DRAG Queen Sherry Pie has admitted to "horrible behavior" after being accused of "catfishing men into sending nudes."
Sherry Pie, the stage name for performer Joey Gugliemelli, appeared on The Tamron Hall Show on Monday, despite calls for Tamron to drop the TV star's interview.
"I first want to say that there are no ‘allegations'," Joey began, "I admit to my wrongdoings and horrible behavior."
The performer continued: "I don’t know if … more [victims] will come forward. I’m here to apologize, and I want to make that very clear.
"I understand now, in lieu of this year, how much pain I’ve caused. I just want to let the victims know, and everyone else know, that I am so sorry.
"I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and the trauma that I’ve caused. That’s really all I have to say."
In March 2020, RuPaul's Drag Race bosses disqualified the star when five actors came forward to claim Joey had pretended to be someone else online and had asked them to record themselves.
Joey allegedly posed as a casting director, and one victim said he was asked to perform a sex act on camera in the belief he was auditioning for a part in a New York play.
Over a dozen men have now made allegations against Joey.
The performer went on to tell Tamron that he was doing cognitive behavioral therapy, and that he had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
However, Joey insisted that he does not "blame my mental illness for anything I’ve done," and revealed he still speak to two of the alleged victims.
"One of them asked me to no longer contact them, and I totally understand that," Joey shared, revealing that they are his friends and he "wanted to be able to keep them around and keep them close."
Following the allegations, Joey dropped from the show although still appeared in scenes filmed in 2019.
VH1 and production company World of Wonder placed a statement at the beginning of each episode which read: "In light of recent developments and Sherry Pie's statement, Sherry Pie has been disqualified from RuPaul's Drag Race.
"Out of respect for the hard work of the other queens, VH1 will air the season as planned. Sherry will not appear in the grand finale scheduled to be filmed later this spring."
Jackie Cox, a fellow drag queen who appeared on the same season as Sherry Pie took to Twitter to slam the show for giving Joey a platform.
"I am publicly calling on @TamronHallShow to reconsider giving Sherry Pie access to the platform of national television to tell their side of the story without first speaking with the victims of her abuses and allowing them to weigh in on their own trauma," she wrote.
Ben Shimkus, one of Joey's alleged victims, also took to social media, writing: "Just so we are all clear on this, I spoke with producers at @TamronHallShow and told them that I and the 20 victims that I spoke to today DO NOT want them to air a segment with Sherry Pie.
"They're going to air it despite the all of our requests."
Tamron spoke to the complaints at the beginning of her episode, telling viewers: "The very idea that I’d have Sherry Pie on … was seen by some as giving away my platform.
"I’ve been a reporter for 30 years. I’ve interviewed rapists, I’ve interviewed murderers, I remember interviewing a woman in prison who murdered a child she was trusted to care for."
She continued: "It’s not giving away your platform. It’s called an interview, and people who do bad things are interviewed."
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