Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy claimed on Thursday that new allegations that he has a kinky penchant for rough and violent sex are “100 percent not true.”
The 44-year-old creator of the popular online site was accused by several women of abusive and humiliating trysts that one woman said left her “literally screaming in pain” during one encounter, Business Insider reported.
“It was so rough I felt like I was being raped,” one alleged victim, identified only as Madison, said she texted to a friend, the outlet said. “He videotaped me and spit in my mouth and choked me so hard I couldn’t breathe.”
“It was so painful,” she said. “I kept trying to get away and he was like, ‘Stop running away from me,” and then “just went harder.”
Business Insider said it spoke with more than two dozen people tied to Portnoy and Barstool, including women as young as 19 who reported explicit online exchanges.
Three of the women said they had sex with Portnoy, calling the experience “frightening and humiliating,” with two saying he choked them and filmed them without permission.
One woman said she was suicidal after the encounter — but was afraid to speak up.
“I know how he is when someone goes after him,” one woman said. “I thought he would say something in public, or share videos or me.”
Portnoy, a hugely popular but controversial figure, has raised eyebrows in the past, including in a 2010 blog post following the acquittal of an Australian man charged with rape.
“I never condone rape, but if you’re size six and you’re wearing skinny jeans, you kind of deserve to be raped,” he wrote, the outlet said.
On Thursday, within hours of the article’s publication, Portnoy responded in a video on Twitter claiming the new accusations just aren’t true — and saying the sexual encounters were consensual.
He called the article “a hit piece” that was “eight months in the making.”
He called the allegations “jarring,” and said he and Madison had spoken online for a month before she flew out to meet him at his Nantucket home.
“Her version of events is not true on our hookup, just not true,” he said of her claims. “Neither of us were like, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be doing — it was 100 million percent consensual. What’s going on in her brain? I have no idea.”
“At no point was it not 100 percent consensual,” he added. “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.”
Asked about a second allegation that one of his partners were later hospitalized for depression, Portnoy said, “If she’s depressed because she hooked up with me, that’s awful. That’s freaking awful. I feel terrible about it.”
Despite the denials, Business Insider says it stands by its reporting.
Portnoy founded Barstool in 2003 in his hometown in Massachusetts, literally taking to the streets to distribute what was then a free four-page newspaper.
He later went digital and built the company into a major success.