An actor has come under serious fire this week after she staged her own kidnapping... But her reasoning behind the stunt has surprised everyone.
Ah, the things people will do for fame.
Now, when it comes to attaining fame and money, Masika really has done it all.
She also has an Only Fans account...
But she is best known for her time on Love and Hip-Hop: Hollywood and Growing Up Hip-Hop: Atlanta.
However, all of this fame and publicity clearly isn't enough...
Taking to Instagram, Masika posted a frantic video in which she could be seen standing in her underwear, crying and covered in - what have now been confirmed to be fake - bruises.
via: InstagramShe captioned the video: "I've been kidnapped. I'm in a warehouse somewhere. Idk where! I'm so scared! They took all my money and they want more! Please! Help me! Click the link in my bio & subscribe to my only fans and tip me so they'll let me go!! They're coming!"
She seemed completely hysterical.
via: InstagramThrough tears, she sobbed: "I'm not sure how much time I have... I got beat really bad."
She went on to stress how she needed people to give her tips on her Only Fans account...
via: Instagram"They said that you guys have to leave me tips and follow me... So they can take the money and, I don't know, let me go."
She seemed quite specific with her instructions.
via: Instagram"Tip me $100 dollars each," she begged to the camera.
Suddenly, the video ends...
via: InstagramAnd Masika can then be seen, still covered in the supposed "bruises", but this time much calmer and wearing a white bathrobe.
Speaking in a much more serious and sombre tone, she addresses the camera:
via: Instagram"Hey guys, now that I have your attention, I wanted to talk about something very important."
via: Instagram"I'm sorry if I scared you, but sometimes you need that shock factor."
Masika then reveals that she is actually "on set right now filming for my new show"...
via: InstagramAnd that her "bruises" and "scrapes" are actually a result of film makeup, before reassuring her fans that she is safe.
She went on to explain:
via: Instagram"The show that I'm working on right now is about child sex trafficking... This is a very challenging role for me because this is something that I am very passionate about and, you know, shooting this show... I've done a lot of research and have had to dig deep and I just found out things that I never wanted to know."
She then revealed that she had joined forces with the R.O.S.E organization, a non-profit foundation in the US that supports victims of trafficking...
via: InstagramAnd that all the money people sent to her to "be released" would, in fact, be going to them instead.
However, the head of the charity, Toni. D. Rivera, said that neither she nor anyone from the foundation had given Kalysha permission to act on their behalf.In the caption to a video refuting the actor's claims, Rivera said: "I nor my team DID NOT ASK NOR approve of this representation! We would never accept money raised from a porn site called Fans Only [sic] nor any mockery of this traumatic experience that may have triggered some of my followers who has been victims... I'm sure she meant well, but she is NOT a spokesman for my organization."
Masika has since deleted the video...
@masikakalysha ...... this is disrespectful to the countless people facing actual human trafficking— THE ICON (@THE ICON)1598397761.0
But Masika isn't at all concerned regarding the backlash.
Thank you queen. I’m not worried God got me 🥰🙏🏽 https://t.co/NyIt0uV6d7— Masika Kalysha (@Masika Kalysha)1598447532.0
She has valiantly defended herself...
WAIT 😳 I was SMART enough to utilize a massive platform that gets TRAFFIC for SEXUAL content to bring awareness to… https://t.co/g0uQ5YUvP8— Masika Kalysha (@Masika Kalysha)1598414613.0