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Well, that didn’t take long!
Joey Gugliemelli, a.k.a. Sherry Pie, currently appears on Season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. This week, he was accused of catfishing multiple young men by pretending to be a casting director and tricking them into sending him degrading videos of themselves.
One man, 23-year-old Josh Lillyman, told BuzzFeed News he was pressured by Gugliemelli to masturbate on camera as part of a fake audition process.
“I did everything he asked me to because at that point he had built up so much detail for the show that I was truly convinced it was real and associated with HBO,” he said. “It took a lot for me to break that delusion. I was willingly doing all the things he was asking me to.”
Now, VH1 and production company World of Wonder have issued a statement saying Joey Gugliemelli/Sherry Pie has been officially disqualified from the show amid the disturbing allegations.
“In light of recent developments and Sherry Pie’s statement, Sherry Pie has been disqualified from RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the statement reads. “Out of respect for the hard work of the other queens, VH1 will air the season as planned. Sherry will not appear in the grand finale scheduled to be filmed later this spring.”
Yesterday, 28-year-old Gugliemelli took to Facebook to issue a blanket apology for his predatory behavior.
“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.”
He went on to say that he has struggled with mental health issues and is currently seeking treatment in New York City.
“I truly apologize to everyone I have hurt with my actions,” Gugliemelli said. “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.”
Season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race will continue as scheduled tonight at 8 p.m. on VH1, although it remains to be seen how the show will address Gugliemelli’s disqualification in the upcoming episodes, which were pre-taped.