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Barstool founder Dave Portnoy said “there is no way I’m letting this go” in response to a hit-piece by Business Insider.
The outlet published an article on Portnoy accusing him of violent sexual misconduct. The accusations made in the Business Insider article are tantamount to rape, Portnoy claims.
Portnoy has taken significant efforts to debunk the story and prove his side by sharing direct messages and social media posts from the two major accusers.
Business Insider titled its story, “‘I was literally screaming in pain’: Young women say they met Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy for sex and it turned violent and humiliating.”
“This is where I think they made a mistake,” Portnoy said. “I don’t mind conflict, and I’ve been an open book for two decades.”
“I have nothing to hide. Everything that’s embarrassing about me is out there,” Portnoy told Candace Owens of Daily Wire.
“I know they can dig. They can do whatever. There’s nothing.”
“This is a baseball game. We’re in the top of the second.”
“Like, there’s no chance I’m letting this go. They tried to basically discredit me with one of the most heinous crimes you can commit,” Portnoy said”
“And if they think I’m just gonna walk away, like, ‘Okay, I cannot prove myself,’ they’re terribly mistaken. There is no chance I’m going to let this just kind of disappear in the coming months.”
“You cannot accuse somebody of a crime without [basis],” he continued. “As I’ve said, the way they describe what happened in the story, that’s rape. They’re like, basically, the woman was running away screaming ‘no, no, no,’ and I continued. That did not happen at all.”
“I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure that they – you know, if you want call it revenge, whatever – that they pay as much as I have the ability to make them pay for what they did, which to me is knowingly falsely accusing me of rape,” Portnoy said.
“They went through my entire social life in eight and a half months and I was able to … discredit the two girls that they found in three days. Eight and a half months.”
“So none of it adds up, and they didn’t include any of the stuff that basically casts serious doubt on why she’s telling me these stories,” he said.
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