'Sobriety rocks… and none of this happened!': Actor Brian Presley denies model Melissa Stetten's 'absurd, funny' claims of drunken in-flight encounter
Married actor said 'I guess you have to be careful who you say hello to'Model tweets his response saying: 'Now THIS is funny'
14:27 GMT, 8 June 2012
The actor at the centre of humiliating claims he tried to chat up a model on a plane has denied the encounter even took place.
Model Melissa Stetten, 22, live-tweeted a conversation two days ago with actor Brian Presley, 34, from Oklahoma, who allegedly told her that he believed they were 'brought together' by God on the domestic flight.
The model alleged Mr Presley drank 'three Heinekens' on the Los Angeles flight to New York, even though he has previously spoken of his attendance at 'weekly AA meetings with a group of awesome, godly men from my church.'
However today, after the story of their alleged encounter went worldwide, he responded to the allegations on his Facebook page – calling them 'absurd, funny' and stating that 'none of this happened.'
Not guilty! Actor Brian Presley (right) has denied the claims made by model Melissa Stetten (left), that he tried to chat her up (right) on board a red eye flight that flew out of Los Angeles to New York two days ago
'Inspired his craft': Mr Presley pictured in the 2011 film Touchback with Kurt Russell
In a long post, Mr Presley responded: 'I love that I took a red eye flight to NY, had a 10 minute friendly conversation with the person sitting next to me, had some food, and went to sleep!
'I learned today this person has been tweeting about me drinking beer in the airplane bathroom, and trying to commit adultery with her on the airplane. Really absurd and quite funny! … They Even took pictures of me while I was sleeping.
A little WIERD [sic]! I was on a soap opera for years and never did the writers write something this good:)
Snapped: The model captures the encounter on her phone (above) before posting the photograph on Twitter
'None of what this person said happened is true! I guess in today's age you have to be careful who you say hello too.'
And in reference to claims that he was drinking, Mr Presley concluded: 'Sobriety, God, & My Family are the most important things in my life! My Wife Rocks, My Kids Rock, and Sobriety Rocks!!! I will pay this no more attention and I encourage all of you to do the same. God Bless all of you and thank you all for all your support!'
The amused model tweeted Mr Presley's Facebook post and wrote: 'Now THIS is funny…'
Sobriety Rocks: The actor's response, posted this morning… by Melissa Stetten
The model had detailed the alleged encounter with Mr Presley in a series of amusing Twitter posts.
She had claimed that she did not recognise him at first.
And it was only when one of her 13,000 followers alerted her to his identity that the messages became more interesting.
Knowledge: Miss Stetten learns via the social networking site that the actor recently claimed he's sober
Nice one Brian: The model reveals how the actor responded to her questioning
Charmer: She tweeted that her took off his wedding ring – the tweet was later deleted
The actor, a former star of Port Charles which was a
spin-off TV series of General Hospital, has previously spoken publicly about his journey to sobriety and religion.
Miss Stetten tweeted: 'Brian just said “like us sitting here right now, talking about
where we're from, it's like divine interception”. right, interception.'
CAN WE TRUST MELISSA STETTEN
The model, who stated on her blog Pretty Bored that she took the drug Zoloft earlier this year as an anti-depressant, has a history of stretching the truth.
On March 30, the model posted a Photoshopped picture of two Mega Millions 'winning' tickets to her Twitter page. Its caption read: 'I think I just won a billion dollars'. Some suggested it was an April Fools' prank.On March 7, admitted on her blog that she often lies about her age. The post reads: '[Casting directors] ask my age, I say 23, as usual, because if I went any younger I fear that they might question the miniscule eye wrinkle'.
The blog also features posts that discuss:
Her miscarriage, written on July 9, 2011Her rocky relationship with Anthony Cumia, a 51-year-old radio host, written on May 15, 2012
Her fondness for Matthew McConaughey, written on July 9, 2011, despite a later post that reads: 'If you find Matthew McConaughey attracttive I probably hate you because I hate him'.
thanks, Brian, the actor sitting next to me on this flight talking
about his role with Kurt Russell and his spiritual beliefs.'
During the pair's alleged conversation, he claimed that he is not married to his wife of ten years Erin Hershey Presley.
He, in fact, met Mrs Presley on the
show's set – the pair were co-stars and now have two children.
The model posted at a later stage of the
commentary: 'He said he was engaged for 6 months but broke it off! RT
@Pat_Healy: @MelissaStetten Ask him how his wife Erin and son Jackson
A now-deleted tweet also read: 'Holy s**t Brian came back from the bathroom WITHOUT his wedding ring on! Watch out Virgin America, you've got a real charmer on board.'
The model, born in Kalamazoo,
Michigan, posted her detailed description as he chatted to her from the
seat beside her on the flight.
expressed an unwillingness to engage in the conversation right from her
first tweet, but it seems that the actor, who has
appeared in guest roles in Beverly Hills 90210 and 7th Heaven in the
past, couldn't take the hint.
Through her tweets, her Twitter
followers learned that 'Brian… is an artist and believes everything
happens for a reason like how we're brought together on this flight'.
He is also 'a straightforward guy who booked a McDonalds commercial when he was 19 and then God took over from there'.
The actor, who starred in a movie called Touchback, told the model further lies about his marital status.
Family man: The actor met his wife of ten years on the set of a soap called Port Charles, they have two children
Soon enough, Miss Stetten's followers, which now total almost 18,700, began posting actual facts about the actor.
The model then acknowledged the possible repercussions of her running commentary.
She posted: 'Did I just ruin Brian Presley's life via Twitter'
Beauty: She has almost 18,700 followers on Twitter, who seemed to be captivated by her posts
SHAMED: BRIAN PRESLEY'S PICKUP ATTEMPT ON MELISSA STETTEN IN FULL
'No thanks, Brian, the actor sitting next to me on this flight talking about his role with Kurt Russell and his spiritual beliefs'
'Brian is now talking about how he is an artist and believes everything happens for a reason, like how we're brought together on this flight'
'Apparently Brian is a straightforward guy from Oklahoma who booked a McDonalds commercial when he was 19 and then God took over from there'
'Brian hates closed minded people but loves artists in the industry, and just called this one-sided conversation a “collabo” between us'
'Oh wow, Brian grew up on a ranch with uber conservative parents but his stance on gay marriage is ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz….'
'Brian just said “like us sitting here right now, talking about where we're from, it's like divine interception.” right, interception'
'Brian asked what I do for a living. I said model. He said “oh I love meeting other artists like myself”
'Brian just finished working on a movie with Matthew McConaughey who inspired his “craft” immensely being a small town boy like himself'
'Yes, this is BRIAN! RT @Pat_Healy: @MelissaStetten Is this him by any chance http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0696169/'
'He said he was engaged for 6 months but broke it off! RT @Pat_Healy: @MelissaStetten Ask him how his wife Erin and son Jackson are'
'Brian likes going back home to Oklahoma to inspire the less fortunate to become “artists” like himself'
'Brian just took his Heineken in a plastic cup into the bathroom. Will report back shortly'
'Holy s***, Brian came out of the bathroom WITHOUT his wedding ring on. Watch out Virgin America, you've got a real charmer on board.'
'Brian is back, he just ordered the chicken salad sandwich'
'Brian's been looking for the headphone jack for 10 minutes'
'Brian asked if I saw Book of Mormon. I said yes. He said he wanted to get into theater when he was a rodeo boy back in 'Homa (oklahoma)'
'Brian said he was engaged to another actress but it didn't work out because they didn't “mesh well” together'
'Holy s**t. He's had 3 heinekens and is wasted. Sober Hardly. RT @PlaidMcPlatypus: did you say he was drinking beer'
'Did I just ruin Brian Presley's life via twitter'
'Who opens the windows on a redeye flight Brian does. F***ing Brian'