Fans saw the dark side of the former beloved Vine couple on Jan. 16 when it was revealed that Curtis had been accused of raping Jessi in her sleep. But after the allegations went public, Curtis swiftly responded on Twitter — and on Vine, of course — saying that ‘there are 2 sides to every story.’
Vine star Curtis Lepore was in court on Jan. 14 facing accusations that he raped his ex-girlfriend and fellow Vine star Jessi Smiles while she was sleeping. But after pleading not guilty in the hearing, he took to Twitter and Vine to respond to the allegations even further.
Curtis Lepore Responds To Rape Allegations
Curtis took a clear stance on Twitter, reiterating that he’s innocent until proven guilty:
There are 2 sides to every story. When the time is right I’ll have something to say. For now, don’t rush to judge. pic.twitter.com/sGNzmyOBAA
— Curtis Lepore (@curtislepore) January 16, 2014
Curtis also posted a Vine video (see it below) to his 3.4 million followers with a similar message. In the video he says, “There are two sides to every story. When the time is right, I will have something to say.” The caption of video meanwhile, was nearly the same exact message as the picture he tweeted out.
It makes sense that Curtis is mostly staying mum on the subject — for legal reasons — but his tweet, and his not guilty plea, suggests that he fully intends to fight the charges he’s facing.
Curtis Lepore Accused Of Raping Jessi Smiles
During a trip to Los Angeles in August, Jessi reportedly suffered a concussion while filming a Vine video, according to TMZ. Though she and Curtis had already broken up, he offered to take care of her while she recovered. And one day when she fell asleep, Curtis allegedly raped her.
He was reportedly arrested in October and released on $100,000 bail.
The day after the alleged incident, Jessi tweeted:
Be careful of who you trust. Always be cautious for your safety. Be strong and don’t let your guard down…
— Jessi Smiles (@jessismiles__) September 1, 2013
And it appears that Jessi is going to fight in this case as hard as Curtis is. In October, presumably after Curtis was arrested, Jessi tweeted this message:
You’re everything I thought you never were and nothing like I thought you could’ve been.
— Jessi Smiles (@jessismiles__) October 26, 2013
This is such a horrible incident, regardless of whether Curtis is guilty or not. And because he and Jessi have a combined following of over six million on Vine, we’re sure the case will be closely followed by many.
— Andrew Gruttadaro