The creators behind the viral “Drunk Girl in Public” video were riding the heels of the hot “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” video by Hollaback. The “social experiment” video has produced nearly seven million hits on YouTube at the time of this article, and notoriety for its maker, Stephen Zhang. However, the men who appeared to be trying to take advantage of the drunk girl claim they were setup and the entire video is fake.
The clip features 24-year-old actress Jennifer Box drinking from a paper bag and pretending to be tipsy enough to have trouble walking in high heels. The four-minute video portrays the men in the video as creeps and borderline rapists trying to get the seemingly drunk Box back to their homes or apartments.
The Smoking Gun blew up the premise of the “Drunk Girl” video though by revealing that the men were tricked into thinking they were shooting a “comedic, hidden camera” video. When one of the men complained to Zhang’s co-creator, Seth Leach, about how he was portrayed in the video, Leach sent the man a private Facebook message that they needed to go out for drinks.
“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,” the message reads.
One of the men in the “Drunk Girl” video is a Hollywood tour bus driver named Josh Blaine. In a message to friends on Facebook, he said that he did “a favor for some camera crew guess this is what I get for being agreeable to someones project.”
“[I]t was supposed to be a funny skit,” he continued. “[H]ere’s to watching my back with virtually no friends. F*** my life.”
Mike Koshak is the man in the video wearing an LA Epic shirt and hat, and his boss was upset over his portrayal in the video and how it could be tied to her company. LA Epic owner Christine Peters told The Smoking Gun Koshak “was taken advantage of” when asked to “say a couple of lines for a comedy sketch.”
Koshak himself called the video staged in a Facebook post, and said “all of the people in it were acting.” He added that the video “[D]oes not portray myself or any of the other people in it correctly. [I]t’s a false a** portrayal and I was lied to about what the video even was. Faulty a** s***.”
Amazingly, The Smoking Gun’s sources state that Zhang, Leach, and the production crew for the “Drunk Girl” video didn’t request any of the participants to sign a release or any other paper work. If true, they leave themselves open to liability if they falsely portrayed the circumstances of their “social experiment.”
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[Images via YouTube, The Smoking Gun]