“Drag Race” Star Sherry Pie Apologized In A TV Interview For Catfishing Multiple Men
Sherry Pie, whose real name is Joey Gugliemelli, admitted to his victims’ claims, which include tricking one into masturbating on camera.
The RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant who was disqualified due to a predatory catfishing scheme apologized in a live interview on the Tamron Hall show on Tuesday.
Joey Gugliemelli, better known as Sherry Pie, did not deny his victims’ claims, of which the talk show host said there are now “up to about a dozen.”
“I first want to say, there are no allegations,” Gugliemelli said in the interview. “I admit to my wrongdoings and, just beyond wrongdoings, horrible behavior.”
Jackie Cox, another Drag Race contestant from Season 12, tweeted that the Tamron Hall show should “reconsider giving Sherry Pie access to the platform of national television to tell their side of the story without first speaking with the victims of her abuses and allowing them to weigh in on their own trauma.”
“Being a performer and public persona is not a right, it is a privilege,” Cox tweeted. “Sherry relinquished this privilege by their actions. Giving Sherry a spotlight without the forethought to reach out to victims is irresponsible, immoral, & wrong. I stand with the victims of Sherry’s actions.”
According to five men who spoke to BuzzFeed News in March 2020, Gugliemelli pretended to be a casting agent named Allison Mossie in order to trick the aspiring actors into sending sexually degrading “audition videos” of themselves, including one in which a victim masturbated on camera.