Update: Masika issued the following statement, “While on set fully immersed in my character, for season two of Double Crossed, a show that bravely displays the reality and tragedy of human trafficking, I got caught up in the excitement of the moment and chose to use my platform to bring an essential topic to light by displaying my efforts to support the end of human trafficking. It is imperative that you understand the public’s safety and the victims are paramount to my actions. I made no money, nor was it ever my intent. With that being said, I am aware that the way I went about it was distasteful, and I apologize to anyone whom I have offended or hurt with my delivery. However, I am incredibly grateful that we now have an open dialogue to refocus our attention on what matters most. I urge everyone to join me in my efforts to bring awareness to this awful reality. But most importantly, I urge everyone to help put an end to human trafficking.”
We’re told immediately following Masika’s video being published on Instagram the creator of the show, Christel Gibson, starting getting bombarded with calls from people outside the set describing what had just occurred.
As we reported, Masika posted a video of a fake kidnapping where she cried and begged her followers to join her OnlyFans account and ‘tip’ her so that the kidnappers could take the money and let her go.
Turns out it was all fake, and Masika claimed she did it to get everyone’s attention and raise money for sex trafficking. But, the stunt did not sit well with executives from UMC, the streaming service who airs the series.
At that point, we’re told producers from the show and UMC executives spoke to Masika’s representatives and requested she publically apologize for such an offensive stunt.
We’re told Maskia refused and claimed she was holding her ground believing that the kidnapping video was something good that raised awareness to the cause.
After extensive discussion, the ‘Double Cross’ creator decided she wanted to part ways with Masika and immediately remove her from the television show.
It should be noted, the television show tackles the very same topic and features twin siblings who fight the sex trafficking of young girls. Masika was recently cast for season two to play the character, Imani.
Masika was then fired from the show.
See The Statement…
UMC, which streams the show, tells The Blast, “In light of the offensive video posted by Masika Kalysha while on the set of our series, “Double Cross,” we’ve made the decision to part ways with her immediately and will be recasting her role. “Double Cross” was created to shed light on the horrors of sex trafficking and we strongly condemn any inclination that such a serious issue should be made light of.”
Our sources say other staff members and cast agreed with the decision and the mood around the set is that the topic of sex trafficking is not something to be joking about.
See The Original Kidnapping Video…
As you know, the former “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” posted the video which was widely criticized as a tone-deaf publicity stunt… after faking being beaten and kidnapped to promote her OnlyFans account.
In the video, Masika appears in lingerie with several cuts, scrapes, and bruises all over her body. At that point, she strangely asks for money, saying, “They said you guys have to leave me tips and follow me so they can take the money or they’re not gonna let me go.”
Masika deleted the first video and posted a second one where she claimed the “shock factor” was necessary to raise awareness for child sex trafficking. In the clip, she made reference to the R.O.S.E. Organization and proceeds to go to it from her stunt.
But, the founder of the Org. claimed she is not involved and says they will reject any donations from Maskia.
“I will not and my organization will not be accepting donations from OnlyFans. That video triggered a lot of people and people asked me if I’m partnering with her, no, R.O.S.E is mine. It kind of pissed me off because this is my life’s work,” she said.
We spoke to a representative for Masika, so far no comment.