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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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46.

mark    

is it really "rape" if the person slept right thru it?
his dick must have been so small...she didnt feel a thing anyhow!!

196 days ago
47.

en Todo Momento!!    

wow. some folks just have to be the kings of everything they didn't invent, don't they? is this how you territorialize things that don't belong to you nowadays? spam king territory.

196 days ago
48.

PokeFangirl    

So if you have a concussion and call someone who you know and trust to watch you as you sleep because you're scared something bad may happen only to wake up and find them having sex with you, that isn't rape? Rape isn't always violent beatings, or putting a weapon to a victims back to keep them quiet. She is a person not a possession so unless he had full coherent consent it's rape end of discussion (also they were broken up). It has nothing to do with "feminist bull****"as one very sick, and probably single commentator wrote. And the rest of you backwards idiots this applies to girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wives, and random drunk people at a party, no consent=rape. Also why should have to report her life issues to the general public? Not all Viners/YouTubeers are fame whores who want to have their entire lives out there for the world to see especially not something so intimacy personal and emotionally damaging. Also she made a vague the say after, and they started removing multiple of their videos together, shows that she pressed charges early and the case as, TMZ reported, has been building up (probably from investigation among other things) under the radar.

196 days ago
49.

Joe    

Ge is the ex sing of the straight edge hardcore band GhostxShip!

196 days ago
50.

charlene    

Who are these people? Never heard of them or their show. But anyway sounds kind of fishy to me. If she said he raped her and he went to jail and to court there was most likely some kind of evidence of the crime.

196 days ago
51.

Kait    

This is slander and you guys can get sued. You people have A LOT of time on your hands oh my gosh. Any news website that says the word "BTW" is obviously not a real professional site. You people are retarded, who would believe this ****?

196 days ago
52.

Kait    

This is a celebrity gossip website. Remember when everyone believed Miley Cyrus was pregnant with Juicy Js baby? It's because websites like this just type out a stupid long paragraph, and wait for gullible retards to spread it.

196 days ago
53.

AmericanNightmare    

Cool, maybe this all means he'll stop trying to sleep with 16 year old girls, too. Because anyone who knows him, knows he is all about them underage girls.

196 days ago
54.

Tom Who    

I already knew this guy was a homophobic douchebag, but, this is quite a bombshell. The fact that he had to pay $100,000 to avoid prison before the trial means that there must be some pretty solid evidence against him.

196 days ago
55.

anitabonhit    

only this day and age, someone feels the need to tweet about being raped.

196 days ago
56.

random opinion    

i think this is a classic case of a girlfriend being raped because the guy thought that "she wanted it". however, who knows, jessi could secretly be a crazy bitch that lies about that ****. i guess only they actually know the true story.

196 days ago
57.

Ajeezey    

I swear, 95% of these alleged rapes are false...just some bitch looking for attention...that's not to say she wasn't raped, but chances are she either twisted the story, or made it up all together

196 days ago
58.

AshleyBrooke    

Jessi was vine famous BEFORE Curtis was. She isn't doing this for attention or whatever, she is one of the most down to earth top viners.

195 days ago
59.

RealTalkBetty    

The dude is kinda weird and why would someone lie hope he gets what he deserve.

195 days ago
60.

CountryPrincess    

Curtis is one of the best vinersand hes had it rough in the past. Jessi smiles is nothing but a phony and shes looking for attention. In all honesty, i cant stand her. I have curtis's back 100% because hes not the type of person to hurt anybody.

195 days ago
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