Drag Race winner Aquaria warns shamed season 12 queen Sherry Pie: ‘My community is not the one to f**k with’
Drag Race season 12 queen Sherry Pie was given a sharp warning by Aquaria after being accused of catfishing.
Sherry Pie, real name Joey Gugliemelli, apologised after it was alleged she had posed as a casting director and instructed five actors to send sexualised audition videos to her.
One of the five said that Gugliemelli went as far as encouraging him to masturbate on tape.
Gugliemelli said he was “sorry… horribly embarrassed and disgusted” with himself after the men went public with their stories.
He said he has been “seeking help and receiving treatment” since returning to New York, adding: “Until being on RuPaul’s Drag Race, I never really understood how much my mental health and taking care of things meant.
“I learned on that show how important ‘loving yourself’ is and I don’t think I have ever loved myself.”
His apology was rejected by season 10 winner Aquaria, who tweeted: “An apology should not include lies, to say the least.
Sherry Pie you are walking on very thin ice.
“Choose your words wisely because my community is not the one to f**k with.”
An apology should not include lies, to say the least. @sherrypienyc you are walking on very thin ice. Choose your words wisely because my community is not the one to fuck with.
— Aquaria (@aquariaofficial) March 6, 2020
Sherry Pie makes her Drag Race debut on Friday, March 6. VH1, which airs the series in the US, did not respond to a request for comment.
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On the same day that the Sherry Pie story broke, another season 12 queen, Brita, was forced to issue a strenuous denial against allegations of her own.
Brita (real name Jesse Havea) denied claims she had sexually assaulted a man who described himself as her drag daughter, after a social media post dating back to 2018 resurfaced online.
She wrote: “I reiterate that the claims made against me are untrue.
“As someone who cares very deeply about the importance of consent (from first-hand experience), I always actively attempt to bring that to the forefront of any sexual encounter I have.
“I plan to continue to do what I’ve always done with my drag: try to create safe spaces where people feel comfortable to express themselves.”
PinkNews has contacted Joey Gugliemelli and Jesse Havea for comment.