Homophobic man fired from high-profile job after ID’d in disturbing social media video

Jano le Roux

A CEO reportedly questioned a male teen attending prom why he was wearing a dress before calling him names and asking him if he felt like an “idiot.”

On Saturday night, the CEO of a Tennessee telemedicine firm was captured on tape reportedly bullying a teenage boy who wore a dress to prom, calling him an “idiot.”

CEO harasses teenage boy for wearing a dress at prom.Credit: TikTok @jacobgeittmann2

The allegations were refuted by VisuWell’s CEO, Sam Johnson.

The CEO of a medical company who insulted a teen who was dressed up for prom has lost his job.

Dalton Stevens, an 18-year-old high school student, told NBC News on Monday that he wore a dress to his suburban high school dance to demonstrate that “clothing is really genderless” and “that it has no meaning.”

Stevens claims that he was taking photos with his boyfriend Jacob Geitmann when they found a guy being “homophobic.” Johnson then addressed the two and inquired as to why Stevens was dressed up.

“I think I look good in it and that I really like the dress and I want to show that clothing is genderless,” Stevens reacted. “And I explained that to him and he continued to just call me names and just follow me.”

Johnson reportedly informed Stevens that he has “hair on your chest, you shouldn’t be wearing a dress,” in addition to criticizing the dress.

During the altercation, Geitmann pulled out his phone and started filming the situation. During the brawl, Johnson has questioned whether Stevens looked “disgusting,” to which he replied that he did.

As the video progresses, Johnson sees Getimann’s phone and tries to smack it out of his grip, but instead hits Stevens.

And according to Franklin Police Lt. Charles Warner, officers reported to the hotel where he “denied any involvement in a confrontation.” Officers then informed the guy that he needed to pay his bill at the hotel restaurant and then depart, as directed by hotel management.

Police aren’t examining the event and no one but hotel managers reported it, but if the pair “wants to continue this matter further, the Department will investigate and assist them with all applicable steps,” as per Warner.

Johnson has vehemently refuted any of the charges leveled against him.

“We had just sat down for dinner at this restaurant that we frequent, and I was returning from the restroom when I was presented with their loud cursing,” Johnson told reporters at Newsweek. “Making it about the dress was their idea and they edited out most of the exchange.”

VisuWell posted this statement on their website:

“We unequivocally condemn the behavior exhibited by Sam Johnson in a recent video widely circulated on social media. After investigating the matter and speaking to individuals involved, the VisuWell Board of Directors has chosen to terminate Mr. Johnson from his position as CEO, effective immediately. Gerry Andrady, our President and COO, will lead the company through this important time.
VisuWell’s culture emphasizes respect, kindness, and compassion, especially for those from traditionally marginalized communities, and we maintain a zero-tolerance policy for intolerance of any kind. Mr. Johnson’s actions contradicted the high standards we set for ourselves in promoting the health of those who use our platform.
We share the concerns that so many have expressed on this matter and look forward to announcing concrete steps we are taking in support of the LGBTQ community in particular over the coming weeks.”

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