A man who appeared in that viral “drunk girl” video (see it below) says the whole thing was a set up.
Christine Michaels, owner of LA Epic Club Crawls, says employee Mike “Mokii” Koshak told her he was approached by the video's maker and told to act the part of a zealous suitor for what he believed was a student comedy short film. Koshak also says as much on his Facebook page.
The video, a response to the infamous and ugly New York catcall video, shows a woman pretending to be drunk and asking for help finding a bus to Culver City as she walks on Hollywood Boulevard.
Most of about a half-dozen men featured in the video are seen offering help by way of trying to get the woman to come home with them. One man says, “There's a bus line … right in front of my house. It's right there. Waterbed, I got all of that.”
Michaels said Koshak, who appears later in the video, is an independent contractor who was working for her at the time. However, she said, LA Epic did not condone the video. And, she added, Koshak later said he felt duped by the producer when he saw the final product.
Koshak said on his Facebook page today that “the video that has me in it that's going around the web was all staged and all of the people in it were acting.”
A man representing himself as one of the video's makers reached out to Koshak on Facebook today. We obtained a screenshot of his message, which says, in part, “Yo dude, totally cool with you telling everyone that we came up to you and you acted the part for the video.”
We were told that Koshak, who had not apparently signed a release, is now seeking legal representation in the matter.
In the meantime, Peters says Koshak, who was wearing a t-shirt with her firm's name on it, is no longer being hired by her concern. Here's LA Epic's statement on the matter:
LA Epic Club Crawls does not condone or support the actions depicted in the posted video that has gone viral. The independent contractor who participated in the video did so without the authorization of LA Epic. This individual informed us that the video was directed and filmed under the guise of a plotted comedy short-film. Although LA Epic supports the awareness of alcohol abuse and social responsibility, we have no ties with the actions of the individuals who were filmed or the creators of the video.
Some folks seemed to have doubts about the veracity of the men's behavior on the video almost as soon as it went viral.
We reached out to the video's poster, Stephen Zhang, who's listed as the CEO of a viral marketing company, multiple times since we first wrote about the clip yesterday. He had yet to get back to us.
Advertising disclosure: We may receive compensation for some of the links in our stories. Thank you for supporting LA Weekly and our advertisers.