Jeffree Star Accused of Sexual and Physical Assault, Bribery

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday October 1, 2020

Jeffree Star, makeup and beauty expert and YouTube celebrity, has been accused of sexual assault, physical violence, and bribery, Page Six reports.

A lengthy Insider profile details the allegations against the outrageous and flamboyant Star — including tasing, unwelcome groping, and in one specific instance drugging and forcibly performing oral sex on Gage Arthur, a homeless man at the time of his 2009 incident.

Star's attorneys refute many of the allegations, particularly where Arthur is concerned, calling his story "false and defamatory," stating that Star had never drugged anyone in order to have sex. Troublingly, it appears as though Star — by way of his attorneys — offered money to some victims in exchange for recanting their accusations. Insider reports that Arthur attempted to recant his allegations; but prior to doing so, the publication said it was able to corroborate Arthur's story with witnesses.

Star has also been accused of paying his new boyfriend, Andre Marhold, a basketball player, to date him. Star accused Marhold of robbing him, to which Marhold, in an Instagram post, said Star is "lying."

The makeup guru has been controversial in the past. As a MySpace celebrity, he posted several videos to the social media site that include racist rhetoric and sentiment. When these posts were given broader exposure, Star issued an apology in a 2017 YouTube video.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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