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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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1.

harvey is racist    

how can someone posssibly rape their own girlfriend??

thats the most ridiculous nonsense i have ever heard.. the mere fact that they are your gf or wife or husband or bf means they are yours to do as you will ...within bounds

how can you rape that which is yours???

another case of feminism gone bonkers.

take that nonsense some place else.. She's clearly angry that they broke up and wants to ruin his name and reputation

typical bitter woman. i bet the justice system is going to be on her side by default though. Nonsense

281 days ago
2.

Bob    

Who?

281 days ago
3.

EggsOverEasy    

As if there was not enough mediocre bullsh*t in this country now tmz is reporting on vine "stars".. Soon tmz will be part of whats mediocre , oops maybe it is already too late..

281 days ago
4.

Alex J    

Good, I hate that piece of crap guy. He was the guy who filmed the Gamestop employee mocking a customer and then joined in.

281 days ago
5.

VictorD    

What in the hell is a "vine star"?

281 days ago
6.

Zgar10    

No not Curtis! Jessie smiles must be lying!

281 days ago
7.

Marie    

"Curtis and Jessi's relationship was a HUGE deal in the Vine world"

There's a "vineworld"?

281 days ago
8.

tmzcommenter    

This is why you don't meet weirdos you've only had contact with online. I feel sorry for her but hopefully other women will learn a lesson here.

281 days ago
9.

I'm Awesome admit it     

Wow I watch both of them too I see why they haven't uploaded lately

281 days ago
10.

awesomewave    

Who and what?

281 days ago
11.

*_* JUST A FRIEND *_*    

I have no idea who these people are,I think I'm going to keep it that way...!!! TESTIFY !!!

281 days ago
12.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

He's guilty

281 days ago
13.

LunarJunk    

Megastars?

281 days ago
14.

eddiez    

This story is insane. It reminds me of the story where the girl is having sex with the guy and she said okay pull out.. and because he waited a few seconds, they considered those seconds he was still in her rape. When feminism runs a mock.. Women want to have it both ways..
Probably the same feminist teachers that sleep with their 14 year old students.

281 days ago
15.

Nella!    

Losers. She wanted it.

281 days ago
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