HGTV star comes under fire for sexual misconduct

HGTV, the network channel known for home improvement and do-it-yourself shows has now entered the pervnado universe. (I love that term coined by Allahpundit and have been waiting to use it.)  Some of the network’s shows have an almost cult-like following. An article in the Hollywood Reporter gave a twist amongst the rest sucked into this ever-growing universe.

A woman who worked on HGTV star Carter Oosterhouse’s popular show Carter Can alleges he coerced her into performing repeated acts of oral sex during production, an experience that she says eventually led to her becoming hospitalized for depression and losing her job.

Kailey Kaminsky, who was employed as Oosterhouse’s makeup artist in 2008, tells The Hollywood Reporter that she acquiesced to his demands for oral sex when the carpenter turned reality TV star threatened her employment after months of incessant badgering. “At that point I was a nervous wreck,” says Kaminsky. “I was so worn down from his advances, so I did: that day, on that occasion. It was the first time. Then thereafter it was most every time we would shoot — 10 to 15 times he put me in this position.

Sadly, this is just another story, right? It stands out to me, though, because of a couple of tidbits. One being that Ms. Kaminsky “identifies as a lesbian.” To add to the confusion, she married a guy, briefly, after all this. He vouches for her story.

Kaminsky told two female producers about the relationship but referred to it as a consensual one. The women saw no need to intervene. Kaminsky admits she framed the relationship as mutual. “I told myself that this is giving me power. I definitely went out of my way to pretend it was something that I was participating in willfully.” Wow.

She developed a stomach ulcer and went on to suffer psychological damage. She didn’t confide in her mother at the time when she flew to Los Angeles to visit Kailey in the hospital and it sounds like she threw her under the bus –  “I was afraid to tell my mom because she had worked in the industry and she had said to me, ‘Make yourself indispensable, no matter what.’” I truly do not think that oral sex was what her mom had in mind in that career advice.

Anyway, Kaminsky’s contract was not renewed and she claims she had trouble securing employment. A year went by and she contacted a production company executive. After that, Oosterhouse called her. She asked for help getting a job and he said he’d do what he could but she never heard anything from him again.

Oosterhouse denies the allegation. He married actress Amy Smart in 2011 and they became the parents of a little girl in 2016. Kaminsky says she has been triggered by seeing Oosterhouse on magazine covers and on HGTV.

Oosterhouse has issued a statement. He claims she initiated the relationship.

First off, let me say that I am very passionate about what is a happening right now with the #metoo movement, especially because I have so many strong women in my life, like my wife, mother, sister and of course my little baby girl. We are in a time of change for society and I am behind it 100%.

I had an intimate relationship with Kailey 9 years ago and it was 100% mutual and consensual. In no way did I ever feel, nor was it ever indicated to me, that Kailey was uncomfortable during our intimate relationship. I would have never done anything that I was not sure was mutually agreeable.

The reality is that I knew it was consensual because she initiated it the first time and many of the 15 or so times we had relations thereafter. We were together outside of work and I considered her a friend.

I want to address a couple of the things she said. First, I didn’t have anything to do with her not being invited back to the show — that was a producer decision.

And as for the fact that she identifies as a lesbian — I didn’t know that — all I knew was that she was in a sexual relationship with another guy who worked on the show.

It’s upsetting that she now feels this way, I only wish her the best and truly hope that she can move forward.