Drag Race star Robbie Turner admits that ‘fatal car crash’ never happened
RuPauls’ Drag Race contestant Robbie Turner has admitted that she was not in a deadly car crash, explaining that she had mistaken the events of a dream for her memories.
The drag queen also apologised to the CEO of Uber – whose driver she had said died in the accident – as well as her employer Queer Bar and anyone offended by her account of the fictional incident.
Turner claimed last week to have been in a fatal car crash that killed her Uber driver, which she said she escaped from “with barely a scratch.”
Turner – real name Jeremy Baird – wrote on Twitter: I just woke up. I’ve been in a car accident. I didn’t recollect it. I’m not certain what happened. My driver did not survive.”
She added: “Last night on my way home my Uber was struck by a drunk driver. I closed my eyes briefly & it happened. I heard it, but hit my head & it was over.
“They ran tests at the hospital, but outside of my shoulder feeling jammed & my right eye hurting, I only have a bruise. Grateful.”
The crash claim attracted shade and speculation from other Drag Race contestants, though 2018 Celebrity Big Brother winner Courtney Act told PinkNews that people should be “supporting and having empathy.”
Following Turner’s post, a Seattle Police spokesperson said: “I am not aware of anything like that occurring, nor are any of my colleagues aware of this accident.”
A representative from Uber said that none of their drivers had been involved in a drink-driving accident.
And in a post on Instagram, Turner clarified that her memory had misled her.
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Much public attention followed my recent posts on social media. These were posts I regret sharing. I don’t remember much of that night, including leaving my place of employment. I do recall waking up bruised, disoriented, sore, and with an extremely vivid recollection of events that had, to my mind, absolutely occurred. It is clear to me that they did not, in fact, happen. The past few months have been very stressful for my family and I. The stress, depression, heartache and confusion during this time have overwhelmed me. On the advice of physicians and caring mental health professionals, I am taking a break from work and social media to spend more time with family and practice some important self-care. In addition, I apologize to Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO, for naming a company I respect in such a negative public way. That’s not who I am, but it’s what I did, and I am sorry for it. I also extend my apologies to Queer Bar, as well as anyone who may have felt that my original post lacked sensitivity. For that I am also regretful. I appreciate the continued support of my fans and respect for my privacy during this time. I hope to take better care of myself, learn from this painful season and nourish what brought me joy about my art to begin with.
She wrote: “Much public attention followed my recent posts on social media. These were posts I regret sharing.
“I don’t remember much of that night, including leaving my place of employment. I do recall waking up bruised, disoriented, sore, and with an extremely vivid recollection of events that had, to my mind, absolutely occurred.
“It is clear to me that they did not, in fact, happen.”
She added that the past few months “have been very stressful for my family and I. The stress, depression, heartache and confusion during this time have overwhelmed me.
“On the advice of physicians and caring mental health professionals, I am taking a break from work and social media to spend more time with family and practice some important self-care.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Turner went into more depth about what happened, saying: “After days of poking around and sleuthing to figure out everything I had gone through, days later I saw footage of me coming home, getting out of a car, and getting into my apartment okay.
“What [I] think happened is that I was slipped something [in my drink], because I didn’t drink that much that night, and [that I] slipped and fell in the shower.
“The hat I was wearing is completely bent and gross, so we think I hit my head in the shower, got out of makeup, went to bed, and had a very vivid and ridiculous dream.”
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She also dismissed Drag Race queens like Trixie Mattel and Willam Belli who made fun of her posts.
“I was never fooled that there was a sisterhood in the beginning, Turner said.
“I mean, we don’t all see each other and we don’t call each other. Basically, once you’ve gone through the gamut of Drag Race, the only time you really see the girls is if you are on a specific tour with them.
“Even if you were friendly prior to Drag Race, you don’t really see and/or talk to every single girl regularly. So, I’m not terribly surprised.”