Gabrielle Bonghi, Philly.com
Vine, the social application that allows users to upload six-second videos to a stream, has a birthed a new genre of Internet stars since its launch just a year ago. Curtis Lepore and Jessi Smiles are two of the most recognized among the community.
Not knowing each other previously, the pair exchanged in some prolonged six-second flirting until one day they finally decided to meet.
Back in August, the two coordinated a meet up in New York City, which they extended the invite to the rest of their Vine followers. A massive crowd gathered as the two kissed and decided right then and there that they would become a couple.
What seemed like (six) seconds later, the couple split. Needless to say, the Vine community was a crying mess about it. Their only celebrity couple was no longer. Months later, there may be an explanation for their hasty separation.
TMZ is reporting that Lepore is being charged with raping Smiles, his then girlfriend, while she was sleeping. Curtis was first arrested back in October, but then release on $100,000 bail. On Tuesday, he appeared in court to fight the charges. Curtis’ lawyer said, “Things are not always as they appear and there are two sides to every story.”
The day following the alleged rape, Smiles tweeted: “Be careful of who you trust. Always be cautious for your safety. Be strong and don’t let your guard down…”
I think we all know the moral of this story.