Why Hasn’t Topher DiMaggio Responded to his Multiple Sexual Assault Allegations?
The majority of men who have been accused of sexual assault in the era of the #metoo movement are ones who have either categorically denied those claims, resigned from whatever they were doing amid those claims, or actually confessed to some if not all of what was being alleged against them to be true.
Porn star and now former Andrew Christian trophy boy Topher DiMaggio, however, has done none of the three… minus one tweet sent out on January 25th shortly after his own allegations came to light. The problem with what he wrote was that it was very similar to what hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons said to the New York Times in response to his own sexual assault allegations. Oh and the one other time he denied it and put all the blame on his alleged victim.
Let’s back up a little bit here. DiMaggio was first accused of sexual assault by fellow porn star Tegan Zayne, when he shared his story in mid-January. The story itself discusses how DiMaggio allegedly raped Zayne the night before they filmed a scene. Topher spoke up about this one, saying to QueerMeNow. “He’s crazy and twists stories. He was so happy to film with me even the next day. It’s sad. I’m going to give it any attention.”
The stories didn’t stop there. Shortly thereafter, Hornet and Str8UpGayPorn published two separate stories regarding men who came forward with their own claims that DiMaggio raped them. Both used fake names to discuss the story, and both had similar incidents happen to them in terms of how he allegedly approached them. One happened in the bathroom at a friend’s house, the other at a bedroom at a random person’s house. Both stories discuss how he allegedly held them down and had sex with them unwillingly, and further more… without a condom.
Still, he didn’t speak up. Then, a fourth man emerged with his own story of what DiMaggio allegedly did to them. This was YouTube personality Bryan Hawn, who spoke about how he tried to sexually assault him at a popular bar in WeHo. Finally, earlier this week, a fifth man spoke up, using an alternative name, claiming that he sexually assaulted him at a bar in Seattle four years ago.
As of today, there has been nothing from DiMaggio on social media since he gave that quote to QueerMeNow and his partially plagiarized statement regarding what Zayne spoke about. On top of that, Andrew Christian has suspended him indefinitely from their brand, and has scrubbed his face off of their website as of Sunday morning (his body, however, still appears).
DiMaggio is still focused on the promoting and party side of his image, as his Twitter has been strewn with club appearances, masturbation, porn scenes and workout sessions. His Instagram rings similar, with promotional appearances and a recent trip to Hawaii with model Matthew O’Reilly.
So why the quietness? After we first posted the first two or three pieces regarding the claims against DiMaggio, a good portion of the comments on social media showed their support for him in a colorful assortment of ways. The most recent posting, however, saw those particular comments go quiet as the accusations against DiMaggio have grown.
Even his followers on Instagram have taken notice. In a particular social media post of him holding his dog, comments ranged from “I’m kinda super suprised u touched someone without consent I really looked up to y(you),” and “you are fucking rapist!” Yet, nothing.
In the world of the #metoo movement, silence is deafening, in particular when it’s the person who is being accused. As time goes by, that silence will continue to grow and grow and grow, so in this situation, why not just speak about it? If you’ve got nothing to hide, then come forward and talk.
Then again, your quietness is beyond noticeable at this point Topher, so do whatever you feel is best for you while your accusations continue to mount (no pun intended).
This article was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect all of Instinct Magazine's views overall.