HGTV Personality Carter Oosterhouse Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations
HGTV star Carter Oosterhouse is the most recent celebrity to be accused of sexual misconduct. The 41-year-old carpenter, who has been married to actress Amy Smart since 2011, is now denying the accusations, claiming he had an intimate relationship with his accuser that was "100 percent mutual and consensual," as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Kailey Kaminsky, Oosterhouse's former makeup artist, accused the HGTV star of "coercing her into repeated acts of oral sex" during production of his show CARTER CAN in 2008. She said that she lost her job after taking time off because of anxiety and a stomach ulcer. After her termination, she soon was hospitalized for depression.
Oosterhouse responded to the allegations, releasing the following statement to E! News.
"I had an intimate relationship with Kailey nine years ago and it was 100 percent mutual and consensual. In no way did I ever feel, nor was it ever indicated to me, that Kailey was uncomfortable during our intimate relationship. I would have never done anything that I was not sure was mutually agreeable. The reality is that I knew it was consensual because she initiated it the first time and many of the 15 or so times we had relations thereafter. We were together outside of work and I considered her a friend," he said.
CARTER CAN director Patrick Jager, who was the one that informed Kaminsky she would not be returning to the show, said he does not remember the reason why she was fired.
"I didn't have anything to do with her not being invited back to the show-that was a producer decision," he said.
Kaminsky said she told an official at the show and two other producers about the incidents, but not one complaint went through further investigation.
She did say that Oosterhouse called her to apologize after she spent time in the hospital, saying "I'm so sorry. I thought it was mutual."
Oosterhouse responded to Kaminsky's retelling of his apology.
""I did say I thought it was mutual-because it was. I didn't apologize because I never did anything wrong. That's the God's honest truth. I felt bad that she was, in that moment, not-super-positive," he said.
In his statement, Oosterhouse said he was "very passionate about what is a happening right now with the #MeToo movement, especially because I have so many strong woman in my life, like my wife, mother, sister and of course my little baby girl."