A male model who worked with Katy Perry has accused her of sexual misconduct, saying that she pulled down his pants and exposed him to her friends. The model, Josh Kloss, worked with Perry on the music video for "Teenage Dream," and is now sharing his story with the world.
Kloss first opened up about his experiences on Instagram. He posted a screenshot from the "Teenage Dream" video of Perry with her arms around him in the middle of a dissolve transition. In subsequent posts he shared a shot of himself straddling Perry, and after that a screenshot of an email telling him how to answer interview questions about Perry.
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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. This one time I brought a friend who was dying to meet her. It was Johny 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.
In his first post, Kloss recalled the early day of his working relationship with Perry. He wrote that she "was cool and kind," but "when other people were around she was cold as ice... even called the act of kissing me 'gross' to the entire set while filming." Kloss recalled some of the circumstances he was in at the time, including a tumultuous romantic relationship, a young daughter at home and a delicate, burgeoning career.
"After the first day of shooting, Katy invited me to a strip club in Santa Barbara," he went on. "I declined and told her 'I have to go back to hotel and rest, because this job is all I have right now.'”
Things escalated from there, as Kloss described. He noted that Perry had just recently broken up with Russell Brand, and he saw her a few more times outside of work. On the occasion of the sexual assault, he brought a friend to a birthday party, hoping to introduce her to Perry since she was a fan.
"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," Kloss wrote.
"Can you imagine how pathetic and embarrassed I felt?"
Kloss went on to explain why he was sharing this story now, on the anniversary of the release of the "Teenage Dream" video. He wrote that "our culture is set on proving men of power are perverse," "but females with power are just as disgusting."0comments
Kloss added that he had made about $650 for his work on the music video, and in the process he had been "lorded over by her reps about not discussing a single thing about anything regarding Katy publicly," as he enumerated in a later post.
So far, Perry and her representatives have not responded to Kloss' story.