It was Wednesday, April 18, that we reported on a fatal car crash involving Drag Race Season 8 alum Robbie Turner. The Seattle-based queen took to Twitter to say his Uber home from a gig had been hit by a drunk driver. He had made it out fairly unscathed, but his driver wasn’t so lucky.
Last night on my way home my Uber was struck by a drunk driver. I closed my eyes briefly & it happened. I heard it, but hit my head & it was over. They ran tests at the hospital, but outside of my shoulder feeling jammed & my right eye hurting, I only have a bruise. Grateful.
— Robbie Turner (@TheRobbieTurner) April 15, 2018
Then the speculation about the Robbie Turner car crash began.
The very next day it turned out that authorities were unable to corroborate Turner’s story. Seattle Gay Scene sought a response from official sources and spoke with a Seattle Police Department spokesman who said, “I am not aware of anything like that occurring, nor are any of my colleagues aware of this accident.”
We at Hornet reached out to Turner’s publicist for comment on the incident, but the queen nor his people responded to any outlets’ request for comment. The days after were filled with speculation about what really happened, and many fellow Drag Race alums took to social media to criticize Turner himself.
People felt hoodwinked by the Robbie Turner car crash, a lie.
Well now Turner has broken his silence, granting Entertainment Weekly an exclusive interview in which he shares his side of the story more than a week on. After reading his new play-by-play, we have to say, something is still fishy.
Last night on my way home my Uber was struck by a drunk driver. I had closed my eyes briefly because I was exhausted after a week of shows, then it happened. No screeching of tires. No gasp from my driver. Just silence followed by me opening my eyes in an ambulance. – – I heard the collision for a second, but quickly hit my head & it was over. The driver did not survive upon impact as I was told. They ran tests on me at the hospital, but outside of my shoulder feeling jammed & my right eye hurting, I only have a bruise. Grateful that it wasn’t worse for me, but very sore and stiff today. – – Oddly enough I was looking at this photo shoot I had done with @gabrielgastelum before I entered the car thinking about how many more ideas I have and want to show the world. – – Wear a seatbelt. I did. It changed what could have been a very different post. Thank you for all the kind notes I have already received. – – Be kind to everyone, even when it’s difficult. You have no clue what could happen or what someone is going through. #LoveIsMyReligion
The Robbie Turner car crash story now involves being slipped drugs, slipping in a shower, scheduling social media posts in advance, unexplained bruises and “a very vivid and ridiculous dream.”
We’re not buying it.
The entire Entertainment Weekly interview is a lengthy one, and we won’t share it in its entirety, but here are some choice parts:
I woke up with bruises on my body, and I woke up with a headache, so my initial reaction was I thought I had a concussion. I was worried because I was alone… I wasn’t going to be seeing anyone for a few days. I usually try to rest and sit still after a weekend of shows. And I more or less woke up worried that I had a concussion, [so I] made a scheduled post for when people would be waking up Sunday morning… I was already falling asleep and was panicking… I did wake up with very large bruises and a headache, and I’ve always had this irrational fear of concussions.
After days of poking around and sleuthing to figure out everything I had gone through, days later I saw footage of me coming home, getting out of a car, and getting into my apartment okay. What [I] think happened is that I was slipped something [in my drink], because I didn’t drink that much that night, and [that I] slipped and fell in the shower. The hat I was wearing is completely bent and gross, so we think I hit my head in the shower, got out of makeup, went to bed, and had a very vivid and ridiculous dream.
No, I didn’t [attempt to contact the authorities], because when I woke up I thought that I had already been to the emergency room. I had a very vivid recollection of being in an emergency room talking with them and a girl trying to calm me down and whatnot, because I still had my drag face on, but not the body and the costume, and I remember her trying to calm me down and telling me that it was going to be okay… and I remember hearing other things from other parts of the hospital, so I woke up honestly thinking that I’d already been seen and that I was home and I was panicked that they released me though I might be having a concussion.
Not one of the girls that you mentioned [Trixie Mattel, Raja, Kim Chi, Bianca Del Rio] reached out to me once, so I’m not completely surprised that those are the types who said something because they’re trying to remain current, and talking about somebody else’s drama gives them material, I guess. I’ve just never been that person because I don’t see the point of kicking people who are down because it’s an unfair advantage.
Read the Robbie Turner car crash interview in its entirety here.