Our statement on Santino Hassell: https://t.co/YWexSenCyk— Riptide Publishing (@RiptideBooks) March 8, 2018
- You can read about the whole saga HERE. (do it tbh it's too messy to be covered by my tl;dr summary)
- tl;dr version: Santino Hassell is a well known M/M romance author who claimed to be a bisexual single dad with a difficult past and medical issues, for which he received donations from people. Allegations have come out that Santino Hassell might actually be a persona created by married couple Alicia Torres and Marvin Hassell (with Alicia being the author and her husband posing for the author's photos) who have no medical problems. More people are coming out with allegations of gaslighting and bullying committed by the author, who has been dropped by their publishing house and agent.
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