'Drag Race' Star Sherry Pie Apologizes for Catfishing Five Actors: 'All I Can Do Is Change the Behavior'

Sherry Pie
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Sherry Pie attends 'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 12' meet the queens at TRL Studios on Feb. 26, 2020 in New York City.

Just hours before her premiere on season 12 of RuPaul's Drag Race, drag star Sherry Pie is already in hot water, after five actors accused her of catfishing them.

In a report from Buzzfeed News, five New York actors accused their former SUNY Cortland classmate Joey Gugliemelli (Pie's birth name) of posing as a casting director over email, and asking each of them to send him embarrassing "audition tapes" of themselves doing a variety of degrading activities. One actor even said he'd agreed to masturbate on camera for Gugliemelli's online persona.

In response to the series of allegations, Gugliemelli went to his Sherry Pie Facebook page one minute before the Buzzfeed story was posted to publicly apologize for his behavior. "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," he wrote. "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."

Gugliemelli said that a main contributing factor to his actions was a lack of awareness surrounding his mental health. "Until being on RuPaul’s Drag Race, I never really understood how much my mental health and taking care of things meant," he wrote. "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." A spokesperson for Drag Race had not returned a request for comment at press time.

According to the five actors, Gugliemelli sent messages under the name "Allison Mossie," asking for compromising audition tapes for a fake play titled Bulk, where the actors were asked to perform monologues in various states of undress, portraying a man taking steroids to become bigger and more muscular. “I just felt really stupid. I felt really dumb,” one of the actors, David Newman, told Buzzfeed. “Everyone does bad stuff but he never apologized. He has a national audience watching him now and people have to know what he did. He did it to a lot of people.”

In closing his Facebook post, Gugliemelli apologized again to "everyone I have hurt with my actions," while also taking a moment to apologize to the Drag Race team. "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."

Read Gugliemelli's full apology below:


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