New accusations of sexual assault against drag queen Shangela emerge

New accusations of sexual assault against drag queen Shangela emerge

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Shangela has been accused of sexually assaulting five people in a new report published by Rolling Stone Monday. 

Five people have come forward to accuse the famous drag queen of either sexually assaulting them or trying to have sex with them after becoming too intoxicated to consent.

All five people were between the ages of 18 and 23 when the alleged assaults occurred. Rolling Stone also reports that these incidents reportedly occurred between 2012 and 2018, in Louisiana, Texas, California, and the U.K.

According to one accuser, Shangela tried to anally penetrate him after he had been plied with booze and vomited all over the performer’s hotel bed. 

Two other accusers said they had blacked out and when they woke up Shangela told them they had engaged in group sex with Shangela and another man.

Shangela’s attorney, Andrew Bettler, denied the new claims. However, this isn’t the first time the drag queen has been accused. Shangela, whose real name is Darius Jeremy Pierce, was previously accused of similar actions nearly a year after being sued for rape. 



In May 2023, Daniel McGarrigle, a production assistant on We’re Here, filed a suit against Pierce. In the suit, McGarrigle accused Pierce of raping him after a crew party. The details of this alleged instance were similar to the pattern outlined in Rolling Stone’s reporting; in an interview with the Los Angeles Times,

According to Deadline, both parties attended mediation on January 16 and filed joint court papers to dismiss the case in February.

The accusers told Rolling Stone they had been reluctant to speak out because of nationwide GOP-led backlash against drag shows, but they were empowered to do so after McGarrigle spoke up about his experience. 

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