Men preying on drunk girl in viral video say they were duped

The video, purporting to be a “social experiment,” has been viewed more than 8 million times on YouTube

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Men featured in a viral YouTube video preying on a drunk woman on the streets of Los Angeles say they were asked to act as potential rapists for “a comedy sketch,” according to media reports.

The clip, “Drunk Girl in Public,” stars actress Jennifer Box, 24, rambling around Hollywood Boulevard pretending to be looking for her way home while drinking beer from a paper bag.

The video then features five men attempting to prey on her.

The clip, purporting to be a “social experiment,” was uploaded onto YouTube on Nov. 8, and has been viewed more than 8 million times since.

The men in the clip told investigative website The Smoking Gun that they were asked by the video creators to participate in a comedic student production.

The men were reportedly never asked to sign releases or any other paperwork.

In a Facebook post, Mike Mokii Koshak, one of the participants, said the video “was all staged and all of the people in it were acting.”

The clip “does not portray myself or any of the other people in it correctly,” he added. “It’s a false a** portrayal and I was lied to about what the video even was.”

When Koshak complained to the video creators about being duped, he received a private Facebook message from Seth Leach, a member of the team, saying: “Totally cool with you telling everyone that we came up to you and you acted the part for the video... the important thing to consider, is that this video is going to get you well known and have a future with us and our company.”

Leach added: “Just go with it dude, you are in our team now and we will take care of you.”

Another participant, Josh Blain, told the Huffington Post that he was approached by a few people asking him if he would not mind “acting out a little skit.”

Blain said: “They told me I needed to pretend to pick up this drunk girl and try to take her home, and that it would be really funny. I didn’t expect them to try to make me look like some sexual predator.”

The video comes after “Hollaback!”, a video featuring a woman bombarded with catcalls while walking the streets of New York, gained more than 36 million views on YouTube.

Both videos have prompted a conversation on U.S. and international media on the issue of rape.

In the United States, one out of six women has been a victim of attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.

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