Dave Portnoy, the founder of media company Barstool Sports, has reportedly been suspended from Twitter for 12 hours after he posted a screengrab of an email exchange he had with the editor of Business Insider.
Over the past eight months, the business magazine has published a lengthy expose accusing the Barstool Sports president of having rough sex with women as young as 19 filming them without consent, choking them and spitting on them.
Portnoy, 44, has vehemently denied these claims, and a representative from his show invited Business Insider editor-in-chief Nicholas Carlson onto his video podcast to discuss the story by reporter Julia Black in the screengrab posted to Twitter.
In the screengrab posted to Twitter, Carlson declined the invitation saying he ‘wanted the report to speak for itself.’
The screengrab, though, contained Carlson’s email address, and Twitter suspended him for 12 hours for ‘violating its rules against posting private information.’
Dave Portnoy, the president of Barstool Sports, posted on his Instagram story on Tuesday that he was suspended from Twitter for 12 hours after he posted a screengrab of an email exchange he had with Business Insider Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Carlson
In the email exchange, a representative for Portnoy’s podcast invited Carlson, right, on to discuss the allegations against Portnoy, left, which Business Insider has published over the past eight months
‘I got suspended from posting on Twitter for 12 hours for posting this,’ Portnoy wrote on his Instagram story Tuesday, which featured the screenshot in question.
‘Keep in mind Nicholas Carlson posted my actual home address.’
Carlson acknowledged that he posted an image containing Portnoy’s home address on Friday, writing: ‘Twitter users notified us that our redaction of Portnoy’s address was incomplete in a prior screen shot.
‘We deleted the image and tweet and sent another with better redaction to preserve his privacy.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to Portnoy and Twitter representatives for comment.
Portnoy included a screengrab of the Twitter notification saying he was suspended for posting private information
On Friday, Carlson admitted he accidentally tweeted a photo showing Portnoy’s home address
But this isn’t the first time the Barstool Sports founder has been suspended from the social media network.
In June, some of his 2.5 million followers on the platform noticed his account had been suspended, with a message saying: ‘Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter rules.’
Portnoy had tweeted 11 times that day, serving up the usual mix of ‘bro’ jokes, sports references and pizza reviews.
In one he appeared to have an argument with a critic of shares in Penn National Gaming, which he holds: ‘So sell it. Mark your calendar. Dm me 1 year from today. Let me drop my nuts on your head.’
He then tweeted a review of a pizza restaurant in Nashville, and joked about horse racing at Royal Ascot.
But the account was then suspended, and the official account for Barstool Sports, a digital media company founded in 2003, tweeted directly to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, attaching a photo of Dorsey and Portnoy.
‘Only one man can save us now @jack #FREEPORTNOY,’ they wrote.
Around 9:10 p.m., the account was restored.
It remains unclear why Portnoy had been banned that day.
According to the site: ‘Twitter’s rules ban violence, harassment, sharing of private information and spam.’
Asked why, a Twitter spokesman said: ‘We’ve no comment at this time however the account you reference has been reinstated.’
Portnoy’s Twitter account was previously temporarily suspended in June
His latest suspension, though, comes in the wake of a lengthy, months-long expose in which three women accused Portnoy of having rough sex with them.
They have said the sexual encounters were consensual, but soon turned violent, and one woman claimed she was suicidal after having sex with him.
One of the woman identified under the pseudonym Madison, who was 20 at the time of the alleged encounter, told Business Insider she connected with Portnoy after messaging him on Instagram and later told him she fantasized about being raped.
‘You and I are going to get along so well,’ he reportedly responded.
He allegedly bought her a first-class plane ticket to visit him in Nantucket, where she said they shared pizza and she performed oral sex on him.
She told the outlet that he began videotaping the intimate moment without permission.
‘I never said anything,’ she said. ‘I was scared.
‘He was just so mean.’
The pair also had sex, and Business Insider shared an alleged text exchange between Madison and a friend after the hook up.
It said: ‘It was so rough I felt like I was being raped he video taped me and spit in my mouth and choked me so hard I couldn’t breathe.
‘And it hurt and I was literally screaming in pain.’
Madison added: ‘It was so painful. I kept trying to get away and he was like, ‘Stop running away from me. Stop running away from me.’
She said he ‘went harder’ after she protested.
One of the women who accused Portnoy of violent sex wrote in a text that she ‘felt like I was being raped’ as he allegedly video taped the encounter
Another woman told Business insider that she too was choked and videotaped during sex without consent.
She said she didn’t want to elaborate for fear of retaliation.
‘I know how he is when someone goes after him,’ she told the outlet.
And a third woman identified under the moniker Allison told Business Insider she was hospitalized with suicidal thoughts after having a fling with Portnoy inside his Nantucket house when she was 19.
‘He leaned in and started kissing me and I didn’t know what to do at that point,’ she told the publication. ‘And we went upstairs and he was really aggressive and I didn’t know what to do and we had sex and that was it and he kicked me out.’
The woman claimed Portnoy chocked her during sex and repeatedly spat in her mouth.
‘I was kind of scared,’ she said. ‘I didn’t want to disappoint him.’
She said two photos – a selfie of her and Portnoy and a snap of her leaving the house – soon circulated around the island community, exposing their fling.
‘I guess it was kind of my breaking point,’ Allison told a reporter.
She was hospitalized three nights later suffering from mental health issues, but says she does not consider her encounter with Portnoy a sexual assault.
Instagram influencer Ava Louiise also told Business Insider that she received a message from Portnoy reading: ‘I never reach out. I noted you 2 weeks ago and was interested’
He reportedly added: ‘I thought about you a bunch last night. Not all wholesome all the time’
Instagram influencer Ava Louiise also discussed her interactions with Portnoy during a Business Insider interview, saying she began chatting with him when she was 19 and he was 40.
‘I never reach out. I noticed you 2 weeks ago and was interested,’ Portnoy said in a text to the teen, according to Insider.
He later added: ‘I thought about you a bunch last night. Not all wholesome all the time.’
She replied: ‘I wanna be famous so bad I’d be so good at it.’
‘I’m a good start then,’ Portnoy said.
Ava Louise said she ultimately decided not to hook up with Portnoy, and in hindsight found his behavior ‘predatory.’
‘It’s every man that has followers or status of any sort, and it’s kind of, like, terrifying in a way,’ she said.
Portnoy vehemently denied these allegations in a video statement on Thursday.
He said in the 10-minute long video posted to his Twitter he had suspected an article would be published because his female friends had warned him of a reporter who spent the past eight months fishing for dirt on his sexual exploits.
Portnoy vehemently denied these allegations in a 10-minute video statement on his Twitter
‘It was making it sound like the story is already written; they’re trying to portray you a certain way,’ he said. ‘I’m pretty confident in myself. I know I’ve never done anything weird with a girl – ever.’
He said he was hoping the reporter would drop the story.
‘It became obvious she was going to continue to dig and dig and dig whether took four months, eight months, or eight years to fulfill the narrative she had already decided upon before she even started this article from day one.’
He said all of the allegations levelled against him by the outlet are false.
Portnoy said Madison’s recounting of their encounter was far from the reality of the situation, acknowledging that while they did hook up, it involved two willing participants.
‘At no point was it not 100 percent consensual, at no point did she ask me to stop,’ he said. ‘At no point did either of us think something unseemly happen.
‘There was no weirdness after, it was totally fine.’
He also said he met Allison after she sent him a direct message on social media, and added that while her depression was ‘f***ing awful,’ there were no hints that their rendezvous left her feeling unwell.
Portnoy shared a text exchange he claimed was made between he and Allison after they met.
‘Miss my d*** yet?’ he said.
‘Hahaha of course,’ she replied, adding she was ‘in shock’ he was continuing to message her.
He shared a text exchange he said he had with ‘Allison’ after they slept together which proves they were on good terms
‘Those are the two accusations sexual nature that were dug up against me,’ Portnoy said in his video. ‘The first one, I’ll never be able to prove my side of the story, ever. It’s a he said, she said. I swear to God on my life, I’m telling the truth. The second one at least I have something to back it up.
‘This reporter had an agenda from day one from the second she picked up paper it took her eight months.’
‘People f***ing hate me because I interviewed Trump or I go on Tucker Carlson,’ he added. ‘The woke cancel culture wants to cancel me. This is the next escalation and they’re like oh he wrote a rape joke in 2010 which I wouldn’t do now.
‘He made a video at a porn convention, he must be a rapist and let’s just dig up every rock and I’m scared now. I’m scared because they’re asking for more. They’re asking the internet, ‘tell us bad stories about Dave Portnoy.’ Well guess what? A lot of f***ing people hate me.’
The reporter, Julia Black, said on Twitter that she’s never worked so hard on a story before.
‘I hope you’ll take some time to read it,’ she said. ‘Thank you for the team at @insder for their support, and of course, the brave sources who spoke to me over the last 8 months.’
‘I hope you’ll take some time to read it,’ she said. ‘Thank you for the team at @insder for their support, and of course, the brave sources who spoke to me over the last 8 months.’
Dave Portnoy’s full denial of claims made in Business Insider article
Okay, so, Business Insider finally published the hit piece that has been eight months in the making on me. Not the normal hit piece. Not the normal stuff about jokes we made, videos we’ve made, things we’ve done at Barstool. This is far more serious allegations. Portraying me, painting me really as a sexual deviant. Serious sh*t. So, lawyers have been talking to me, boards, ‘you should say this, you shouldn’t say that.’ Listen, I’ve ignored everything they said. I’m going to do what I always do. I’m just gonna tell the truth. Shoot from the hip and tell you exactly how I feel and where I’m at.
No written statements, no preplanned things, just me being me. It’s worked for me for 20 years and I tell the truth.
Let’s start with the fact that I’m not surprised this article came out. I didn’t know what would be in it but for eight months I’ve had every single girl I’ve been remotely associated with, girls I know, girls I’ve hooked up with, girls I don’t know, girls that have posted Tik Tok’s about me being like, ‘Hey just heads up there’s a reporter digging around basically asking about your sexual habits. Basically like, has he done anything dirty with you? Does he try to get you to do this? All trying to make it sound like the story was already written like they’re trying to portray you a certain way.’ I have tons of girls who have documented that that was their conversation with that reporter.
Now, I still was like as the months went by maybe this will never come out because I’m pretty confident in myself. I know I’ve never done anything weird with a girl ever. Never anything remotely nonconsensual so I was hoping maybe she just couldn’t find it. It became obvious she was going to continue to dig and dig and dig whether it took four months, eight months or eight years to fulfill her narrative she had already decided on before she even started this article.
From day one, I don’t know why she decided to do it, I know cancel culture has been coming for me for a decade, this is just the next iteration. But she knew what she was going to write and she was going to find the narrative to fit it from day one. Most importantly, let’s get to the two allegations that are jarring and if I read them not knowing me, I’d be like this guy belongs behind bars basically.
First allegation is basically a girl that came to my house in Nantucket last July. Like a year and half ago and is saying we had sex it was so rough she was screaming crying in pain, ‘stop, stop,’ she recalls and then like two days later reached out to her friend and said she felt like a sex doll during sex. Based on that description of that story I would have absolutely zero idea who we’re talking about.
However, it said July and there was a passage that said she slept on my couch after we hooked up. That part, the couch part, and knowing when it was, there’s only one girl I could ever recall who slept on a couch and not with me. After we had talked for a month and a half online and I liked her, I thought she was really attractive, pretty, stunning, engaging girl and that’s why she came but I do remember one girl sleeping on the couch. So I went and looked at our past DMs and that part that says she reached out, ‘hey pizza man’ and I reached out ‘hey fly b***h.’ I would have never recognized that I said ‘fly b***h,’ I don’t say that. She was wearing a ‘hey fly b***h shirt or ‘fly b***h shirt when she first DMed me and that’s how I responded, whatever.
So, that’s how I was able to figure out who the girl was. The couch part of it. I can say this unequivocally: at no point, she came, she flew, we did have pizza, hung out, hooked up, at no point during it, at no point was it not 100 percent consensual. At no point did she ask me to stop. At no point did either of us think something unseemly happened. There was no weirdness after. It was totally fine, normal interaction, sexual, 100 percent consensual.
My lawyer’s like don’t make these blanket statements. I’m telling you now her version of events is not true on our hookup. Just not true. Neither of us were like oh you shouldn’t be doing, it was one hundred, million percent consensual. What’s going on in her brain? I don’t know. Her behavior, her actions all outward 100 percent normal. Wasn’t alarmed, never thought about it.
Now, after we hooked up we were hanging out more and it just became one of those situations where we just disagreed on just about everything from you know, is it raining or sunny out? It was oil and vinegar, just two people who did not see the world the same way and that is why she slept on the couch. I do believe, my recollection is she was still interested in hooking up and I was like this just isn’t working. We don’t get along. Flew back, I never talked to her again, I never knew she had any issue. It’s the first I heard of it and quite frankly was stunned to read and hear about it.
I’m obviously not going to say her name. I don’t want her harassed. If what she’s telling that she didn’t enjoy the experience is true, I had no idea and that’s horrible and I never want to feel that way but if there was a hidden camera in that room and it wasn’t a he said/she said and someone saw the interaction there would be absolutely nothing there. I promise you.
I’ve never lied. My lawyers have been like don’t even acknowledge you know this person, it’s just anonymous is better because people can throw it away. I don’t do that. I know who the person is and I’m telling you that’s how it went down. The reason I knew who it was was not because of the description of the event because it does not ring true at all it’s because she slept on the couch because we had a disagreement on life, nothing to do with sex.
Did prior were we sending each other videos? Her to me? Yes. Me to her? Yes. Were we sexting? Yes. Were we having normal conversations? Yes. I talked to her for a month and a half before she came.
That’s incident number one. Incident number two, I have no idea about. Which is basically a girl came over in Nantucket, she DM’d me, she asked to come over, she came over, we hung out by the pool, started hooking up had sex and then it says she went home, got super depressed–she took a selfie with me–got super depressed when the selfie circulated and three days later was in the hospital with depression.
The mother of this girl apparently called the Nantucket cops. I have never, ever been contacted by any authorities, nobody, nothing ever. Never hints, whispers nothing because I’ve never done anything that’s remotely not consensual. I haven’t. So this story total news to me.
The mother’s saying there’s parties in Nantucket. If you put a police car you’ll see girls getting dropped off all the time. Totally false. I never have people at my house. Rarely. I hate people at my house. I want to go to bed early.
In regards to this girl, again, if she’s depressed because she hooked up with me, that’s awful. That is freaking awful. I feel terrible about it. I knew who it was because they’re making these stories seem like it’s all the time. No, when you tell a story I know who it is because if there’s any element of truth I can put it together. I’m not out there running like a madman so I was able to go back. This girl in question who was apparently so depressed by her interactions with me that she ended up in the hospital [shows pictures of direct messages with her].
After we had sex in the afternoon she went home. She DM’d me to come hang out with her at a bar at night. At a bar, by the way, was where she wanted to meet me the first time so all this underage–that’s 21 plus. She said, ‘hey I’m going to this bar meet me here.’ To me it’s pretty black and white, again, such a strange area to be because it’s a sensitive issue and these allegations are horrific but they’re saying she was so depressed by me, suicidal almost, but she was continually hitting me up to hangout and it was the mother who found the DMs and maybe she’s I don’t know. I’m telling you the truth.
For eight months, those were the two accusations, sexual in nature, that were dug up against me. The first one I’ll never be able to prove my side of the story, ever. It’s a he said/she said. I swear to God on my life, I’m telling the truth.
The second one, at least I have something to back it up. I don’t know what else to do. This reporter had an agenda from day one. From the second she picked up paper, took her eight months.
I’ve been mostly single until recently for the past five years. Well known target on my back. People f***ing hate me because I interviewed Trump or I go on Tucker Carlson. The woke cancel culture wants to cancel me. This is the next escalation and they’re like oh he wrote a rape joke in 2010 which I wouldn’t do now. He made a video at a porn convention, he must be a rapist and let’s just dig up every rock and I’m scared now. I’m scared because they’re asking for more. They’re asking the internet, ‘tell us bad stories about Dave Portnoy.’ Well guess what? A lot of f***ing people hate me.
I guarantee this, they’ll never be able to prove anything, nothing, because nothing has ever happened. But I can’t stop a he said/she said, so, yeah, it’s f***ing scary and it sucks and it’s sad that’s the world we live in. This isn’t a court of law where it’s innocent until proven guilty. No charges ever have been filed, probably won’t, unless I’m provoking right now but there’s no way to do it because I’ve never done anything but with media and Business Insider, which doesn’t give a f*** about destroying lives or who they’re effecting right now or the reputation, it’s guilty until proven innocent.
How do I prove in a he said/she said that I’m right? How? Luckily one, I have a DM but the other one I’m telling you we didn’t get along. We saw the world very differently, so yeah there’s nothing after the fact but I was never made aware by her at any point anything remotely was unseemly. What do I gotta be better? No I have a target on my back and I’m too lose and authentic and I don’t have to worry about anything because I know who I am and my character. This is eye opening. It’s like scary. It’s actually f***ing scary because people can basically say whatever they want and this is going to be the new narrative–Dave Portnoy is a rapist.
It is 100 percent false. There’s not an ounce of credibility to it. If this woman, the reporter, wanted to print and talk to all the girls I’ve hooked up with and known you’re going to just see one after the other, great guy, respectful, yes may like kinky sex, may send sex messages, things like that both ways. If you take anything like that out of the bedroom and put it out of context, yeah it looks f***ing weird.
I’ve been pretty open about my sex life. None of the girls besides this have ever said a thing and I’m telling you the first example, she was on the couch and we didn’t hook up a second time and it didn’t have to do with sex. It was we did not see the world, we did not like each other. I have nothing against her, that happens, but it was like, yeah this isn’t gonna work, we’re not getting along.
People choose to believe what they want to believe. This was 11 minutes of me pouring my soul out. I didn’t know how else to do it but it sucks to be attacked like this. Eight months, 24 hours to respond, that’s what the reporter said. Give me a f***ing break.