So I guess my radar is a little off — TMZ just ran with a story about how Vine megastar Curtis Lepore was arrested for raping his ex-girlfriend — fellow Viner Jessi Smiles. From our August 6 article about the two of them getting together, I said:
“Curtis, who I met recently and can totally vouch for as a good guy (look for the upcoming interview footage), has been engaging in a series of social media flirtations with another Vine star, Jessi Smiles. They’ve been talking over the phone and Facetiming now for several weeks, and everything has been hunky-dory except for one small issue: Jessi lives in Miami and Curtis lives in Los Angeles. So, with everything going so well, Curtis decided to make a grand gesture (cue romantic music).”
NMR also never actually aired that interview footage — it got misplaced in the … unpleasantness of us getting shut down and was only maybe recently found … so perhaps stay tuned for NMR’s forthcoming interview with Curtis Lepore! We can watch it together and see if there are any subtle cues lurking just beneath the surface.
The incident apparently happened back in August when Jessi came to stay with Curtis after their very public meetup — they didn’t see eye to eye and ended up breaking up shortly thereafter. Then she got a concussion while filming a Vine video and he offered to let her stay with him. When she fell asleep, that’s when the alleged rape took place. Curtis was in court yesterday and that’s how everything came to light.
Curtis, who has over a million Vine subscribers has continued to post videos through all the incidents with no indication that anything is amiss.
Now we’ll have to see what happens next. But in the meantime, lets call this what it is: an unpleasant event for everyone except the bloodsucking media.
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