Michaels, Benz co-hosted the XRCO Awards in April 2010.[16] Benz has made several appearances on the show Cubed, playing a wise-cracking, sports-savvy cleaning lady.[17]

In 2012, Benz was featured in a video game, Saints Row: The Third – Penthouse Pack, released by Volition.[18] She also was in a music video, Lose Yourself. In 2013, she appeared briefly in the film Pain and Gain.[citation needed]

She appears in the dramatic film My Trip Back to the Dark Side (2014), which was directed by filmmaker Shane Stanley.[19]

Other ventures[edit]

Benz hosted a show on KSEX called Contract Superstars alongside Lacie Heart, Ashley Steele, Stormy Daniels, and Tyler Faith but quit citing "time constraints".[20] She and fellow adult performer Alexis Texas decided to advocate for gender equality, supporting female toplessness by Times Square performers, by exposing their breasts in Times Square.[21]

Toronto mayoral campaign[edit]

In May 2014, Benz announced her candidacy to run for mayor of the Canadian city of Toronto via her Twitter account.[22] She decided to fight against Rob Ford for Toronto mayor.[23][24] The announcement was subsequently covered by the Huffington Post, TMZ,[25][26] and in a interview.[27] The news also gained international attention via Yahoo France, Britain, and Finland.[28]

On May 28, 2014, Benz tried to submit her application to run for Mayor of Toronto, but the city would not accept her application because her Ontario driver's license had already expired. It was not known at the time whether she would reapply to run for mayor.[29] In the Playboy interview, Benz discussed various campaign issues including gay rights, economic stimulation for the city, and public transportation.[28] Her platform included supporting and raising funds for the Downtown Relief Line, a proposed addition to Toronto's mass transit system.[28] She also commented on former mayor Rob Ford's substance abuse and his break from campaigning while he attended to his drug rehabilitation.[28] In the interview, Benz cited her honesty and transparency, her love of her home city, and concern for its people. She also vowed to donate half of her salary as mayor to a cause chosen by its citizens.[27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of accolades
Total number of wins and nominations
Totals 5 20
Year Ceremony Result Award
2006 AVN Award Nominated Best Couples Sex Scene, Video – Take No Prisoners[30]
Nominated Best Supporting Actress, Video – Jack's Teen America 2[30]
Nominated Best Tease Performance – Take No Prisoners[30]
2008 Nominated Best Three-Way Sex Scene – Meet the Fuckers 6[31]
F.A.M.E. Award Finalist Hottest Body[32]
2009 Finalist Hottest Body[33]
2010 XBIZ Award Nominated Female Performer of the Year[34]
Nominated Crossover Star of the Year[34]
Nominated Pornstar Website of the Year –[34]
AVN Award Nominated Best All-Girl Three-Way Sex Scene – Penthouse: Slave for a Night[35]
F.A.M.E. Award Finalist Hottest Body[36]
Finalist Favorite Breasts[36]
2011 Penthouse Won Penthouse Pet of the Year[37]
NightMoves Award Won Best Feature Entertainer (Editor's Choice)[38]
2012 AVN Award Nominated Best Crossover Star[39]
NightMoves Award Won Best Feature Entertainer (Fan's Choice)[40]
2013 XBIZ Award Nominated Crossover Star of the Year[41]
AVN Award Nominated Best Pornstar Website –[42]
2015 XBIZ Award Won Crossover Star of the Year[43]
2016 AVN Award Won Hall of Fame[44]


  1. ^ a b Oppenheim, Maya (April 11, 2018). "Nikki Benz: Porn star sues Brazzers over alleged sexual assault in unscripted scene". The Independent.
  2. ^ a b Benz, Nikki [@nikkibenz] (January 25, 2014). "I am Ukrainian Born and Toronto raised. Canadian citizen, but I've never been back to Ukraine. Really want to visit this summer!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b c Mark Kernes (February 2003). "Fresh Off The Bus: Nikki Benz". AVN. Archived from the original on November 26, 2006. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "". Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  5. ^ Nikki Benz [@nikkibenz] (February 24, 2013). "Well all of Martinsburg, WV knows and it will be televised here so I might as well tell u...I am now an American citizen as of yesterday" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Pleasure: A Case of the Benz". AVN. January 28, 2003. p. 1. Archived from the original on May 23, 2009. Retrieved September 23, 2007.
  7. ^ Dan Miller (January 28, 2003). "A Boff at the Burger Palace: On the Set with Pleasure Girl Nikki Benz". AVN. Archived from the original on February 7, 2003. Retrieved September 23, 2007.
  8. ^ Ron Martin (September 21, 2004). "Nikki Benz Signs on With Jill Kelly Productions". AVN. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved September 23, 2007.
  9. ^ "Tera Vision Signs Nikki Benz and Lucy Lee". AVN. September 8, 2005. Retrieved September 23, 2007.
  10. ^ "Nikki Benz is April Penthouse Pet of the Month". AVN. March 17, 2010. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
  11. ^ Alejandro Freixes (June 9, 2016). "Brazzers Signs Nikki Benz as Contract Star, Brand Ambassador". XBIZ. Archived from the original on January 4, 2017. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  12. ^ Romero, Dennis (December 20, 2016). "Adult Performer Nikki Benz Alleges She Was Assaulted on Camera During a Porn Shoot". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  13. ^ "Producer fired after porn star 'assaulted during rape scene'". The Independent. December 23, 2016. Archived from the original on June 21, 2022. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  14. ^ Savitsky, Sasha (December 22, 2016). "Jenna Jameson blasts porn site's alleged real-rape video". New York Post.
  15. ^ Romero, Dennis (January 13, 2017). "Lawsuit Claims Porn's Nikki Benz Fabricated on-Set Assault". L.A. Weekly.
  16. ^ Wade Garrett (February 17, 2010). "Nikki Benz, Lisa Ann and Sean Michaels to Host XRCO Awards". AVN. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
  17. ^ "Nikki Benz Gets 'Cubed' Again". AVN. July 7, 2010. Archived from the original on August 16, 2010. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
  18. ^ "AVN – Nikki Benz Featured in 'Saints Row: The Third – Penthouse Pack'". May 24, 2012. Archived from the original on January 16, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  19. ^ "My Trip Back to the Dark Side (2014): Full Cast and Crew". IMDb. 2023. Retrieved January 22, 2023.
  20. ^ David Sullivan (June 28, 2007). "Nikki Benz quits KSEX Gig". AVN. Archived from the original on January 16, 2016. Retrieved September 23, 2007.
  21. ^ TMZ Staff (November 18, 2015). "Porn Stars Nikki Benz & Alexis Texas Expose Big Apples – For A Cause, Of Course!". TMZ. Archived from the original on November 14, 2018. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  22. ^ Cotroneo, Christian. "Nikki Benz for Mayor? Toronto-Born Porn Star Poised To Go Up Against Rob Ford". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  23. ^ "Porn star Nikki Benz to run against Rob Ford in Toronto mayoral elections". May 31, 2014. Archived from the original on June 21, 2022.
  24. ^ "Chatting with the Porn Star Who Wants to Be Toronto's Next Mayor". Vice. June 23, 2014.
  25. ^ Sweet, Sarah (May 2, 2014). "Extra, Extra: Spoofing Soknacki, TMZ Tackles Toronto, and Selling Harlequin". Torontoist. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  26. ^ "Rob Ford Mayoral Opponent Vows ... I'll Show You Crack!". TMZ. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  27. ^ a b "Nikki Benz: Toronto's Sexiest Mayoral Candidate". Archived from the original on May 23, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  28. ^ a b c d "Nikki Benz Interviewed by Playboy About Toronto Mayoral Run". Adult Video News. Archived from the original on January 16, 2016. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  29. ^ Don Peat (May 28, 2014). "Nikki Benz gets rough ride registering to run for mayor". QMI Agency. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  30. ^ a b c "Production Awards" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 26, 2005. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  31. ^ "2008 Nominations 11" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 27, 2008. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  32. ^ David Sullivan (April 25, 2008). "2008 F.A.M.E. Awards Finalists Announced". AVN. Retrieved April 27, 2008.
  33. ^ "Finalists for the 2009 F.A.M.E. Awards". Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  34. ^ a b c Javors, Steve (December 16, 2009). "XBIZ Announces Finalist Nominees for 2010 XBIZ Awards". Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  35. ^ "2010 Nominees". Archived from the original on October 26, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
  36. ^ a b "Finalists for the 2010 F.A.M.E. Awards". 2010. Archived from the original on July 27, 2007. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
  37. ^ "AVN – Nikki Benz Named 2011 Penthouse Pet of the Year". December 9, 2010. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  38. ^ "NightMoves Online | Past Winner History". Nightmoves Online. Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  39. ^ "AVN Awards" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 21, 2013.
  40. ^ "AVN – 20th Annual NightMoves Awards Heats Up Tampa". October 8, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  41. ^ "XBIZ Awards 2013 Presented by Fleshlight – Nominees". Archived from the original on February 15, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  42. ^ "AVN Awards". Archived from the original on March 28, 2013.
  43. ^ Dan Miller (January 16, 2015). "2015 XBIZ Award Winners Announced". XBIZ. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  44. ^ "Class of 2016: The AVN Hall of Fame Inductees". AVN. December 18, 2015. Retrieved December 19, 2015.

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