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Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Alice Ripley has denied grooming young fans with mental health issues - but says she's sorry for befriending the women then ghosting them. Four women have accused Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Alice Ripley of 'manipulating' them and running a cult-like base of young fans.
The women also made accusations of unsolicited advances. Ripley vehemently denies 'vile' accusations of grooming, saying the term has made her feel like a sex attacker, and that she inflicted no such abuse on her fans. Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Alice Ripley has apologized to her young fans for 'misinterpretations' of the interactions they had with her. Ripley, whose performance in the Broadway play Next to Normal earned her a Tony Award, is accused of developing odd relationships with fans as young as She explains how that the performances 'were truly safe spaces for people who had been touched by mental illness.
Teen girls would flock to the show time and again many of whom 'imprinted their own mothers onto my character, [or] saw themselves in the daughter. Twitter users ashtraysandart left and Brie Lynn right are among the young women who say Ripley behaved inappropriately, and amassed a group of cult-like groupies. Ripley said that her interactions with fans would consist of 'a quick hello at the stage door' or '[seeing] people in my dressing room for a couple minutes before or after the show.
She said that 'on rare occasions' she would 'have a quick meal' with one. The four Ripley's accusers claim she took advantage of them with some of girls saying they had looked towards her as a mother figure. Others claim they fell in love with the actress. She says that the the term 'grooming', which 'refers to sexual abuse of a minor, which is the most despicable act imaginable. It implies that I wanted something or asked for something, and that is not true.
She finds people who are desperate for love, and she figures out how to fill that hole and then manipulates them with it. So that's kind of what she was for me. Another alleged victim, Meredith, told the outlet: 'I've spent the last 10 years thinking I'm the only one who's been in therapy because of Alice Ripley. Then in the last 48 hours, I realize there are also other individuals who are my demographic who have also felt literally traumatized by this relationship.
Brie Lynn spoke out about her relationship with Ripley on Tik Tok, but since expanded the ther conversation to platforms such as Twitter.
Brie Lynn says families need to have more meaningful discussions about inappropriate behavior from women. Brie Lynn, now 25, accused Ripley of carrying on sexual conversations with her as a minor, while another accuser called Leo, who was 16 at the time, said their relationship was 'intimate. Lynn was first to speak out publicly against Ripley on TikTok before three others added their own stories claiming they were manipulated as teenage girls with Ripley's fan base primarily made up from queer girls.
Accusers Ripley teenage girls leveling claims against the stage star earlier this week, when TikTok user lovelyobrie claimed she was groomed by the actress as. Lynn posted a series of videos describing how she 'idolized' the year-old Broadway thespian and friended her on Facebook but didn't meet her until she turned The actress has denied initial claims posted on Tik Tok, as more accusers come forward with their own tales. Brie claimed that Ripley 'always requested that I come backstage by myself' and 'on the occasions that my mother was with me' the acting instructor would act 'incredibly stand-offish.
The teen flew to cities like San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City to meet with the thespian, often accompanied by a traveling 'adult fan' trusted by her family. When the adult fan turned violent against then year-old Brie, she locked herself in a bathroom and her parents flew to Chicago to fetch her.
And she just didn't care She even gaslit me and shamed me for getting into fan drama. Brie Lynn, now 25, says her first correspondence with Ripley was when she was just 12, although she didn't meet the star she 'idolized' until the following year.Rhea Ripley vs. Shayna Baszler: Raw, Aug. 30, 2021
Brie Lynn shared numerous photos of the two together in a now viral Tik Tok video. Her Instagram has since gone private as social media users launch attacks against the star. This needs to be talked about. Brie Lynn said she met Ripley in Octoberafter attending a Next to Normal show in New York city, and handing her a bouquet of flowers at current call.WWE RAW RHEA RIPLEY DEBUT 03/22/21
She began attending additional shows and would occasionally the actress for group lunches with fellow fans. She validated those claims with pictures of the two smiling together in a variety of backdrops. The two would often exchange messages on social media, she said, where they engaged in conversations now deemed by Brie Lynn as inappropriate. I'm 25, I can't imagine getting a message like that from a kid and doing anything other than immediately leaving the conversation. Other alleged victims came forward after Brie Lynn shared her claims on Tik Tok.
Leo told The Daily Beast that she connected with Ripley on social media in latewhen they began exchanging 'very intimate' correspondence. Ripley became a confidante for Leo, who viewed the actress as a motherly figure.
But their relationship soured when Leo became involved in a romantic relationship with another person. Ripley has gone private with her Instagram since the allegations began surfacing. I have BPD [borderline personality disorder] so I get attached to people really easily and become dependent on them for happiness.
When that happened, it was devastating. I just felt awful about it. Brie Lynn's now-viral social media video hit fellow accuser Liz like a brick, The Daily Beast reported. As soon as I watched the video my body knew. I started sweating, my heart started racing. I was having a trauma response. Liz said she met Ripley during springtime ; she was an year-old aspiring actress at the time, and already a fan of the Broadway star.
As months passed, Liz said she became infatuated with Ripley, and soon realized she wasn't the only starstruck fan. Other young fans were also eager to watch her performances, and would hurry to buy cheap tickets for her shows, Liz told the Daily Beast. Another accuser, Meredith, said she too met Ripley after attending a Next to Normal performance on Broadway in She was 16 at the time. Captivated by the thespian's charms, and spending time with Ripley and other fans, Meredith told The Daily Beast. When Meredith moved to New York City at age 17 to attend university, she said she reconnected with Ripley, who said began feeling like a mother figure.
Around Thanksgiving inwhile Meredith was back at her Los Angeles hometown, she met up with Ripley who was in the area touring with Next to Normal. They shared a meal, and scheduled backstage visits. The following February, Meredith accepted an invitation to meet up with Meredith in San Francisco, where the play was then stationed. At one point, Meredith told The Daily Beast, she and Ripley were along in her dressing room, where the young fan was sitting on the floor reading a fan letter addressed to Ripley.
Ripley was sitting at her vanity, and when Meredith finished reading the letter, she said the actress 'spun around in her chair and she bent down on the floor and kissed me on my mouth without any announcement that that was going to happen. Brie Lynn says the first conversation she had with Ripley involved the older woman wearing lingerie.
Others say Ripley's magnetic presence caused fans to fight for her attention. Yet another young woman took to Twitter to document her alleged experiences with Ripley.
She said she met the actress during a time when she was recently diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. To top it off, she said she was grieving the loss of two loved ones, and coming to terms with her sexuality. We ate up every bit of it… That being said, she definitely did not discourage us turning on each other and continuing to adore her. Alice is next set to star as Christian widow Trisha Lee - whose year-old daughter announces she is 'genderqueer' - in Amy E. Jones' feature directorial debut The Pink Unicorn.
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