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Five men accused Joey Gugliemelli, better known by the character of drag Sherry Pie and currently competing on 12 season of Drag race, to use a false identity to force them to share photos and videos. BuzzFeed News reported the statements, describing situations in which Gugliemelli, posing as a casting director by email, asked the men to send him audition recordings of themselves for roles invented with often degrading demands, including making a man agree to masturbate in front of the camera. The young men targeted by Gugliemelli were mainly his former classmates at SUNY Cortland and the actors with whom he had worked in a Nebraska theater company.

The charges began with 25-year-old actor Ben Shimkus displaying a Facebook status describing how Gugliemelli, a former classmate of Shimkus, introduced herself as a woman working for Playwrights Horizons. Using the character of “Allison Mossie”, Gugliemelli pressured Shimkus to record videos of himself reading sexualized scenes for a makeup show called Mass about a man taking steroids. “I had to face the fact that these videos that I had sent myself were not for the benefit of my career,” wrote Shimkus. “I had sent suggestive videos of myself and I didn’t know what they were for.”

Other men interviewed by BuzzFeed News described similar situations, in which Gugliemelli again posed as Allison Mossie and forced them to read for a project called Mass, in three cases, and for a false Nightmare before Christmas musical in another. David Newman, a former Cortlandian, described the filming of a scene in tank top and shorts for the Nightmare before Christmas musical. Josh Lillyman, who worked with Gugliemelli in Nebraska, described Gugliemelli encouraging him to record for Mass, offering to help him record his auditions and urging him to masturbate in front of the camera in the room. Landon Summers, who knew both Gugliemelli and Lillyman, was also forced to record videos for Mass. Although he did not record with Gugliemelli in the room, he remembered that Gugliemelli had encouraged him to take off his clothes during the auditions, although Lillyman ultimately decided not to do so. A fifth anonymous actor was also forced to record Massand filming himself shirtless.

In response to these stories, Gugliemelli posted a statute on Facebook, writing, “I want to start by saying how sorry I am for causing such trauma and pain and how horribly embarrassed and disgusted I am. myself.” He added that by doing Drag race he learned the importance of taking care of his mental health. “I have been looking for help and have been receiving treatment since I returned to New York,” he said. “I really apologize to everyone I have hurt with my actions. I also want to say how sorry I am for my sisters in season 12 and honestly the whole network and the production company.

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