Former ‘Drag Race’ Star Accused Of Multiple Sexual Assaults: Report

Television personality Shangela Laquifa Wadley performs during the 2020 GayVN Awards show at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant and actor “Shangela” has reportedly been accused of multiple sexual assaults after recently settling a civil lawsuit accusing the star of rape. 

Rolling Stone detailed the accusations against 42-year-old Darius Jeremy Pierce from five individuals, including allegations that the drag performer attempted to get them inebriated beyond the ability to give consent.

The sexual assaults allegedly occurred between 2012 and 2018 in California, Texas, Louisiana, and the United Kingdom.

One person reportedly filed a police report for an alleged assault he said happened in Los Angeles in 2017 when he was 20 years old. According to the police report, he recalled “waking up completely naked on a bed and believed to be at Pierce’s residence” after the two met for dinner and Pierce bought him a drink.  He said when he woke up, Pierce told him that they had had sex.

Another man reportedly said he met Pierce in 2018 in Texas when he was 21. He accused Pierce of shoving him on the floor in a bathroom closet and trying to penetrate him.  

The other three accusations were similar, including claims that Pierce supplied drinks to men who passed out and awoke in a dazed state after they were allegedly sexually assaulted. In some of the cases, the men claim that there was another person in the room with them.


In a letter from Pierce’s attorney to Rolling Stone magazine, Pierce denied the sexual assault accusations, calling them “false and unsupported by any evidence or reliable witness testimony.” 

All five of the people said they came forward after a civil lawsuit, filed by Daniel McGarrigle, a production assistant on HBO’s “We’re Here,” was dismissed. McGarrigle accused Pierce, who hosted the show, of drugging and raping him after a 2020 wrap party. The case was recently settled. The terms were not revealed.

In 2022, Pierce was invited to the White House by President Joe Biden for the signing of the Respect for Marriage Act, The Post Millennial reported. That same year, the drag queen was invited by Vice President Kamala Harris to her residence for a Pride event.

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