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A relationship that started on Vine has ended in a major scandal.

Word has come out that Curtis Lepore was arrested in October on charges that he raped Jessi Smiles, a woman he met via the video service Vine.

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Lepore was released on $100,000 bail at the time and appeared in court yesterday to answer the charge.


According to TMZ insiders, Jessi and Curtis – whose relationship was a big deal in the Vine world and who met in person last summer after getting to know each other online – were in Los Angeles last August when something went wrong and they split up.

But Jessi then got a concussion a short while later and Curtis offered to help her recover.

The victim alleges that Jessi fell asleep in Curtis’ presence and that’s when the sexual assault took place.

"Be careful of who you trust. Always be cautious for your safety. Be strong and don’t let your guard down…" Jessi Tweeted the day after the reported rape.

In a brief statement to TMZ, Lepore attorney says: "Things are not always as they appear and there are two sides to every story."

We’ll update this article as news breaks.

UPDATE: Lepore has released a statement and asked folks not to judge.

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