Last Friday, BuzzFeed released a huge exposé detailing a bunch of gross stuff about self-help douchebag Tony Robbins. We all remember how Tony suggested that the #MeToo movement was a way for women to play the victims and not “take responsibility.” That was not the half of it. Buzzfeed has recordings of Tony “berating” abuse survivors at his speeches, and testimony from women who worked with him and attended his seminars who say that Tony was abusive and gross. So since last Friday Tony Robbins has probably had his legal team in a headspin. Well, put on those helmets, Tony’s attorneys, because four more women have come forward to accuse Tony of being a Grade A pervert.
BuzzFeed says these recent allegations stem from the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s, and the four women now bring the total number of people accusing Tony of grossness up to nine.
Nine former staffers and former followers of Tony have told BuzzFeed about incidents where he made sexual advances, or was naked in front of them.
Kimberly Stokes worked with Tony as his live-in personal assistant when she was 22. She claims that one time Tony waltzed into her bathroom where she was in the middle of showering, and then “dropped his towel.” Kimberly says she had already once rebuffed his advances by this point. Another women, Sophiah Koikas, claims that Tony “pulled her hand onto his crotch to feel his penis and groped her breast at a Hawaii seminar.” And Mary Lantz says that Tony sexually harassed her in Ohio when she attended an event. She alleges he kept telling her she was “driving him crazy,” as he kissed her, hugged her, and touched her breast.
The fourth woman, Lucie Galvez, told BuzzFeed that during a 2001 interview, Tony asked her: “How do you feel about nudity?” The interview was for a personal assistant. She says that Tony hinted working as his assistant would mean being in close quarters with him and his then-girlfriend and that the couple “might be naked.” Lucie said she found the interview:
“Sexually inappropriate, almost predatory… It felt like I was getting interviewed for sexual threesomes as opposed to an assistant’s job.”
Uh, yeah! Why are you naked? That is a ménage-a-trois suggestion if I’ve ever heard one–and I’ve never heard one, but still! Maybe Tony has a rash that must have ointment applied sporadically and immediately? That’s also an explanation that’ll make you pass on the job.
Tony posted an apology-type video after BuzzFeed’s first report on Friday where he denies man of the allegations but says he’s “better” than he was in his twenties:
His lawyers add that Tony “specifically denies that he engaged in any of the alleged conduct” with these four accusers. They also say there are no records of any of these women lodging “any type of verbal or written complaint” with his company.
My favorite part of Tony’s legal denial is when his lawyers say that Tony was “never intentionally naked” in front of his staff… but:
“To the extent that he may have been unclothed at various times in his home or in hotels when working while either dressing or showering, and whether a personal assistant may have been present for some reason at that time, Mr. Robbins has no recollection.”
I can picture a 1980s flasher in court saying the exact same thing:
“Your honor! I was not flashing those young women! I was simply taking a stroll in my finest, most comfortable house coat and then a gust of wind, unintentionally revealed my huge, low-hanging balls which I’m very proud of. If those high-school girls just happened to be in the park having a picnic, I have no recollection.”
I don’t know how Tony will get out of this one. Maybe he should turn to the advice of a fellow self-help professional who has his life together and constantly tells people why they’re wrong and should change. Someone like Steve Harvey. He could offer some help. He’s doing well for himself, right?