An 18-year-old woman filed an incident report with the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday alleging the YouTube celebrity Sam Pepper raped her last month.
She told BuzzFeed News that she decided to file the police to warn other women that might meet Pepper.
According to AsianTown, last week, Pepper, a 25-year-old former U.K. Big Brother contestant, set off an internet firestorm with a prank video that featured him groping and pinching women on the street.
Pepper said the video was a “social experiment” to raise awareness of male victims of sexual assault and that the women were in on the stunt.
Since Pepper posted that video, several women have come forward with stories of being inappropriately touched or harassed by Pepper.
Last week, Bryony Harris, 19, told BuzzFeed News that Pepper solicited nude photographs of her in 2011 when he was 22 and she was 15.
And most recently, a Toronto woman told BuzzFeed News that Pepper raped her in April 2013.
The woman who filed the report on Thursday told BuzzFeed News that she met Pepper at a party on the night of Sept. 5, 2014.
“I thought that he was someone definitely trustworthy,” she said.The woman said she left the party at about 1:30 a.m., with Pepper and two of his friends, and they drove to the Aroma Cafe on Sunset Boulevard.
She said that she was comfortable leaving the party with Pepper because it wasn’t a one-on-one situation.
“He seemed like a charming, friendly guy. I was like, Everything seems fine here,” she said.When the group left the Aroma Cafe around 3:30 a.m., the woman said Pepper told her he needed to drop his friends off at their house before driving the woman home.
Once she was alone in the car with Pepper, she said, he began to drive in the wrong direction.
“He said something along the lines of, ‘I need to get something from my house first,’” she said.
“He still seemed really friendly, he didn’t seem weird. It didn’t seem like I was going to put myself in danger by going there.”
The woman said she and Pepper soon arrived at his apartment building in West Hollywood.
When they entered Pepper’s unit, no one was home, but the woman said that Pepper’s pug puppy greeted them at the door.
The woman said she played with the dog, and Pepper walked into another room. She said she felt strange being alone in a part of the apartment without him and followed him.
When she realized that Pepper had led her into his bedroom, the woman said that he put her at ease by opening up his laptop and asking her to watch YouTube prank videos with him on his bed.
“He just made it another really friendly situation where it was not flirting or anything, he was just showing me something,” she said.
She said that while they were watching videos on his laptop, he made advances on her that she rejected at first. She said after that he raped her.