"Teenage Dream" model Josh Kloss accuses Katy Perry of sexual assault
12 August 2019, 13:05
In a lengthy Instagram post, Josh Kloss, who appeared as Katy Perry's love interest in the 2010 "Teenage Dream" music video, alleged that the singer sexually assaulted him.
Model Josh Kloss has accused Katy Perry of sexual assault in a lengthy Instagram post shared on Sunday, 11 August. Kloss, who appeared as Katy's love interest in the 2010 music video for "Teenage Dream" said that an encounter with the singer had left him feeling "pathetic and embarrassed".
Over the weekend Kloss posted a screenshot of the 'Teenage Dream' music video on Instagram and alleged that the singer had exposed his penis to a group of people without his consent.
Read Josh Kloss' full statement below:
"You know. After I met Katy, we sang a worship song, 'open the eyes of my heart'. She was cool and kind. When other people were around she was cold as ice even called the act of kissing me 'gross' to the entire set while filming. Now I was pretty embarrassed but kept giving my all, as my ex was busy cheating on me and my daughter was just a toddler, I knew I had to endure for her sake. After the first day of shooting, Katy invited me to a strip club in Santa Barbara. I declined and told her 'I have to go back to hotel and rest, because this job is all I have right now'
So I saw Katy a couple times after her break up with Russel [sic]. This one time I brought a friend who was dying to meet her. It was Johny [sic] Wujek’s birthday party at moonlight roller way. And when I saw her, we hugged and she was still my crush. But as I turned to introduce my friend, she pulled my Adidas sweats and underwear out as far as she could to show a couple of her guy friends and the crowd around us, my penis.
Can you imagine how pathetic and embarrassed i felt? I just say this now because our culture is set on proving men of power are perverse. But females with power are just as disgusting. So for all her good she is an amazing leader, hers songs are mainly great empowering anthems. And that is it. I continued to watch her use clips of her music videos for her world tour and then her dvd, only highlighting one of her male co-stars, and it was me. I made around 650 in total off of teenage dream. I was lorded over by her reps, about not discussing a single thing about anything regarding Katy publicly. And a couple interviews they edited and answered for me.
So, happy anniversary to one of the most confusing, assaulting, and belittling jobs I’ve ever done. Yay #teenagedream
I was actually gonna play the song and sing it on ukele for the anniversary, but then as I was tuning I thought, fuck this, I’m not helping her bs image another second."
The model responded on Instagram stories to those doubting his story.
"There have been a million times I cold have brought it up, but those times would have benefited me financially. At the time, there is absolutely no benefit for me..." the model wrote.
This past weekend was the 9 year anniversary of the "Teenage Dream" music video which was released on 10 August, 2010.
Watch Josh Kloss in the "Teenage Dream" music video below.
Two of Katy's good friends, costume designer Johnny Wujek and jewellery designer Markus Molinari, defended the singer. "Katy would never do something like that," Wujek wrote in the comment section of the lengthy post.
Katy Perry has yet to respond to the claim. However, the singer did tweet on Sunday "can't we all just be kind and good? Why is that so hard?"
Can’t we all just be kind and good? Why is that so hard?— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 11, 2019