“In light of recent developments and Sherry Pie’s statement, Sherry Pie has been disqualified from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Out of respect for the hard work of the other queens, VH1 will air the season as planned.
Sherry will not appear in the grand finale scheduled to be filmed later this spring.” – Spokesperson for VH1 and World of Wonder
( @RuPaulsDragRace )
…Out of respect for the hard work of the other queens, VH1 will air the season as planned.
Sherry will not appea… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Sherry Pie later issued an apology on Facebook:
“This is Joey, I want to start by saying how sorry I am that I caused such trauma and pain and how horribly embarrassed and disgusted I am with myself. I know that the pain and hurt that I have caused will never go away and I know that what I did was wrong and truly cruel. Until being on RuPaul’s Drag Race, I never really understood how much my mental health and taking care of things meant. I learned on that show how important “loving yourself” is and I don’t think I have ever loved myself. I have been seeking help and receiving treatment since coming back to NYC. I truly apologize to everyone I have hurt with my actions. I also want to say how sorry I am to my sisters of season 12 and honestly the whole network and production company. All I can do is change the behavior and that starts with me and doing that work.” — Sherry Pie
Right after we published my story. Sherry Pie released a statement on Facebook: buzzfeednews.com.
One of the men said he even allowed himself to be filmed masturbating by Joey Gugliemelli, aka Sherry Pie, as part of the fake audition process.
The accusations against Gugliemelli surfaced online and in gay media on Thursday following a viral Facebook status from 25-year-old actor Ben Shimkus. Speaking to BuzzFeed News by phone from his job as an actor on board a cruise ship currently docked in Barbados, Shimkus recalled how he came to communicate for several weeks via email in 2015 with a woman he believed to be called Allison Mossie, using the address email@example.com, who was said to be casting for a new play at the prestigious Playwrights Horizons in New York City. Shimkus said he was referred to Mossie by another Cortland student who had been referred to her for a role in the supposed musical of A Nightmare Before Christmas by Gugliemelli. Neither ever met or spoke with her in person.
In dozens of emails provided to BuzzFeed News by Shimkus, he and Mossie discuss in great detail a character in a supposed upcoming play called Bulk, which was said to center around a man named Jeff taking steroids to put on muscle. Shimkus was told the role would involve wearing a series of bodysuits as the character grew larger and larger. He was repeatedly assured producers were interested in him and that he would be paid $900 per week and put up in housing in New York City if he landed the part.