A Taylor Swift lookalike has claimed she was invited to the Grammys – only to be uninvited when she landed in Los Angeles ahead of the ceremony.
Ashley Leechin (@noitisashley13) who looks suspiciously like the “Anti-Hero” singer revealed to her 1.1 million TikTok followers on Jan. 31 announced that she’s “partnered with the Grammy’s.”
“I’m going this Sunday…It’s going to be an amazing night for music,” she said in a video, which also posted a separate preview of the dress she planned to wear to the prestigious musical event.
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However, in another video, Leechin stitched her announcement video together with a clip of herself sad next to her luggage with the caption, “It’s Hollywood…it happens all the time,” they said. … well, I just landed in LA but OKAY.
Leechin provided more details in a TikTok follow-up to audio of a man asking “What’s your biggest fear?” in which she writes:
“Being invited to the Grammys as one of the few chosen to walk the red carpet [two] weeks before I was told to make a video to say I’m “partnering with the Grammys” by a deadline specified in the contract, spending [$2,000] on a dress, clothes, housing, child care, etc. … land in Los Angeles and be told (as I ride) that there are no more tickets and I won’t be able to attend.”
“I thought I had been scammed by a man who had [an] the obsession with Taylor Swift was wrong but…this…is the cake,” she added in the caption.
This led others to speculate as to what happened, with some believing that Leechin had been “scammed” or that she was a “pathological liar”.
Jacey Gibbs (@jacygibbs) shared her thoughts, and in the video which has 245,000 views, she said, “So we all agree that she was never going, right? not ? It was either two things, neither of which is better.
“It’s either she never went, and it was a scam, or she went and Taylor Nation was like, ‘Never mind. “”
In a bid to dispel speculation, Leechin posted a series of videos where she explained that Sweety High contacted her on January 18 via Instagram and spoke to a woman at the company on the phone the next day.
Leechin said she was asked if she would be interested in partnering with the Grammys, but told the influencer she would need to cover her flight and accommodation costs.
“[Sweety High] told me explicitly that no flights were going to be paid for, that my accommodation had to be paid for and that they promised no compensation, ”she explained.
In the second part of her explanation, Leechin added that an “initial contract” had been sent, detailing the amount of content she would be required to produce from the event.
To which Leechin then sent her own memo in which she asked for someone to walk her down the red carpet, but said she “never got a response.”
“I was very adamant that I needed someone to walk the red carpet with me to feel comfortable, and they refused to let me,” she explained.
Although she noted that she and Swift had different eye colors, Leechin said, “I wanted to protect myself, so I made this memo to make sure no press, no videos, no photo would be wrong and have Taylor Swift’s name on it.”
Leechin then shows another email in which the company confirmed that an “employee would be there to help” and so Leechin flew to Los Angeles ahead of the event.
But when she landed, she soon discovered she was out of tickets and claimed an employee at Sweety High, “wanted to give [her] a lot of money.”
“It was not a question of money for me. It was more about experience,” Leechin explained and said she reached out to the Grammy’s CEO as well.
“After [a Sweety High employee] I found out that I had contacted the CEO, she got very, very angry and tried to offer more money to shut me up.
She added: “I have also since learned that the contract is not binding.”
Indy100 has reached out to Leechin, Sweety High and the Recording Academy for comment.
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