Shangela, real name Darius Jeremy (DJ) Pierce, on SiriusXM.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Star Shangela has been accused of multiple sexual assaults.

Four people have alleged that Darius Jeremy (“DJ”) Pierce, who goes by the drag name Shangela, sexually assaulted them or attempted to have sex with them when they were too drunk to consent, an investigation has revealed through Rolling Stone has found.

A fifth person claimed that Pierce attempted anal penetration despite rejecting his advances.

Pierce has strongly denied all allegations, describing them as “false and not supported by any evidence or reliable testimony.”

The five people described incidents involving Pierce between 2012 and 2018 in Louisiana, Texas, California and the United Kingdom, when they were between 18 and 23 years old, in the report released Monday (March 18).

All five accusers said Pierce, now 42, was much older than them at the time of the alleged incidents and became increasingly popular after his first appearance in the second season Drag Race in 2010. Three of the five people said they were aspiring drag queens.

Several reports alleged that sexual assaults occurred when the accusers were heavily intoxicated and therefore unable to consent.

One of the accusers, Zachary, who was 23 at the time of the alleged incident, said Pierce, then 34, “admitted [him] with drinks until [he] “passed out” and claimed he woke up when Pierce tried to penetrate him.

One of Zachary’s friends who spoke to Rolling Stone said: “[Zachary] told us about the night and was excited at first. He was like, ‘I gotta hang out with Shangela'”

The friend then added that Pierce had plied Zachary with alcohol on a night when he had already been drinking heavily.

“[Zachary] weighed maybe 130 pounds at the time. It didn’t take much for him to get drunk. Anything that came after was probably too much,” the friend said.

Another accuser, RoyLee Soliz, 32, told a similar story that they met Pierce at a Pride meet-and-greet and that Pierce “provided drinks throughout the night.”

“I just remember trying to sleep and closing my mouth when she tried to put her penis in my mouth,” Soliz told the outlet.

“I really didn’t have the strength to tell her to stop or that I didn’t want to have sex with her… She had gotten me so drunk that I couldn’t say no, and I wasn’t doing well enough mentally at all to feel strongly or to demand that she stop what she is doing.”

Soliz added: “Shangela was someone I looked up to, loved and inspired me. But what happened to me wasn’t right, and I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”

RuPaul's Drag Race star Shangela
Shangela is the stage name of drag performer Darius Jeremy (DJ) Pierce. (Dia Dipasupil/WireImage via Getty)

Pierce has denied the allegations but admitted to meeting with four of the accusers at the time of the alleged assaults and claimed he could not remember the fifth person.

In a legal letter to Rolling Stone, Pierce, through his attorney Andrew Brettler, described the allegations as “false and not supported by any evidence or reliable testimony.”

Brettler added that Pierce “strongly denies ever having non-consensual sex.”

Pierce has previously denied sexual assault allegations against a former HBO employee Were here, Daniel McGarrigle filed a lawsuit against Pierce in May 2023 – and has been doing so ever since completed – claiming the drag star raped him at a crew wrap party for the show.

Pierce denied the allegations at the time, calling them “completely untrue” and claiming they perpetuated “harmful stereotypes” about the LGBTQ+ and drag communities.

Rape Crisis England and Wales is committed to eliminating sexual violence. If you are affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access additional information your website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape crisis in Scotland The hotline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINNor the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673.

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