One woman shared her story of relapsing after a man paid her $25,000 for alcohol under the guise of a business relationship.
In a TikTok posted on October 18, actress Sarah Pribis (@sarahpribis) opened up about how a seemingly innocent fundraiser went sideways. She is involved with a charity that has asked her to auction off lunch with her as a donation prize when she is hosting HQ Trivia, which is her mobile trivia game. She explained that it was gone. She agreed and went on a lunch date with the highest bidder.
She described the bidder as a “much older man” who worked in another industry but was clearly wealthy and identified himself as interested in “funding the arts.”
“Well, I thought so too,” Privis added.
I hope this helps someone
Ms Pribis said she continued to meet regularly with the man as he hired her to research a show pitched as a potential investment project.
“Looking back, I think it was all just a lie,” she says. “But I wanted to believe that she wasn’t just having lunch with a stranger for money, that she was actually working for him.”
But Privis says there were red flags from the beginning. They always met in a private room at a restaurant, and he always ordered an expensive bottle of wine and insisted that it be poured into a glass for Pribis. She said she had openly told the man about her alcoholism, but he refused, saying he “didn’t believe” her and said the glass of wine was “just in case.” .
“Again, there were red flags. I should have listened to my instincts,” Pribis says. “But all I could focus on was the fact that he was so interested.” [potentially financing] some of my projects. ”
Things changed when the man finally agreed to fund one of Pribis’ projects and offered to give her a check for $25,000. What are the regulations? He asked her to share a glass of wine with him in exchange for her money.
Pribis expected that after just a few sips, she would be able to stop drinking and return to sobriety. Partly she succeeded in this, and she remained sober for several months afterwards.
However, the secret of how he obtained the money has been haunting him and weighing heavily on him. Unable to sleep, she began taking Benadryl every night, and soon began abusing prescription drugs such as Klonopin and Ativan.
“That’s when I thought, oh, I’m having a relapse, so I might as well give it my all,” Pribis says.
Ms Pribis shared that this led to a “very brutal relapse” that lasted about a year, which she described as one of the darkest times of her life. Thankfully, she was eventually able to recover.
“I’m so grateful to be clean and to be clean again,” she says. “There are a lot of people who can’t go back.”
At the end of the video, Pribis said that the show is still in development and that they are working hard on it. She ends her video with the warning, “Not all money is good money.”
Commenters were shocked by what many women called an abuse of power. entertainment industry I know it all too well.
“Yes they are paying you but how much is it costing you,” one user wrote.
“Living in Hollywood, you’re often asked to pay a lot of money to compromise yourself and it’s scary,” said another.
Many commenters praised Pribis’ vulnerability and openness in sharing his story.
Another user wrote: “I can’t believe I’m back fighting.” “I hope that someone who believes in you as a person and as an artist will fund your next project.”
“Your vulnerability is a roadmap for others who are struggling,” said one user.
The Daily Dot reached out to Pribis via email.
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*First published: October 31, 2023, 6:51pm CDT
V Roth is a writer and editor from Tulsa, Oklahoma. His work has been featured in Them, Insider, and Cashmere magazines.