From bad to verse: Topher Dimaggio has broken his silence and issued a statement on the matter. But he used someone else’s words as part of it.
You can review the story below then scroll down for the update.
“I think it’s time I tell a #metoo story, I have so many but this one really takes the cake, because of how recent it was and especially because the guy responsible is still thriving in the porn industry while I suffered.” ~Tegan Zayne
Once it’s posted on Twitter, it becomes news whether I like it or not. This is one of those times.
Tegan now feels the same. “Tbh these porn blogs making posts about this after I specifically said not to, has me really stressed out. I didn’t want this to be such a thing. I was just getting something off my chest to help me heal, and to add to the conversation in a gray area.”
But there’s no getting the Genie back in the bottle on social media – especially with allegations this explosive. “I do not authorize any gay porn blogs to use this as a story on their web pages,” Tegan has since posted in a pinned tweet though Str8UpGayPorn and QueerMeNow already had their stories online.
How and who told the story isn’t the issue. What he’s alleging is, though, very much is …
[UPDATE: January 26]
Initially, Topher did respond to QueerMeNow stating, “He’s crazy and twists stories. He was so happy to film with me even the next day. It’s sad. I’m going to give it any attention.”
Last night on Twitter, Topher posted this now deleted tweet:
The yellow highlights I added. Let’s put a pin in that for now. The blue highlights are from Topher as they appeared in the original. As Str8UpGayPorn called out last night, the “willing to sleep with him” was indeed tweeted by Tegan, but he was talking about a different man altogether, not Topher. They are, therefore, both out of context and not applicable.
Str8UpGayPorn commenter C3XXX pointed out that portions of Topher’s statement were plagiarized from “Russell Simmons’s Statement on Rape Allegations” as it appeared in the NYT.
That’s where the yellow highlights come in.
Using things said about someone else to defend yourself along with taking another’s words in an attempt to further fortify his position completely undermine the veracity of his statement and whatever credibility Topher may have had left.
[UPDATE #2: January 26]
Hornet App (the former Unicorn Booty) has just published allegations of a second #MeToo story in “A Second Individual Has Come Forward Accusing Porn Star Topher Dimaggio of Rape”. This is from a guy calling himself “Dan” who is not in the adult industry.
But no matter who says it, porn stars included, “No means no.”
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