An actual reporter did some investigating into the Zola Story and found out the real truth.

An actual reporter did some investigating into the Zola Story and found out the real truth.
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An actual reporter who writes for a real publication did some thorough journalistic investigating into the Zola Story and found out which parts of it were true. In a piece for The Washington Post, Caitlin Dewey talked to some of the parties involved, in addition to police officers and friends, to get the real-life scoop on that fated weekend in Florida. She discovered that that most of Zola's original telling of the story was true, with a few key exceptions. Here's a summary of her findings:

  • Z's real name is Akporode Uwedjojevwe, and he goes by "Rudy Uwedjo." This is his mugshot:
  • Jess claims that she never prostituted herself, but was only dancing (although her Backpage listing was unearthed).
  • Jess denies that Z took all of the money they made over the weekend for himself.
  • No shooting took place. There was a violent customer, like Zola claimed, but Rudy just called the police on him.
  • Jarrett never tried to commit suicide, although his relationship with Jess was fraught.
  • Rudy wasn't arrested for murder, but charged with "sexual assault, battery, two counts of trafficking, and two counts of attempted pandering with threat of physical force."
  • Rudy had forced other women into prostitution, and once raped someone when they refused.
  • Jess defends Rudy and thinks he's innocent.
  • This is Jarrett's Twitter account, where he's given his version of the events.
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Expect another piece in a day or two with more discoveries, refutations, fake Twitter accounts, etc. 

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