- Model Josh Kloss accused singer Katy Perry of pulling down his pants and exposing him at a party after filming with Perry for her “Teenage Dream” music video.
- After Kloss came forward, Russian TV host Tina Kandelaki said Perry drunkenly tried to kiss her at a party.
- Some associated with Perry have jumped to her defense, calling Kloss’ accusation a smear job, while others online say it shows a double standard between men and women facing misconduct allegations.
Josh Kloss Accuses Perry
Pop Singer Katy Perry faced two accusations of sexual misconduct this week, with one man saying she pulled his pants down at a party and another woman claiming she forcibly tried to kiss her.
In a Sunday Instagram post, model Josh Kloss — who worked with Perry for her 2010 “Teenage Dream” music video — accused the singer of pulling down his sweat pants and underwear while at a party for director Johny Wujek’s birthday.
Kloss said he had approached Perry to introduce her to his friend, who had been excited to meet her. He alleges she then exposed him in front of a crowd and his friend.
“But as I turned to introduce my friend, she pulled my Adidas sweats and underwear out as far as she could to show a couple of her guy friends and the crowd around us, my penis,” Kloss said in the post. “Can you imagine how pathetic and embarrassed i felt?”
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You know. After I met Katy, we sang a worship song, “open the eyes of my heart” She was cool and kind. When other people were around she was cold as ice even called the act of kissing me “gross” to the entire set while filming. Now I was pretty embarrassed but kept giving my all, as my ex was busy cheating on me and my daughter was just a toddler, I knew I had to endure for her sake. After the first day of shooting, Katy invited me to a strip club in Santa Barbara. I declined and told her “I have to go back to hotel and rest, because this job is all I have right now” So I saw Katy a couple times after her break up with Russel. This one time I brought a friend who was dying to meet her. It was Johny Wujek’s birthday party at moonlight roller way. And when I saw her, we hugged and she was still my crush. But as I turned to introduce my friend, she pulled my Adidas sweats and underwear out as far as she could to show a couple of her guy friends and the crowd around us, my penis. Can you imagine how pathetic and embarrassed i felt? I just say this now because our culture is set on proving men of power are perverse. But females with power are just as disgusting. So for all her good she is an amazing leader, hers songs are mainly great empowering anthems. And that is it. I continued to watch her use clips of her music videos for her world tour and then her dvd, only highlighting one of her male co-stars, and it was me. I made around 650 in total off of teenage dream. I was lorded over by her reps, about not discussing a single thing about anything regarding Katy publicly. And a couple interviews they edited and answered for me. So, happy anniversary to one of the most confusing, assaulting, and belittling jobs I’ve ever done. Yay #teenagedream I was actually gonna play the song and sing it on ukele for the anniversary, but then as I was tuning I thought, fuck this, I’m not helping her bs image another second.
Prior to the alleged incident, Kloss said he had a crush on Perry, saying when he first met her, she was “cool and kind.” He said the two once sang the contemporary Christain song “Open the Eyes of My Heart” together.
Soon after, however, he said Perry became “cold as ice” and claimed Perry described kissing him as “gross” in front of the entire set crew. Kloss also said he felt embarrassed during that incident, but he said he continued with the video because his daughter was a toddler at the time and he was struggling with his marriage.
“I just say this now because our culture is set on proving men of power are perverse,” Kloss said in the post. “But females with power are just as disgusting.”
Following the filming, Kloss said Katy’s reps forbid him from publicly talking about Perry, going so far as to edit his answers in interviews — sometimes answering for him, he claimed.
Kloss then made another post where he listed a series of example interview questions and how he had to respond, one of those questions being, “How was kissing Katy?”
In the post, Kloss said he had to shy away from specifics, instead making comments about the positivity on the set, how proud he was of the video, and the good atmosphere of working with Perry and director Yoann Lemione.
“I was supposed to minimize myself and stay PC to protect her ‘image,’” he said. “I listened and was a good boy. The fear sticks with you, when you are censored to protect someone else’s image. But in return treated like a prostitute and exposed in front of a group of her friends and other random people.”
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I was supposed to minimize myself and stay PC to protect her “image” I listened and was a good boy. The fear sticks with you, when you are censored to protect someone else’s image. But in return treated like a prostitute and exposed in front of a group of her friends and other random people. Then you are shocked and you block it out, because you watch the face of children being uplifted by positive music she sang. And your mind is stuck trying to do your job and protect her bs image or be honest and help the global dialogue about power and abuse. And you hear over and over a million times that Males are the great evil on this planet. Meanwhile you know the truth POWER empowers what is corrupt in people, regardless of their gender. Folks I am putting us both out on display to increase and enlighten everyone. I don’t want money for this, Many of you project your own ambitions. I don’t want fame from this, that is why I stomached it and kept working, and kept supporting the “teenage dream” image. And this anniversary, and time elapse made me realize hey now is the time to let it out and let it go. Not one more day of hearing “How was Katy Perry?”
Kloss said he struggled to come forward with his accusations because he has seen the impact Perry’s music has on kids.
“Then you are shocked and you block it out, because you watch the face of children being uplifted by positive music she sang,” Kloss said.
Ultimately, he said part of why he chose to respond was because he is continually faced with the question, “How was Katy Perry?”
Russian TV Host Throws Another Accusation Against Perry
Following Kloss’ accusations, Russian TV host Tina Kandelaki claimed Wednesday that Perry tried to drunkenly kiss her at a party.
“Once, I was invited to a private party with Katy Perry, where she, being pretty tipsy, chose me as an object for the manifestation of her passions,” she wrote on the social media platform Telegram. “I managed to fight back — strength training was not in vain — and Katy instantly found a new victim (how awful, a female again) for kisses, hugs and dirty dances.”
“From what I can recall, there didn’t seem to be victims at the party,” she continued, “but I won’t be surprised by the flow of memories from unhappy fans who have had to carry this with them, and now suddenly remembered this vicious dignity.”
Kandelaki did not mention when or where the incident reportedly took place.
While Perry has remained quiet on both accusations, others have jumped to her defense.
Wujek, whose party was where the first accusation allegedly occurred, condemned Kloss in his original post about Perry.
“Oh hell no,” Wujek said. “I’m not about to let you make accusations against my friend like this. This is such bullshit. Katy would never do something like that. We all know about your ongoing obsession with her since the day of filming that video…. You were….planning an imaginary future with her….move on josh.”
Jewelry designer Markus Molinari — who has worked with Perry — also claimed Kloss had an “obsession” with Perry and told him to “move on.”
Another model who starred in Perry’s “Thinking of You” music video defended the singer in a separate post and called the accusation a “smear job.”
“What I can tell you is my personal experience and it was nothing but positive,” model Anderson Davis said. “Katy was extremely inspiring, sweet, darling, professional on set and off the few times that we ran into each other.”
“ Simply put…it sounds like a smear job to me,” he continued. “Maybe it’s always been this way, but moreso today, everyone seems so needy for attention no matter how they can get it , even at the cost of someone else’s reputation. We have a responsibility as a society as individuals not to be careless with our accusations or words.”
He also said none of Katy’s reps ever told him what to say when answering questions in interviews.
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I’d be 100% happy to defend Katy. After being contacted regarding my thoughts on this from numerous entertainment outlets, I’ve decided to give my own words here so that they couldn’t be twisted! I read an article regarding the male model’s thoughts and what he had claimed Katy Perry had done to him. What I can tell you is my personal experience and it was nothing but positive. Katy was extremely inspiring, sweet, darling, professional on set and off the few times that we ran into each other. I personally didn’t have anyone on Katy’s team lording over me to answer interview questions in any certain way. We made a beautiful music video , I worked with some very talented but more importantly great people, and made some friends that I’ve enjoyed drinks and dinner with over the years. Simply put…it sounds like a smear job to me. Maybe it’s always been this way, but moreso today, everyone seems so needy for attention no matter how they can get it , even at the cost of someone else’s reputation. We have a responsibility as a society as individuals not to be careless with our accusations or words. #katyperry
Others online have noted the similarities the allegations share with the many accusations of sexual assault against prominent men as part of the #MeToo movement. They also express concern that Perry is being treated differently in regard to cancel culture, primarily because few prominent women have been accused of sexual misconduct.
Others have referenced an incident where the singer kissed a 19-year-old man on American Idol without his consent. In 2017, Perry kissed contestant Benjamin Glazer during the audition round after he said he had had yet to have his first kiss. Glazer described the kiss as “uncomfortable” but stopped short of calling it harassment.
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Childish Gambino Sued for Alleged Copyright Infringement
- Florida rapper Kidd Wes filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in New York Thursday against Grammy award-winning artist Childish Gambino.
- Kidd Wes claims Childish Gambino’s 2018 song “This Is America” plagiarized his 2016 song “Made in America,” arguing that the two songs have “nearly-identical unique rhythmic, lyrical, and thematic compositional and performance content.”
- Kidd Wes’ lawyers said his client is seeking damages from profits for record sales, endorsements, and other income sources.
Childish Gambino Faces Lawsuit
Grammy award-winning rapper Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, is being sued for alleged copyright infringement by Florida rapper Kidd Wes.
According to Pitchfork, he filed a lawsuit in a New York federal court on Thursday arguing that “the substantial similarities between both songs include, but are not limited to, nearly-identical unique rhythmic, lyrical, and thematic compositional and performance content contained in the chorus—or ‘hook’—sections that are the centerpieces of both songs.”
Pitchfork reported that defendants in the suit include Glover, the song’s co-writer Young Thug, producer Lüdwig Goransson, Kobalt Music, RCA Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Young Stoner Life Publishing LLC, 300 Entertainment, Atlantic Records, Warner Music Group, Roc Nation, Universal Music Publishing Group, and Warner Chappell Music.
“This Is America” and its accompanying music video were praised for providing stark social commentary on America’s history with racism, inequality, and gun violence. In 2019, it won both Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards, making it the first rap song to take home the prize in either of those top categories. The song has been streamed over 465 million times on Spotify and the music video has been viewed on YouTube over 773 million times.
Lawyers Argue Similarities Are “Beyond Coincidental”
The music video for “Made in America” has just over 415,000 views on YouTube. Nwosuocha has 12,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. While Nwosuocha may have a smaller platform than Glover, his lawyers claim it is no mistake that the two songs sound alike.
“The similarities between the two pieces of music are beyond coincidental, and amounts to infringement as alleged in the complaint filed by our client, Emelike Nwosuocha, professionally known as Kidd Wes,” attorneys Imran H. Ansari and La’Shawn N. Thomas told Pitchfork. “Mr. Nwosuocha is confident in his claims, and simply seeks the credit and compensation he deserves for the unauthorized use of his music.”
Nwosuocha is reportedly seeking damages from profit in roughly 43 instances, including record sales, ringtones, endorsements, and record masters.
Glover has not responded publicly to the lawsuit. This is not the first time he has been accused of plagiarism over the song “This Is America.” Previously, he was accused of taking inspiration from New York rapper Jase Harley’s song “American Pharaoh.” At the time, Harley said he did not want to take legal action. Glover’s manager also denied Glover stole from Harley’s work.
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MrBeast Accused of Creating Toxic Workplace
- YouTuber MrBeast, who is known for his massive giveaways, was accused of fostering a toxic workplace in a Tuesday article by The New York Times.
- One former employee claimed he quit after a week because MrBeast had unreasonable demands and “nothing ever worked for him.”
- Another, named Matt Turner, said he was berated almost every day and was often called a “phrase used to insult people with mental disabilities.”
- Turner previously posted several videos about his experience working for MrBeast. In one, he praised the YouTuber and thanked him for a fun experience, but in another, he painted a negative and hostile picture of MrBeast.
MrBeast Accused of Creating Toxic Workplace
YouTuber MrBeast was accused of creating a toxic workplace in a Tuesday article from The New York Times.
Jimmy Donaldson, who goes by MrBeast online, is known for his massive giveaways and “stunt philanthropy” videos. He has gained a substantial following and as The Times, noted, is a huge influence for many young creators.
However, former employees said that behind the scenes, Donaldson is a very different person. According to The Times, his corporate entities “have been rife with favoritism and bullying.”
Matt Turner, who was an editor for Donaldson between 2018 and 2019, said that he was berated “almost every day” and that Donaldson often called him by a “phrase used to insult people with mental disabilities,” which would leave him in tears.
According to the report, Donaldson initially largely hired friends to work for him, but as his empire grew, so did his number of staffers. Turner told The Times that while those friends got to be in videos, he struggled to be acknowledged.
“I was not to be credited for anything I did,” Turner said. “I’d ask for credit, he’d credit someone else.”
Another former staffer, Nate Anderson, said he worked for Donaldson for a week in 2018 before quitting because of what he described as unreasonable demands.
“Nothing ever worked for him,” he told The Times. “He always wanted it a certain way.”
When Anderson uploaded a video describing his experience, he was met with hateful messages and even death threats from Donaldson’s fans. Turner said the same happened to him when he posted videos and wrote about his experience on social media.
The Times spoke to, 20-year-old Akash Rathod, a fan who found Donaldson’s silence regarding these complaints and the subsequent death threats from his followers troubling.
“There needs to be more from Mr. Beast on the issues his fans are causing,” Rathod said. “It’s not enough just to make positive videos.”
Donaldson did not give a comment to The Times for their piece. A representative for him declined to talk about the workplace allegations and only acknowledged a part of the piece that briefly mentioned Donaldson’s past use of slurs and offensive jokes.
“When Jimmy was a teenager and was first starting out, he carelessly used, on more than one occasion, a gay slur,” the representative said.
They added that he now “knows there is no excuse for homophobic rhetoric” and “has grown up and matured into someone that doesn’t speak like that.”
Former Employee’s Previous Remarks
Rogue Rocket reached out to Donaldson for comment. In response, MrBeast sent a clip that Turner previously posted where he discussed his work experience in a much brighter light. In that video, which has since been deleted but exists in reuploads, Turner referred to the gig as a “dream job” and recommended others work for Donaldson.
“If you have the opportunity to get this job that I had, totally take it,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun. It was basically just like a friendship. And going to work was a blast each and every day.”
Turner then said his decision to part ways from the role was mutual, as the company knew he would not be in the job for the long haul. Turner said he was going to college, wanted to backpack across Asia, and was considering moving to Los Angeles eventually, so they decided to part ways.
He also claimed that even after he was no longer working there, Donaldson, who had been paying for his rent while he worked for him, continued to pay for him to stay in his apartment and encouraged him to stay as long as he needed. Turner said he even continued to receive paychecks after he left the job for an unspecified period of time.
“And that is basically funding my trip to backpack across Asia,” he explained. “He’s saying, ‘You don’t have to work for me, but I’ll still pay you. And because of that, I hope that lets you live in L.A., go to college, backpack Asia, whatever you want to do after this, I want to set you up for that.’”
“If you’re watching this MrBeast, I fucking love you bro,” he continued.
However, these are not the only remarks Turner has made about his experience working for Donaldson prior to the release of The New York Times report. He previously posted several tweets, which were later taken down, describing a hostile environment where he was “bullied” and “having mental breakdowns day after day.”
He also posted another video, which was deleted but has been partially reuploaded by other channels, where he said that he only posted positive remarks about Donaldson to “clout chase” because he was afraid of what would happen if he spoke ill of the YouTuber. He then painted a much more confrontational picture of Donaldson, telling a story where Donaldson allegedly wiped an entire project and cursed at him after being unhappy with an edit.
Taylor Laurenz, who wrote the article about Donaldson in The New York Times, told Insider that this story is reflective of a larger issue within creator culture.
“For a large portion of Gen Z that doesn’t want to be creators themselves, working for a creator seems like an absolute dream job,” she said. “But we see time and time again that these creators have basically little to no management experiences and, behind the scenes, can create a really hostile, stressful environment.”
“Working for a 22-year-old YouTube star isn’t going to be the most professional work environment,” she added. “But if you are posturing yourself as a business leader or the next Elon Musk, you should think about the type of work culture you’re creating and what you are rewarding.”
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Will Smith To Make Docuseries About Getting Fit After Saying He’s “In The Worst Shape” of His Life
- Will Smith announced on Tuesday that he will star in a YouTube Originals series called “Best Shape of My Life,” which will premiere in 2022 and follow the actor on a fitness and weight loss journey.
- The news comes just a few days after Smith shared that he was in “the worst shape” of his life in an Instagram post that resonated with several people as many across the country struggle with pandemic weight gain.
- “This is the body that carried me through an entire pandemic and countless days grazing thru the pantry,” Smith wrote in his announcement post on Instagram. “I love this body, but I wanna FEEL better… Hope it works!”
Will Smith to Star in YouTube Originals Docu-series
Just days after sharing that he is in the “worst shape” of his life, actor Will Smith announced on Tuesday that he will be starring in a YouTube Originals series called “Best Shape of My Life.”
“You’re a real one for this,” YouTuber Casey Neistat wrote.
“Fucking love it. That’s confidence,” Smith’s Suicide Squad co-star Joel Kinnaman added.
According to the show’s official description, “Best Shape of My Life” will follow “the story of Will Smith, looking up one day to find himself in middle age, rebuilding his body into the best shape of his life and getting his groove back along the way.” In it, he will challenge his physical abilities with the help of pro-athletes, scientists, other experts, and YouTube creators.
The docuseries will air in six parts in 2022. It marks his second project with YouTube Originals, following his 2018 bungee-jumping stunt that raised money for charity to celebrate his 50th birthday. “Best Shape of My Life” is being produced by Westbrook Media, a company the Fresh Prince star launched with his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Series Will Address Pandemic Weight Gain
“This is the body that carried me through an entire pandemic and countless days grazing thru the pantry,” Smith wrote on Instagram. “I love this body, but I wanna FEEL better”
“Imma get in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE,” he continued. “Hope it works!”
Pandemic weight gain has been a common issue for people all over the world. According to Healthline, 61% of Americans said they gained weight as the world shuttered because of COVID-19.