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Curtis Lepore is a video blogger known for his active presence and large following on the video-sharing mobile app Vine. In January 2014, Lepore’s name made the headlines after TMZ reported that he was facing rape charges for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend and fellow Vine blogger Jessi Smiles.
In March of 2013, Lepore launched his Vine video channel, with the first uploaded video featuring his Boston terrier dog Buster Beans (shown below).
On July 8th, Lepore created his official Facebook page. On July 20th, a compilation of “smack cam” videos was uploaded to Lepore’s YouTube channel, in which he fails to slap several victims with a handful of shaving cream (shown below, left). On September 30th, Lepore submitted a compilation of notable videos from his Vine account (shown below, right).
During the summer of 2013, Lepore became friends with fellow Viner Jessi Smiles. The two met in person in New York City in August and subsequently began dating (shown below).
On January 16th, 2014, the celebrity news blog TMZ reported that Lepore was facing rape charges for allegedly sexually assaulting his former girlfriend Jessi Smiles. According to the article, the pair broke up in August of 2013 after Smiles flew out to visit Lepore in L.A. When Smiles suffered a concussion during a Vine video shoot the following month, Lepore came over to help her and allegedly sexually assualted her while she slept. On October 24th, Smiles posted two cryptic tweets indicating that she was distraught.
People are so crazy in this world. Please be safe.— Jessi Smiles (@jessismiles__) October 24, 2013
I don't feel like living on this planet today. Goodbye.
— Jessi Smiles (@jessismiles__) October 24, 2013
Lepore was subsequently arrested on rape charges and was released on $100,000 bail. After the TMZ article was published on January 16th, 2014, Lepore posted a video on Vine informing viewers that he will speak out about the incident when “the time is right”:
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