Three ladies stated to Insider Thursday a series of presumably violent sexual experiences with Barstool Sports creator Dave Portnoy– a questionable figure who has actually constructed a media brand name anchored in bold and often-crude commentary– however Portnoy rejected the claims throughout a prolonged video on Twitter, while Barstool stated it’s “not in business of handling our workers’ individual lives.”
The 3 females– all of whom stayed confidential– apparently stated they had sexual encounters with Portnoy, 44, and explained them to Insider
One lady who was 20 years of ages at the time informed Insider she checked out Portnoy at his Nantucket home after talking online in 2015, and Portnoy’s conduct made her seem like a “human sex doll”: She informed the outlet she keeps in mind screaming “excessive,” and she supposedly informed a good friend through text Portnoy videoed her, choked her and made her seem like she “was being raped.”
Another female who fulfilled Portnoy in Nantucket when she was 19 likewise informed Insider that Portnoy choked her throughout a “actually aggressive” experience, which she didn’t identify as sexual attack however referred to as being “victimized.”
The 19- year-old female likewise had anxiety, and she was hospitalized and self-destructive 3 days after her encounter with Portnoy, Insider reported.
In a video published to Twitter after the Insider short article was released, Portnoy called it a “hit piece” driven by “cancel culture,” and stated he’s never ever had nonconsensual sex.
Portnoy stated the very first lady’s account was false, insisting she never ever asked him to stop or suggested she was uneasy and “at no point was it not 100%consensual,” and he stated he feels “horrible” about the 2nd female’s battle with anxiety, however declared she continued asking to meet him after their sexual encounter.
Barstool informed Forbes in a declaration the business will “take this matter seriously” and is monitoring it, however stated it’s “not in business of handling our workers’ individual lives” and kept in mind the Insider story “does not include any work environment habits” (a business lawyer likewise informed Insider the claims were “extremely deceptive” and consisted of “half-truths”).
” I simply felt extremely preyed on,” the 19- year-old lady informed Insider.
” I understand I’ve never ever done anything unusual with a lady, ever. Never ever anything from another location nonconsensual,” Portnoy stated in his Twitter video Thursday.
Portnoy established Barstool Sports as a Boston-area print publication almost 20 years earlier. He ultimately grew it into a bigger media brand name, courting a male audience by blogging about sports in profane terms, publishing pictures of scantily clothed ladies and hosting raucous occasions Barstool has actually dealt with regular accusations of sexism. Portnoy when stated “we do not excuse rape of any kind [at company parties], nevertheless if a chick loses consciousness that’s a gray location” (he later on informed the Boston Globe he didn’t plan to mock rape victims). ESPN severed a 2017 collaboration with the business after ESPN host Sam Ponder indicated a Barstool blog site that sexualized her, and some observers state Portnoy’s routine of snapping versus critics– frequently females– triggers his fans to pester them nonstop.
Despite the debate, Portnoy’s Barstool has actually brought in interest from financiers. Media financial investment company The Chernin Group got a bulk stake in the business in 2016, and Penn National Gaming bought 36%of Barstool in 2015, an offer that valued the media business at around $450 million.