Earlier this week, we reported that adult entertainer Tegan Zayne has accused Topher DiMaggio of raping him the night before they filmed a scene together.
Zayne attests DiMaggio strong-armed him into having intercourse while sharing a room together during the shoot. He alleges he felt “belittled and degraded” and “told how I’m such a girl.”
“I’ve seen a lot of stories come out about the metoo thing,” he wrote, “but it’s [sic] feels like no one cares about the male victims, or the sex workers. As someone else said ‘rap [sic] doesn’t exist in this line of wrk’, and it couldn’t be more true.”
On Thursday, DiMaggio picked an unusual way to deny Zayne’s allegations, penning a now-deleted tweet (plagiarized from Russell Simmons’ denial statement to the New York Times), and apparently cribbing tweets from other men perhaps in the hopes of creating a false narrative that Zayne consented to having sex. (The NSFW site Str8UpGayPorn was first to point this out.)
As part of his statement, DiMaggio attached a tweet by Zayne that says “even though I was willing to sleep with him…”
The statement, however, is taken out of context.
Zayne points out he said this about a completely different partner:
“Imagine screenshotting [sic] a tweet that wasn’t about you, and making it about you to further your defensive agenda when you know you’re wrong”
Imagine screenshotting a tweet that wasn’t about you, and making it about you to further your defensive agenda when you know you’re wrong
— ?EG?? (@TeganZayne) January 26, 2018
Here’s the full text of DiMaggio’s (now-deleted) statement, which relies heavily on a previous statement written by Russell Simons:
I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core. All of my relations with this person have been consensual and willing. The current accusations against me range from the patently untrue to hurtful. Also, stating he WILLINGLY had sex with me (see screnshot below). Furthermore, he never said “no”. I’m hurt by these false accusations and malicious slanderous statements that are simply not true. The presumption of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ must not be replaced by “Guilty by Accusation.” Not wanting to further a relationship or not being friendly enough after having consensual sex doesn’t give the other person who had different expectations of a romance the right to accuse someone of something so awful. Rape is a very serious thing and not a word to be thrown around. To all my friends and followers please use this opportunity to open a healthy dialogue and not as an opportunity to attack or belittle anyone.