Robbie Turner controversy: Twitter confused as 'RuPaul's Drag Race' star allegedly fabricates fatal car crash

 

 

Twitter is reeling among revelations that a popular "RuPaul's Drag Race" star apparently fabricated a fatal car crash -- seemingly as a ploy to sell more tickets for an upcoming show.

Seattle-based drag performer Robbie Turner alarmed fans last week by tweeting details of a harrowing car crash she'd endured on her way home from a gig.

“I just woke up. I’ve been in a car accident,” she wrote. “I didn’t recollect it. I’m not certain what happened. My driver did not survive.”

Adding that she was wearing a seatbelt and her followers should too, Robbie continued, "My Uber was struck by a drunk driver. I closed my eyes briefly & it happened. I heard it, but hit my head & it was over. They ran tests at the hospital, but outside of my shoulder feeling jammed & my right eye hurting, I only have a bruise. Grateful."

Upon hearing the news, several organizations reportedly reached out to follow up on the story -- but quickly discovered there was little evidence to corroborate Turner's account.

A spokesperson from the Seattle Police Department told Seattle Gay Scene, “I am not aware of anything like that occurring, nor are any of my colleagues aware of this accident.” And a spokesperson for Uber was equally unaware of any incident.

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Twitter is split on how to react to the strange story, with some chastising Turner and others coming to her defense.

"While one person’s dishonesty may be disappointing, I’m more disappointed in how many people are willing to kick that person while they are down," tweeted "Drag Race All-Star" Ben de la Creme. "How do you hope people will treat you when you’re at your lowest?"

But fellow drag star Kim Chi was less sympathetic, tweeting a dry jab: "Sad to think I was living while an imaginary Uber driver was dying," she wrote with a broken heart emoji.

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