TikToker Sienna Mae Gomez brought a lawyer and a forensic expert on a podcast to clear her name after Jack Wright's sexual assault accusations

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  • Sienna Mae Gomez appeared on "BFFs" podcast, addressing sexual assault allegations made against her.

  • The TikTok star brought a lawyer and a forensic expert to help her dispute the claims.

  • She said she has not been on social media a lot over the last month due to cyberbullying.

California-based TikToker Sienna Mae Gomez appeared on a podcast on Feburary 24 to address sexual assault allegations that were made against her by Jack Wright, her former friend and fellow Hype House member.

Gomez appeared on "BFFs" podcast, hosted by Dave Portnoy and Josh Richards, along with her lawyer, Julie Gerschick, She was also joined by Motti Gabler, a forensic video expert with the National Center for Audio & Video Forensics, who showed a video in which he determined that a viral clip of Gomez and Wright was not "credible evidence" of an assault.

Since allegations were first made against Gomez by a friend of Wright in May 2021, Gomez has denied the claims in statements on social media and to Insider. On the podcast, she said she wanted the experts to talk about the "legal" side of things. Portnoy told Gomez he thought it was "weird" and "unusual" that she would want to bring experts on with her if she was innocent.

Gomez said, "I feel like what I want to touch on is how I'm doing and the emotional questions that I know you guys are going to ask. But as for the legal and the 'what's going on' questions, that's for them to answer because I don't want to butcher anything."

Gerschick said during the episode that there is currently no legal action, such as a police investigation, civil claim, or police report, filed against Gomez. She added that Gomez has been subject to "unbelievable amounts of cyberbullying" over the last month.

Gabler then played a pre-prepared video analyzing a clip of Gomez and Wright that circulated online in 2021. The clip was posted on June 3, 2021, by an individual named Lachlan Hannemann, who said it was filmed on November 30, 2020. It showed Gomez sitting on top of Wright, touching and kissing him. Hannemann said Wright was unconscious at the time, and in a video uploaded January 2022, Wright supported Hannemann's version of events.

Gabler showed footage from the original clip and said Gomez appears to be touching Wright's "leg" instead of his crotch, adding that the clip is so short it does not give a full picture of the events so cannot be considered "credible" evidence of an assault.

Portnoy said he thought the forensic expert's video would make more people assume Gomez was "guilty" because she was trying so hard to defend herself, and mocked the quality of the video, which used animations and a voiceover, for looking like a "bad movie."

Gomez said that she has barely been on her phone this month due to online bullying. "I am obviously not doing 100% because how could I be when there's just so much hatred," she said.

Throughout 2020, Gomez and Wright — who are both 18 — frequently filmed TikTok videos together, often seen kissing and cuddling, but gradually stopped collaborating over the course of 2021. Gomez said in the podcast episode that she and Wright "never dated" but added that she "loved" Wright and at one point thought she would marry him.

Wright spoke out about the allegations for the first time on January 20, 2022, in a YouTube video titled, "what Sienna Mae did to me." He detailed four occasions where he said Gomez touched him without consent. Various sexual assault allegations against Gomez have circulated online since a friend of Wright first made them in May 2021, and Gomez has repeatedly denied them. Since Wright's video was posted, Gomez has lost more than 1 million TikTok followers.

Insider reached out to Jack Wright and Sienna Mae Gomez for comment.

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