‘Drag Race’ Star Sherry Pie is Accused Of Catfishing and Grooming Young Men

BuzzFeed News just dropped a bombshell report about RuPaul’s Drag Race star Sherry Pie.

According to the report, at least five aspiring young actors said the Drag Race star catfished them over several years via email, “posing as a casting director who led them to submit embarrassing audition tapes of themselves saying and doing degrading things.”

In fact, one of the young men said he even agreed to masturbate on camera as part of the audition process.

“I just felt really stupid. I felt really dumb,” said David Newman, 26, a Cortland alum who filmed scenes for Sherry (who’s real name is Joey Gigliemelli) for a fake musical version of A Nightmare Before Christmas that he was told Tim Burton was affiliated with.

“Everyone does bad stuff, but he never apologized,” David said. “He has a national audience watching him now and people have to know what he did. He did it to a lot of people.”

As BuzzFeed reports, Joey did not respond to multiple emails, tweets, phone calls, and text messages about this story. Representatives for VH1 also did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

However, Joey did end up writing an apology on Facebook:

“This is Joey, I want to start by saying how sorry I am that I caused such trauma and pain and how horribly embarrassed and disgusted I am with myself,” he wrote. “I know that the pain and hurt that I have caused will never go away and I know that what I did was wrong and truly cruel. Until being on RuPaul’s Drag Race, I never really understood how much my mental health and taking care of things meant. I learned on that show how important ‘loving yourself’ is and I don’t think I have ever loved myself. I have been seeking help and receiving treatment since coming back to NYC. I truly apologize to everyone I have hurt with my actions. I also want to say how sorry I am to my sisters of season 12 and honestly the whole network and production company. All I can do is change the behavior and that starts with me and doing that work.”

Well, this puts a dent in our next Drag Race viewing party.