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Vine Star Curtis Lepore

On Trial for Allegedly Raping Vine Star GF

1/16/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Vine megastar Curtis Lepore was in court Tuesday ... facing charges of raping Vine star girlfriend Jessi Smiles while she was sleeping, TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Lepore was arrested in October -- and released on $100,000 bail -- but it flew under the radar.  During Tuesday's hearing he pled not guilty.

Here's the back story.  We're told Jessi flew to see Curtis in L.A. last August but things didn't go well and they broke up. Jessi stayed in L.A. and a few days later got a concussion while shooting a Vine video.

Sources close to Jessi tell TMZ ... Curtis then called her and offered to help her while she was recovering.  The victim claims Curtis came over, Jessi fell asleep and that's when he allegedly raped her

The day after the incident, Jessi tweeted, "Be careful of who you trust. Always be cautious for your safety. Be strong and don't let your guard down..."

It's pretty insane. Curtis and Jessi's relationship was a HUGE deal in the Vine world -- they initially got in touch via the social media platform last summer and subsequently met in person in NYC ... in front of hundreds of their Vine fans.

Curtis' lawyer tells TMZ, "Things are not always as they appear and there are two sides to every story." 

BTW ... Jessi gave us permission to use her name.


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16.

Nella!    

THIS ISN'T STICKYDRAMA, YOU REPORT ON REAL CELEBRITIES NOT FAKE WANNA-BE INTERWEB CELEBRITIES

189 days ago
17.

Lucy in the Sky    

Good... Take that s*** cutis out.... I don't know why he is on TMZ ... He is not a real star... Just some quick shoot 6 second guy... Who is boring to watch I might add... JEN DENT! Now her I would like to hear a story on! Lol

189 days ago
18.

Vince    

What the hell is Vine? Is it another thing that all the teenagers are into and me being 33 is out of touch again?

189 days ago
19.

Verifyrob    

All of this talk of rape reminds me of when I wasn't verified on Vine until Christmas. Dreams really do come true.

189 days ago
20.

Verifyrob    

Shsjhsssh:):$/$&/

189 days ago
21.

Verifyrob    

/)/$:$:!/!!/!/!/

189 days ago
22.

Swins    

Stick to the TMZ, in case you forgot what that means.... THIRTY MILE ZONE....if it happens outside of that, ignore it.

If the person has not been in a TV show or movie, or written a published book (not self published) IGNORE THEM.

189 days ago
23.

Anthony    

He looks like a rapist. And what the hell is up with her face?? It's like she's pretty but ugly at the same time.

189 days ago
24.

Dirttrack00    

Hope the took the plan b pill-hang him if he's found guilty,.hang all the rapiest & child molesters-why should we pay to keep them? I'd rather rehab a druggie.

189 days ago
25.

laffnbear    

NP PNE, NO MATTER WHO CAN BE CALLED A "STAR" FOR A 6 SECOND VIDEO.No matter how low the bar.

189 days ago
26.

shewentwhoa    

I always found him to be annoying... And after they broke up her vines started to suck it's like she was becoming desperate...

189 days ago
27.

OnTheNine    

Proud of you Jessi.

189 days ago
28.

Lauren    

But if she said yes....

189 days ago
29.

Lauren    

I don't know what is true, but looking back on her tweets, it doesn't show any sign of someone actually traumatized by something. It'll take more than a few sad, cryptic tweets for me to believe her story.

One minute she's sad and cryptic, the next she's happy and back to normal. That doesn't sound like the behavior of a traumatized rape victim to me.

Both their lives are so public, both on Twitter and Vine. I assume these networks will be utilized in court and put under scrutiny by both the defense and prosecution. If that is so, her behavior on both of them since the "incident" will definitely work against her.

Were there any witnesses or are we going back and forth on this based on hearsay?

189 days ago
30.

robert    

Couldn't happen to a couple of bigger fame wh*res. good for them, they are finally famous. He's still not funny and she still has a face that would scare a blind man. Yeesh

189 days ago
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