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My favorite movie-parody YouTube channel is How it Should Have Ended, but a close second is Honest Trailers, formerly published under the Screen Junkies banner (now Fandom Entertainment). I’ve been watching it for years. One of the founding figures of the channel, Andy Signore, was fired by Defy Media (which owned Screen Junkies) in October 2017 over accusations of sexual misconduct. A woman by the name of April Dawn had publicly accused him of luring her to a hotel room, trying to force himself on her, taking pictures of her without her consent, and other misdeeds. Several fans had also shared flirtatious messages he had sent them on social media.
I remember when this all went down, and the video that the Screen Junkies crew posted in the aftermath of his firing. These were colleagues of Andy, whom I’d watched interact and laugh with him on many videos in the past. They basically threw Andy under the bus. I don’t recall them really piling on him, but I don’t recall any of them questioning the accusations or standing up for him. They all seemed to be operating under the presumption that he was guilty.
Well, in August 2018 Andy brought a lawsuit against Defy Media for firing him. He also stated that much of what he was accused of doing was false, but that he could not share the full details until after his case against Defy Media was settled.
Well, the case was settled about a month ago, and now Andy Signore has released a video detailing what really went down between him and April Dawn, all backed up with screenshots of the chatlogs and emails between her and him.
Long story short, Andy was an adulterous jerk, but he WAS NOT a sexual predator. April was 100% a willing participant in their affair, and much of what she accused him of is demonstrably false. His career and reputation were destroyed, and he was slandered across the web on the basis of lies.
Below I’ve posted Andy’s video, and a video by YouTuber The Quartering (which is what led me to Andy’s video). The Quartering’s video also includes a screenshot of April’s response to all of this, a slimy statement that includes use of the phrase “my truth” (barf).
In looking at the comments on these two YouTube videos, I found it interesting that multiple commenters brought up how this yet more proof of the wisdom of the Mike Pence rule. Indeed.
I’m very curious to see if the Honest Trailers crew will release a video addressing Andy’s situation now in light of the truth being revealed.
***Also, don’t want to claim credit for coming up with #believeevidence myself; somebody in the comments of one of the videos used it.