That ‘Drunk Girl in Public’ video? It appears to be a hoax

Remember that shocking ‘Drunk Girl in Public’ video in which random guys on the street tried to take a clearly inebriated woman (played by an actress) back to their place?

That ‘Drunk Girl in Public’ video? It appears to be a hoax

Well, it appears the video - which has been viewed almost 9 million times - was a hoax.

According to the Smoking Gun, the men approached had been told beforehand that they were participating in a student hidden-camera show -and they are not happy about the way their actions have been presented.

"A couple people asked me if I'd be part of their video, if I wouldn't mind 'acting out a little skit,'" Josh Blaine - the guy wearing sunglasses in the video - told The Huffington Post.

"They told me I needed to pretend to pick up this drunk girl and try to take her home, and that it would be really funny."

“I didn't expect them to try to make me look like some sexual predator."

Another of the men, Mike Konshak - the guy in the blue vest - assured friends in a Facebook post that the video “was all staged and all of the people in it were acting,” saying that it “does not portray myself or any of the other people in it correctly.” and that “it's a false ass portrayal and I was lied to about what the video even was” .

The video was created by Stephen Zhang who has yet to respond to the claims but a member of his production team, Seth Leach allegedly sent the following message to Koshak after the video was filmed.

“The important thing to consider is that this video is going to get you well known and have a future with us and our company... We are going to be huge and you are apart of it. Just go with it dude, you are in our team now and we will take care of you.”

So that doesn’t look good.

If this video is indeed a fake, it will likely be a blow for the credibility of campaigners who actually do try to highlight street harraassment and sexual assault.

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