A popular Internet personality is being accused of sexually assaulting his now-ex-girlfriend — another popular Internet personality — while she slept off a concussion.
It was thanks to their army of fanatic fans that the two first met and it was in front of that army of fanatic fans that they first professed their love for each other.
But according to TMZ, the two soon called it quits and split up. They remained on good terms, which is why when Jessi sustained a concussion while recording a Vine last August, Lepore offered to help her in her recovery.
It was while at her house, TMZ says, that Lepore allegedly raped Jessi as she slept.
"Be careful of who you trust," Jessi tweeted the next day. "Always be cautious for your safety. Be strong and don't let your guard down."
Curtis was subsequently arrested, but released shortly thereafter on $100,000 bail. He made his initial court appearance on Tuesday to face rape charges.
Lepore's lawyer insists his client is innocent, telling TMZ, "Things are not always as they appear and there are two sides to every story."
Both Curtis and Jessi took to their respective Twitter accounts today following news of the rape allegations to make brief statements.
"I stopped living my life 6 months ago for a very long time and that is NOT going to happen again," Jessi wrote in a since deleted tweet. "This is all I will say. Love you all."
"Wow. TMZ?" retorted Lepore. "It all makes sense now. Let the second publicity stunt begin!"
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
Naturally, Lepore's fans have also had their say, and, needless to say, they have been less than compassionate toward Jessi:
I don't believe that curtis lepore raped jessi smiles. someone just wants attention.
— jess ⭐️ (@jessicahackn3y) January 16, 2014
@curtislepore my gut tells me u didn't do anything wrong. If anything she's the one that looks unstable.
— Dirce Milchorena (@DamaDirce) January 16, 2014
@curtislepore So much respect my man. Love you and your content no matter what happens.
— Avery Cope (@AveCope) January 16, 2014
@curtislepore eff that b yo
— BoBbY BaRrEdA (@BBaRrEdA88) January 16, 2014