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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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31.

upopuoy    

Hate little girls who scream rape. I don't think she realises how big of a deal this is.

243 days ago
32.

BbWimm    

Idk who is guilty of what, but that dude creeps me out. He looks like a munchkin troll. Whatever those look like... But that's what comes to mind when looking at him. Always being hella obnoxious and making stupid azz faces.

243 days ago
33.

IfYouSaySo    

If this story is true , why not come out earlier with it to warn other girls about him .. I'll tell u why .. New year new Fame..shes called TMZ Her self ... And gives permission to use her name ?? If u have a "fan base " why not make a statement to them first lol ... Any thing for fame .. Thanks kim Kardashian .. Ur influence on our youth is awesome !!!

243 days ago
34.

boo boo    

She filed a police report. He was arrested. What else should she have done? A media tour? Yeah, that's justice. She did the NORMAL thing a person would do. Sigh.

243 days ago
35.

may28    

That happens to alot of us. Instead of police...cuz that kinda rape is hard to prove. Just sucker punch his ass!!!

243 days ago
36.

Carl    

This is a wait and see thing. Her story might be true or she might be trying to get back at him. Hopefully the truth will come out in court.

243 days ago
37.

rlemons    

Really?

243 days ago
38.

alyssag    

Maybe she didn't make a big ordeal and announce it to the world is because comments like these. She doesn't need to tell any of her followers anyway it has nothing to do with them. It's already a painful process she doesn't need anyone else to make it worse. It seems every time a woman tries to get justice a lot of people claim that she's doing it for some kind of revenge. Part of the reason a lot of woman don't report rape is because ******* like you guys in this comment section who victim blame and make rude ass comments like these.

243 days ago
39.

Sonja    

Hate these cases.. you should be required to report it immediately not wait a year. Though I am sure it happens the guy is totally at the girls mercy.. there is no proof of anything so it's just her saying he (or any other guy) did it. If the girl says he did and he says he didn't do it .. a year later how do you actually charge anyone or convict anyone?

243 days ago
40.

Jackie    

Of course she gave you permission to use her name...how else would she be fame whored?

243 days ago
41.

Bri     

Hi, I actually dated Curtis when he lived in New York and was in the band 'ghost ship' he was kicked out because he was punched in the face on stage and ran away. Which is what made him move to California, I can tell you that I'm not surprised as I dealt with many weird creepy things. Who knows what happened while I was asleep.

243 days ago
42.

Sam    

Harvey

You do understand women are not personal property just because you are someones girlfriend or wife that does not in anyway give consent to sex, especially if they are sleeping or if they flat out say NO.

You are not entitled to sleep with her because she is not your property she is a person in control of her own body and thoughts. This isn't about some radical ideas of feminism, it's common sense. I suggest you change your views on women they are not things they are not possessions and if he did have sex with her without consent then yes that is in fact rape.

243 days ago
43.

jimi    

People will STILL defend him. I will never understand that. He is a pig, a womanizer, and overall a piece of s*** - never followed him, never will. Stop being blind people. and support people who are ACTUALLY funny. (Vine - Jimi G)

243 days ago
44.

Gabby17    

It's quite ridiculous that a woman can't report rape without people assuming she's lying. I've seen a bunch of ignorant comments and the ones that stuck out the most was the "they were dating= consent" bull****, "why did she wait so long? She must be lying" or my favorite, "wannabe fame whore". Honestly what the **** is wrong with you people, she probably waited a year because she was horrified to come to terms with the fact that yes, she was in fact raped. She was raped by a guy she trusted. Which reminds me; so ****ing what if they were dating. If she says no, don't take it upon yourself to forcefully continue. No means no. She isn't a fame whore, she is a woman that got her rights as a human to say no taken away from her.

243 days ago
45.

StupidRacistHillbilly    

She's going for cash gold digging tramp like the rest of her kind

243 days ago
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