By: Julia Ordaz
Popular TikTok star, Jack Wright, has come forth with allegations against fellow TikTok star, Sienna Mae Gomez. Wright claims that Gomez groped and verbally abused him throughout their “fake” relationship.
The two seemed to be together in the videos posted to their public accounts but their relationship was never confirmed, and in his recent 17 minute long video titled “What Sienna Mae Did To Me,” he said the affection was entirely one sided and that he clearly and repeatedly told Gomez that he only wanted to be friends.
In a now deleted tweet from May 30, 2021, Wright’s friend Mason began with the statement “I struggle with seeing a girl getting praised after telling my best friend to kill himself and sexually assaulting him numerous times…” Fans were quick to look at Gomez who was 17 at the time. Not long after the tweet, a video was posted to TikTok where Wright could be seen sleeping on a couch with Gomez sitting on his lap, kissing him, and groping his crotch area. Gomez’s representatives released a statement declaring a lawsuit for defamation of character against Mason and the video uploader unless both the tweet and video were taken down.
Gomez shortly released two videos denying the allegations where she called out Jack’s silence and used that as “evidence” of her innocence. (Many victims stay silent due to the shame and humiliation they feel.) Gomez then took a couple months off of social media. Gomez made her return on YouTube with an “interpretive” dance. In the video, Gomez discusses her passion for creating and hopes to inspire others, though it’s unclear what she’s inspiring others to do.
On January 20, 2022, Wright posted a video where he detailed the abuse. “She would break into my house and when I was sound asleep she’d come to my room and I’d wake up to her hand in my pants.” (9:25) A few seconds later he continues with, “I was so used to it too that it- I don’t know it was just like normal for me.” (9:37) Later in the video Wright asserts that he felt trapped in a cycle that he didn’t think would end anytime soon.
In response to Wright’s video, Gomez’s representatives released the statement: “There has been no police investigation — not even a police report to our knowledge — no charges, no private lawsuit and no contact between Sienna and Jack or their respective legal teams in many months. It was always Sienna’s desire and intention to handle this privately vs in the court of public opinion, as she would never want to sensationalize or degrade the seriousness of the sexual assault. Sadly, Jack’s blatant disregard for the truth has left us with no choice but to address these claims publicly. Jack and his collaborators have attempted to utilize blatant slut shaming culture to justify their fictitious claims and have effectively victimized a successful woman of color in a way that, regrettably, we have seen many times before, all in an effort to use her suffering as a catalyst for their own personal gain. Those who have collaborated, in this act of slander, did so with the motivation to further associate themselves with Sienna after their professional relationship, and therefore their claim to any portion of her substantial success were terminated.”
The representative interviewed also said that they would like to apologize to other sexual assault victims for Wright’s “exploitation” of the topic.
Men are less likely to report sexual violence, so hopefully, Wright’s story will be able to provide men more representation.