Dave Portnoy exposes Business Insider hit piece, tells his side of the story

"Julia was covering her tracks because you want to write a hit piece, and they knew what they were writing from the beginning," said Portnoy.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

On Thursday, Barstool founder Dave Portnoy released an over hour long video exposing the truth behind the Business Insider "hit piece" that accuses him of engaging in "violent" sex with women, who said the consensual encounters were "frightening and humiliating."

"Julie Black, Business Insider, even though they say they never accuse me of raping girl, they describe rape like in the article big ass headlines…they accused me of rape period. They say they didn't, there's no actual allegations," Portnoy began.

But if you read it, it's like girls running away, 'Dave won't stop,' That's rape. I've said this from the top: If I don't care how many times a girl says yes, yes, yes before, if at any point she's like, No, stop, and you don't stop? That's rape. Okay. That's right. That's what they said I did. I never did that," he continued.

Portnoy starts his expositions by referring to a day eight and a half months ago. He said that he received an email from Julie Black back in April, stating that she would like to interview Portnoy for a profile, with Black noting that there's "no particular angle here."

The email continues to state that she would "love to cover the full gamut" of Portnoy's business he built.

Portnoy stated that he declined the interview. "Of course, as I've come to learn, this was covering her tracks."

"Julia was covering her tracks because you want to write a hit piece, and they knew what they were writing from the beginning, but if I could prove that you were always out to make me look like a sexual monster deviant, then I can sue you. This, they're like 'no, no, we had good intentions.' Yeah, right," stated Portnoy.

Portnoy stated that the first red flag from Black following the publishing of the article was the sheer amount of tweets that had been deleted from her Twitter profile. Her account went from 4151 tweets to 132.

"She went from 4151 to 132 tweets, she deleted her entire Twitter profile. Why? Because she doesn't want us to show there's some sort of preconceived notion," said Portnoy.

The video displays a tweet from back in May of 2017, where Black was trash talking a writer from Barstool. "Don't forget to tag your writer @ChrisSpags! Looks like he never made it past 3rd grade, but I’m sure Twitter will happily educate him!"

Portnoy then shows a set of Instagram messages in which he and a girl he claims to have never spoken to exchange messages about Black interviewing the girl about Portnoy. "The fact she's trying to get you to trash me and we don't know each other at all kinda says all you need to know," Portnoy messaged.

"Julie Black and Business Insider, want to make it sound like, 'oh, we want to write a nice piece and we stumbled across these people and the tenor of the article changed.' That's bullshit so they don't get sued," said Portnoy. "And all this, the fact she deleted her Twitter profile, the fact she had anti Trump stuff…just proves there was a bias going in."

Portnoy then goes on to state that Business Insider gave a 24 hour notice before posting the article, then "immediately" sent an email to Barstool's advertisers regarding a story they want to write about which advertisers stay with the company following the allegations that they published.

Portnoy goes on to highlight two of the three girls that the article discusses. He said that Business Insider said "there's no context no proof, no nothing" regarding her account.

"This is a trick that Business Insider has done with his article. They will not accuse me of anything. There's because if they accuse me in a criminal sense, there's gonna be an investigation and they're gonna be like, You guys are full of shit. So it's this isn't like journalism. This is an editorial about Dave we don't like Dave. They never accuse me anything. They write crimes like the way they describe it is a crime but they won't call it a crime," said Portnoy.

Portnoy goes on to tell his side of Allison's story, where he displays messages shared between he two of them. Allison, who's mother claims she was preyed upon, asked Portnoy "Can we bang?"

"I'm a guy if people are going to indict me for being a guy indict me," said Portnoy.

Despite the article saying Allison was traumatized and barely spoke, messages shared between the two of them reveal a more lighthearted and suggestive conversation between the two, with Allison playing along.

"I was sexting. All right. Give me a break these things by the way that I get accused of in these stories in these videos. I'm the fucking victim. I'm not trying to be like sad. These are never meant to see the light of day. You think I want my mom my girlfriend like reading this shit? No, but I have no choice of it's the only way to vindicate myself," said Portnoy.

Following that story, Nantucket Police spokesman Lt. Angus MAcVicar told NBC News on Friday that the department had not received a phone call from Allison's mother like the article stated, that he had not spoke with Black, and that the department is not currently investigating Portnoy.

With Madison's story, Portnoy stated that "this this story of me chasing around and she'd been like stop I'm crying in pain did not happen. I'm not even going into the part of the article in Business Insider where they say the girl had a rape fantasy. It wasn't anything like that. It was nothing."

Portnoy said that "I want to I want their asses," referring to Black and those that worked on this article, noting that it would be hard to go after the outlet because it's not set up for him or the "scumbags" at Business Insider.


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