Who is Sydney Raines? Dave Portnoy's sex tape partner says leaked video 'was never meant to be public'
'Some might not approve of the video content but it was entirely consensual and it’s unfortunate that it is no longer private,' she added
Earlier this week, a clip of Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, 44, with a naked woman was leaked. The identity of the woman in the sex tape was not known but on Wednesday, April 7, Sydney Raines took to Instagram to identify herself and make a statement about the video. The leaked video reportedly shows a naked Portnoy "vigorously yanking" at Raine's neck with a leash.
Portnoy also addressed the video after Penn National Gaming's stock price took a hit. The casino company owns about a third of his Barstool empire. In a video posted on Twitter, Portnoy said, "A stock is down because somebody has consensual sex? Are you f*****g kidding me?" He also "encouraged" to "buy the dip" and turn this into an opportunity.
He also revealed to FOX Business on Tuesday, April 6, that there was nothing wrong in the video besides the point that it is now being distributed illegally. He said, "Somebody committing a crime by leaking an old video of sex between two consenting adults seems like a dumb reason for a stock to go down." He added, "As far as I know, nobody would exist on Earth without intercourse. And anybody who shared or watched it committed a federal crime. It was never meant for public consumption. Either way, it presented a good buying opportunity in my mind."
Who is Sydney Raines?
Raines, who is an Instagram model, addressed the video with a statement on her Instagram account. Starting off with saying, "Sydney Raines here! Your one and only true inside to the 'scandal'," Raines went on to speak about consent. She wrote, "I became aware yesterday that a video has surfaced on the internet and yes, that was me," she began. "Its [sic] hard to believe that a video from the past is just coming to light but it was never meant to be public. Some might not approve of the video content but it was entirely consensual and it’s unfortunate that it is no longer private,” Raines wrote on Instagram, “but [Portnoy and I] are still friends with no animosity between us.”
She added, "People need to realize that we all endure obstacles in our lives and this just happens to be mine, I won't label this as a mistake since we have both taken responsibility for it, but the fact that it was leaked and posted without our awareness and consent would be considered the true mistake. As I come forward about this, I want you all to acknowledge that this is me accepting the situation while I continue my daily life without vexation. With no apologies, Syd."