“I have a weird story to tell about Sherry Pie,” the post began.
It was, as promised, a weird story that would spark off an alleged catfishing scandal and throw the entire season of Drag Race into disarray.
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Sherry Pie is the drag persona of Joey Gugliemelli and one of the contestants in the latest season of RuPaul’s hit show, which airs in Australia on STAN. Shimkus, who recently toured internationally as Catboy in the PJ Masks live show, explained in his post that he and Sherry had met while attending Cortland State University’s musical theatre program. The two of them had performed together. It was after Sherry left the university that Shimkus says the story took its “weird turn”.
Shimkus says a friend put him in contact with a woman called Allison Mossie about a role in a play at the prestigious Playwrights Horizons theatre in New York. He alleges that Mossie “immediately seemed interested” in his work, and over a period of three weeks, they discussed pay, living situations and acting choices. And then there were the videos he sent of himself.
“I had to film scenes that felt particularly sexual and awkward, but the opportunity seemed too good to let the overt sexual nature or my inhibitions get in the way,” he says in the post.
“The specific video submissions I sent were of me taking steroids and immediately growing larger muscles and gaining physical power. The character, Jeff, talked about how much his armpits began to stink and how much he liked that.”
Eventually, Shimkus says, he contacted Playwrights Horizons directly. The person he spoke to had never heard of Mossie.
Shimkus went back to the friend who had put him in contact with Mossie. He alleges his friend said the contact had come from Sherry, and when he spoke to other friends, he alleges two of them knew people who’d had similar experiences with Mossie and also knew Sherry.
Buzzfeed News picked up the story, claiming that at least five aspiring young actors told them that Gugliemelli had catfished them over several years. The actors said Gugliemelli had posed as a casting director and led them to submit audition tapes where they were doing and saying degrading things.