In a series of social media posts from August 11, model Josh Kloss — who played Katy Perry’s love interest in her 2010 music video for “Teenage Dream” — accused the singer of sexual misconduct.
Kloss first detailed the ordeal in a post on Instagram:
“So I saw Katy a couple times after break up with [Russell Brand]. This one time I brought a friend who was dying to meet her. It was [costume designer Johnny] Wujeck’s birthday party at moonlight roller way. And when I saw her, we hugged and she was still my crush,” he wrote. “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?”
According to his timeline, the alleged incident took place after Perry split with comedian Russell Brand in 2012. Kloss explained he decided to come forward now because our “culture is set on proving men of power are perverse,” so he wanted to show that “females with power are just as disgusting.”
He went on to call his experience on the video shoot as the “most confusing, assaulting, and belittling jobs” he’s ever done, and refused to celebrate the video’s ninth anniversary (it was released on Aug. 10, 2010), because doesn’t want to help her “bs image another second.”
Kloss would also like people to know that his decision to reveal these allegations has nothing to do with him seeking financial gain. “To admit that someone violated you in such a f***ed up way, and you didn’t call the cops at that moment was hard to swallow, and it took a lot of time,” he explained in an Instagram story (which was helpfully screen-captured via Daily Mail). Kloss added that if monetary gain was his only motive for bringing up allegations against Katy Perry, he would’ve brought it up “a million times” before now.
“At this time there is absolutely no benefit for me, but benefit for many others, who can contemplate power, would they do what she did to me, or would they stay respectful of me and my body,” he continued.
At the time of this writing, Katy Perry nor her team have responded to the allegations. However, Perry’s costume designer Johnny Wujek did respond in the comments of Kloss’s initial post – and he didn’t hold back.
“Oh hell no. I’m not about to let you make accusations against my friend like this. This is such bulls***. Katy would never do something like that. We all know about your on going obsession with her since the day of filming that video,” he wrote. “You were writing her music. And planning an imaginary future with her. It’s not ok to do this to people who have done nothing but uplift and inspire others. Focus on your life and your daughter and move on josh. I’ll be praying for you. We all will.”
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