Honey was included in Larry Flynt's Hustler's Top 50 Most Influential People In Porn list, printed in the January 1999 issue and in 2011, he was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame.
He was then recalled by the Parole Board for his previous life sentence for murder under the false charge of crime of violence while on parole, despite not being charged for any such crime, let alone found guilty. After starting proceedings to bring a case against the government to the European Court of Human Rights, alleging double jeopardy, Freeman was released on parole in 1986 after being informed that if he dropped his case he would be released.
Honey worked as a photographer, under the pseudonym "Brian Wilson" (after The Beach Boys singer), for Escort Magazine throughout the 1980s, shooting his partner Linzi Drew who regularly appeared in the magazine.
He was accused of destroying evidence with the motivation of denying producing the film after erasing the contents of one video copy of each film, despite his name being heavily featured in the credits of each film and never denying his involvement.
By this time Honey was working as photographer and sales manager for the company, but managed to recover incriminating evidence from his car during the raid (and would later claim in court that he didn't work for the company).
In 1978, broke from his dwindling career as a musician and working as a male stripper using the stage name "Hot Rod" (due to his reported likeness to Rod Stewart at the time), Honey responded to an advertisement for models in The Stage newspaper and met agent Kent William Boulton (1941-2002), and other European hardcore porn magazines such as Rodox/Color Climax, a Danish company (who in addition to more typical hardcore material also produced bestiality and child pornography in their native Denmark, where it was legal between 19).
During the court case, it was revealed that Hawley had starred in several films produced by a pornography ring in which Freeman was involved, and was murdered in May 1969 at 126 Stockwell Road, Brixton However, the law was soon changed to bring video under the Obscene Publications Act and Freeman's home was raided in 1981 by the OPS (Obscene Publications Squad), with all the Videx video equipment confiscated in the process.
Upon release in the United States, the Ben Dover films were edited by VCA Pictures to censor the more graphic contents of the original productions.
In 2002 Honey was dropped by VCA, which had been taken over by Hustler, and opted to concentrate on the market in the UK instead.
He directed, produced and starred (although he didn't actively perform, as with previous Videx material) in the series between 19 along with actors including Marino Franchi and Pascal White.
In 1995 Drew became pregnant with their son Tyger Drew-Honey and left the pornography industry.
Simon James Honey (born in Sittingbourne, Kent), better known as Ben Dover, is an English pornographic actor, director and producer.