By Erin K. Costello
On September 7, 2020 KJ uploaded a video to her YouTube channel, Without A Crystal Ball, titled, The Night That Changed My Life Forever - No one Believed Me. I listened to her story and I felt badly for Katie. I doubted none of her story and I had no reason to, until she did what Katie usually does, she went too far.
Much of the three videos she uploaded; the one mentioned above, Thank You For Helping Me Use My Voice, and Weeks Like This, were uploaded within days from each other. Katie told her story in most of these, but also made some shocking accusations against a police officer at St. Louis Park, MN PD. She claimed this detective, Mike, called her a liar, jealous, looking for vengeance, a slut, and that there was no way the man Katie accused, Nick, could have done this because he came from a good family.
Upon hearing this, I decided to write an email to the police department regarding Katie’s claims she made in the middle of September. I mean, she herself tagged the department on Twitter so maybe this time my sending an email won’t upset her so much? I wrote the department because I thought if Katie was telling the truth, the department should know, and if Katie was lying, the department should know. I took screen shots of all her Instagram posts, Facebook posts, tweets, and downloaded the videos where she made these accusations against this officer. I put them all in a Google Drive, and sent the link with the email. Unlike the email I sent to Hammer Heart Brewing though, this one received a response.
Since then, I learned the dept considered taking legal action against Katie because the claims she was making against this officer were false. However, since the drama from this whole ordeal died out about as fast as it appeared, the dept didn’t see much point in drawing more attention to her false allegations, so they left it alone.
I felt and feel bad for this officer who has to deal with Katie’s lies about him when all he did was investigate her claims. And though initially this did upset me, what has me really upset now is the realization that Katie was proudly making these false claims on her “large platform” and this time was naming the officer and the department. Victims of sexual assault already fear reporting their assault for a myriad of reasons. However, now, in St. Louis Park, MN, sexual assault victims may have a new reason to fear reporting their attack. They may now have the fear of being treated the same way Katie alleges she was treated by law enforcement. Katie has proudly stated that many in her community have heard her story, it’s highly likely that her story will scare victims into not reporting their assault. This WILL harm the victims, this will harm the community, this will lead to assailants not being named, and will lead to assailants being able to harm more people in this community. Katie and her lies are now potentially creating more victims in her local area. This is what led to there being a records request.
I want to stress here that these records don’t necessarily prove anything about her assault, one way or another. No matter what you think at the end of reading this, there is still the very good chance that Katie was in fact sexually assaulted. I think it’s just as likely that she was, as it is that she wasn’t. I am not going to share specifics about the assault either, at least no more than Katie herself has already shared with the public. But there are a lot of inconsistencies, and, well…...lies, leading up to events and following events. Lies between Katie’s different versions of events, and lies between what Katie has been telling people, and what Katie told law enforcement. I think being caught in many of these lies is why she’s now decided to defame members of the police department. I’m going to cover the ones that I find most concerning. This will be in no particular order because I’m not really sure how to do that at this point.
In the Thank You For...video Katie says, “Harvey Weinstein didn’t get justice until people spoke out. Bill Cosby didn’t get justice until people spoke out, so, I’m just gonna follow their lead [laughter]. I’m done.”
Justice happened in both of those cases because there were dozens of victims who broke their silence and told their stories. Now, maybe the same thing will happen here, I don’t know. But so far, Katie is the only one accusing anyone, even the detective.
OK, ending this on a kind note, I realize, is redundant. But, whatever. First, let me again stress that I am not questioning if Katie was assaulted. I do believe something happened to her that night. Her lying about other parts of the night do not take away from that. Her lying about the police does not take away from this.
Lastly, one thing I can say with complete honesty is that either her parents think Katie is lying, or her parents are the biggest pieces of shit in the history of parents. In the Thank You For Helping…video Katie says,
“My mom and dad’s 40th wedding anniversary was 10 years ago, 11 years ago. No….yeah 11 years ago. And they wanted to go to Jax’s. It’s owned by his family. And I said I will only go if we know that he’s not there. So we had to contact them to ask if he wasn’t there. It’s the only time I’ve ever been there, and I will never go back. And I only went there because my family wanted to go there.”
Holy shit dude! Are you kidding me?! OK, when I was younger the son of a couple that my parents were friends with, and friends with for years, ended up looking for trouble at a party I threw and he got his ass kicked. He showed up asking to fight, so he got a fight, and he fought...poorly. He then sued my parents. This was a stupid fight between their kids and still, my parents never spoke to this family again. And...the mom made the BEST tomato pie in the city (it’s a Utica thing). I can only imagine what my parents would have done if faced with the family of a man who could have sexually assaulted me. I know one thing they’d never do though, and that’s spend their anniversary at the dude’s family’s restaurant, LET ALONE ask me to join them!
Katie, if you were in fact assaulted, and your parents did this, I am so sorry they did this to you. I can’t think of a more shitty thing for parents to put their child through. Even if everything you said were to be true, THIS RIGHT HERE is what would break my heart the most for you.To have parents that would give that family a fucking dime, or spend their special day at the family’s business, and then ask you to be there too?! Omg fuck that shit! THIS makes me want to cry. I’m sorry, but I almost hope they think you're lying because the thought of parents like that existing is fucking soul-crushing.
You know what? No, fuck that! Even if this wasn't true and your parents believed it wasn't true, even then they’d still be fucking assholes to do this and ask you to do this.
No matter what, you deserved better from your parents. I hope you know that.