A street artist whose art is reportedly featured at the White House and Facebook headquarters insisted on Friday that a story he shared of coercing a massage therapist into performing oral sex on him was fabricated, Gawker reported.
37-year-old David Choe first told the story on his podcast, DVDASA, last month, as part of a segment he calls "erection quest," involving a visit to a "white person" massage place involving a woman he called Rose, whom he described by saying "she's half-black, half-white. She's a magic person."
During the massage, Choe said, he began masturbating, then grabbed the woman's rear without her consent and forced her hand onto his penis, eventually asking her to spit on it.
"I was like 'No, spit on my d*ck,'" Choe told his co-host, porn star Asa Akira, and their guests. "And she was like "No, this is crazy." You know? And it's like, she's definitely like not into it, but she's not stopping it, either."
"In her head, she's thinking, 'I'm gonna get a good tip,'" one guest replied.
Seconds later, he tells his co-host that, after Rose refused to kiss his penis, he grabbed the back of her head and forced it into her mouth.
"You raped," Akira said, before adding, "allegedly."
Choe then said he continued forcing his penis into her mouth until he ejaculated, but that the woman refused to have sex with him, before admitting she developed feelings for him, and that the "thrill of possibly going to prison" contributed to his excitement.
"You're basically telling us that you're a rapist now," Akira chided. "And the only way to get your d*ck really hard is rape."
On Friday, however, Choe released a statement on the show's website saying the story was fictional and denouncing the idea that he could be a rapist.
"I am not a rapist," he wrote. "I hate rapists, I think rapists should be raped and murdered."
He also described the show as an extension of his artwork, saying it is meant to "challenge and provoke" listeners.
"We create stories and tell tales," he wrote. "It's not a news show. It's not a representation of my reality. It's not the place to come for reliable information about me or my life. It's my version of reality, it's art that sometimes offends people. I'm sorry if anyone believed that the stories were fact. They were not!"
Choe, who is Asian-American, has made reference to massage parlors in other media appearances, expressing a preference for getting massages from women "who look like my mom."
In 2012, he made $200 million off of Facebook company stock given to him in exchange for painting his "dirty style" murals on the walls of the company's headquarters seven years earlier. One of his paintings, depicting President Barack Obama, is reportedly hanging at the White House.
Choe's massage story begins around the 1-hour and 13-minute mark of this episode of his podcast, which can be seen below.