The male model who played Katy Perry’s love interest in the “Teenage Dream” music video has accused the pop star of sexually assaulting him.
Josh Kloss alleged in an Instagram post Sunday that Perry yanked open his sweatpants, exposing him to a group of her friends years ago at costume designer Johnny Wujek’s birthday party.
“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,” he said. “I was was supposed to minimize myself and stay PC to protect her ‘image.'”
Kloss said he had been completely humiliated, but stayed silent like a “good boy” until now. He explained that he was speaking out on the 10-year anniversary of the release of “Teenage Dream,” which was a mega-hit along with the eponymous album.
Kloss bitterly wished “happy anniversary to one of the most confusing, assaulting, and belittling jobs I’ve ever done. He said Perry made it “very clear” during production of the video that he was “her prostitute.”
According to Kloss, he hoped his testimony would help correct what he said is an anti-male bias in “our culture.”
“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,” he said. “You hear over and over a million times that Males are the great evil on this planet. Meanwhile you know the truth POWER empowers what is corrupt in people regardless of gender.”
Addressing Perry fans who might not appreciate the severity of his accusations, Kloss suggested they “flip the card over and have me be a pop singer who grabs Katie by the fucking bra and exposes her breasts or her vagina to others and said look at that.”
View this post on Instagram
I was supposed to minimize myself and stay PC to protect her “image” I listened and was a good boy. The fear sticks with you, when you are censored to protect someone else’s image. But in return treated like a prostitute and exposed in front of a group of her friends and other random people. Then you are shocked and you block it out, because you watch the face of children being uplifted by positive music she sang. And your mind is stuck trying to do your job and protect her bs image or be honest and help the global dialogue about power and abuse. And you hear over and over a million times that Males are the great evil on this planet. Meanwhile you know the truth POWER empowers what is corrupt in people, regardless of their gender. Folks I am putting us both out on display to increase and enlighten everyone. I don’t want money for this, Many of you project your own ambitions. I don’t want fame from this, that is why I stomached it and kept working, and kept supporting the “teenage dream” image. And this anniversary, and time elapse made me realize hey now is the time to let it out and let it go. Not one more day of hearing “How was Katy Perry?”
Katy Perry has been accused of sexual assault before
Kloss also accused Perry’s jeweler, Markus Molinari, who is gay, of assaulting him on the set of “Teenage Dream.” During filming, Molinari ran up and kissed him on the lips without consent, he said, ruining what was otherwise a “great moment.”
Neither Perry nor Kloss immediately responded to requests for comment from the press.
The #MeToo movement has seen numerous powerful men accused of sexual misconduct. But Perry – singer of feminist anthems like “Roar” and “California Gurls” – has inverted the familiar gender paradigm before.
While hosting “American Idol” last year, Perry kissed 19-year-old contestant Benjamin Glaze on air.
Glaze later told The New York Times that he felt she had stolen his first kiss.
“I wanted to save it for my first relationship,” he said. “I wanted it to be special.”
Separately, in February, during a national reckoning over blackface, Perry had to apologize for selling black high-heeled shoes that featured faces.
“I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface,” Perry said, noting her team’s rapid response to the outrage. “Our intention was never to inflict any pain.”