“At the time the Demi situation happened, I was in a relationship. I also don’t have a track record of cheating on partners, going behind peoples back, etc.,” he wrote. “The conversation with Demi, however cringey, was not an attempt to get her in bed. It was not an attempt to sexually manipulate her. It was me having a ‘hey that’s crazy’ conversation with someone who a couple weeks earlier said on her podcast she thought I hated her.”
He ended his thoughts about the situation by confessing he’s “very glad she finally confronted me,” because he now wants to learn from the experience—”not only about individual interactions with females, but also this power dynamic that she brought to light. I don’t want to operate that way.” He added, “And to my knowledge, I have never tried to wield any power over someone to manipulate them.”
In another section of his statement, Steve addressed criticism he received from Kristina, who was a contestant on Nick Viall‘s season of The Bachelor.