Actor and Drag Star Shangela Accused of Multiple Sexual Assaults

March 19, 2024

All five sources who spoke to Rolling Stone identify as queer and have participated in or watched drag shows. (Rolling Stone spoke to Jay and Josh, who are using their first names only to protect Helmer’s anonymity.) “The apartment was small and we were all hanging together until we all left,” another witness tells Rolling Stone. “I didn’t have any options at that point,” Joel, who tells Rolling Stone he was unhoused at the time, said. “At no time after 2018 was [Joel] employed by Mr. Pierce, or any entity affiliated with him,” Brettler writes.