Renowned pole dancer Anastasia Sokolova has recently come out with a video denouncing the platform Pole Press for stealing her course, which was several years worth of work providing her knowledge of pole dancing to the community. She attempted to partner with several people to help produce the course before she met Pole Press and partnered with the owner, Justin Harvey.
Anastasia claimed that Justin had become aggressive and demanding in conversations with her after the course was released, and later began spending money that she had not authorized for the marketing of the course.
Anastasia continued, stating he changed the logins to the course website and removed her payment information from the course, so she no longer receives any payment from students participating in her course.
She realized that he had changed the passwords and payment information once she began receiving comments and praise by students who had enrolled in the course, but no portion of the money they paid had gone to her.
Pole Press originally started as a social media platform for pole dancers but branched out into producing courses as activity on the platform died down. The owner has recently begun running ads for the Cirque du Soleil artist, Tara Meyer.
Pole Press has reached out to us to provide a statement that Anastasia’s video is false, denying her accusations and supplying the post below.
We have asked both parties for further evidence to support either side, and have not heard a reply yet from Pole Press.
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To the global pole community: . Pole Press has recently been targeted by a crude and shameless marketing campaign. . We unequivocally reject that campaign for what it is: lies, disinformation, and nonsense. . We will never resort to dishonesty or emotional manipulation in our advertising. . We will never try to make a quick buck by lying to you. . We will never give in to bullying or extortion. . We will always protect our artists from those who threaten their livelihoods. . We will continue our mission to elevate Pole to a more principled and professional plane, and we welcome all kindred spirits in this effort. . We promise to keep working hard for the pole community, doing our best to build what the talented athletes, artists, instructors, entrepreneurs, and fans of Pole deserve. . - The PolePress Team 🖤 . . . #pole #poledance #polesport #polefitness #poleart #polefit #poledancing #polelove #polecommunity #polefriends
Anastasia has provided some evidence already on her Instagram account from a week ago, including a select few text conversations between her and Justin. This post is available below (swipe right). She has been advised by a third-party to stop posting for now.
We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.
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He didn’t realise that he hurt my soul.. 😣 My pole dance career is a deal of my life.. It’s me, my heart is there..♥️ And one person steals my creation, my school, and earn money on it?😖 Justin Harvey , polepress !!! I will never forgive this to him. I was waiting too long and hope that he will realise what he is doing...😓 I was telling to him, that if he will not stop, I will make a post on Instagram and tell to everyone, who is he, and what he doing to me! 😡 His answer was- then I will delete your Instagram. He pushed me to promote my course, at the moment when he changed all passwords, put me off from my website, blocked my SokolovaBrand website, Sokolovapolecamp...and continued to steal the money.. He stolen my Facebook pages Anastasia Sokolova and Sokolova Brand..!!!😖😖😖 I had a big fight to return them! I warned him!😖 And he didn’t care...! So now, with help of my dear people, my friends, we put him on the place, where people like he should to be!