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Curtis Lepore has released a brief statement in regard to the rape charges he faces for an alleged incident that took place between him and Jessi Smiles last summer.

Lepore, a viral star will millions of Vine followers, got to know Smiles online and finally met her in person about seven months ago.

The pair quickly became an item, much to the excitement of the Vine community, but they broke up in August.

A few days later, Jessi gave herself a concussion while shooting a video… Lepore offered to care for her… and then he allegedly forced himself on her when his ex-girlfriend was passed out.

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News of Lepore’s October arrest became public yesterday when he appeared in court to answer the charges.

Now, both sides have addressed the allegation.


"Things aren’t always what they seem," Lepore wrote on his official Vine page. "I am not allowed to talk about what’s going on right now. In the meantime, don’t rush to judge. ❤️ ty

Smiles, meanwhile, took to Twitter with the following message:

I stopped living my life 6 months ago for a very long time and that is NOT going to happen again. This is all I will say. Love you all.

Back in October, Smiles also posted a few eerie Tweets, saying "people are so crazy in this world" and at one point even writing: "I don’t feel like living on this planet today. Goodbye."

Scary stuff. Sad stuff. We’ll keep readers apprised of this case as news breaks.

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