Woman Groped and Kissed by Katy Perry Says It’s No Big Deal — And Slams #MeToo In the Process

Russian journalist Tina Kandelaki says she was defending Katy Perry
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Russian journalist Tina Kandelaki says she was defending Katy Perry
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Russian journalist Tina Kandelaki

The latest person to accuse pop superstar Katy Perry of sexual assault has issued something of a retraction.

Earlier, we reported that Katy Perry was battling two different sexual assault accusations, which brings the total to three (or four, depending on how you count them).  Now, one of Perry’s recent ‘victims’ insists that her original comments, which appeared in a Russian language newspaper, were mistranslated into English and that she was actually defending Perry.

Tina Kandelaki, who is a Russian television host from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, previously accused Perry of unwarranted kissing and touching.  This was in response to accusations made by a model named Josh Kloss, who said that Perry exposed his genitals in front of people at a party after they had become acquainted while working together on one of Perry’s music videos.

But Kandelaki now says that the English-language news site that translated her comments made in a Russian newspaper had done so erroneously.

Kandelaki says the translation — and subsequent media firestorm — quickly recast her as a ‘victim’ who was ‘blaming Katy Perry’ for sexual assault.  Both are far from the truth, Kandelaki insisted.

Quite to the contrary, she insists that her original comments were made in support of the actions of Perry.  While she still says that Perry behaved in the manner described in the original report, she also says that the point she was trying to make in the original Russian article was that this behavior was no big deal and that Kloss was exaggerating Perry’s behavior for the purposes of hyping it.

Kandelaki also further attacked the #MeToo movement, which in recent years has exposed sexual harassment and abuse in both the entertainment industry and other industries in the United States.

But Kandelaki says that the movement is something that could only happen in the Western world.  “I told a comedic episode from my life and, on the whole, I’m absolutely fine about it,” Kandelaki stated.  “I’m certainly not suing anyone anyone and I wasn’t making an accusation.”

“So just remember that when you consider other episodes and their ‘victims’.  This isn’t difficult, because the facts are no longer interesting to anyone, and their interpretation is quickly turned into something else.”

A Russian-speaking fan of Perry’s has confirmed that the English-language news site did indeed mistranslate the original story and that Kandelaki had defended the singer.  The fan believes that what has caused all this confusion is that Kandelaki used sardonic language that the English language site mistook for being serious.

At the same time, though, the fan has accused Kandelaki of being insensitive in her response, which the fan says was tone deaf to sexual harassment in general.

You can find Kandelaki’s full response statement here (this time, in untranslated Russian).

12 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    I guess its only okay to sexual harass a person if you’re a female. Smh

    • Anonymous

      The person literally said katy never harassed them and that the media twisted and lied about her story..

      • Anonymous

        Okay first of all, she’e saying that Katy Perry did act inappropriately, she’s just saying that it is not a problem with her.

      • Larry

        Like they do with most stories especially about men right? Shut up.

  2. Anonymous

    She didn’t change her story that Perry tried to force herself on her, so that makes it still sexual harassment.

      • Larry

        Just like women decide who actually harasses them these days? Nice try you stupid bitch. Smh. You sound as stupid and weak as your gender.

  3. Anonymous

    Who cares? Katy can sexually harass me anytime. I won’t complain or tell anyone.

  4. Lil Trump

    Liberals taking another L. Selling “feelings” doesn’t work. Trump 2020

  5. Anonymous

    Remember Roman Polanski and his victim. She says that she was raped by him but says she has no problem with it now and yet people still criticize Polanski. So how is this different from Katy Perry and Tina?