Brian Presley and Melissa Stetten
Angela Weiss/Getty; Courtesy Melissa Stetten
Model Melissa Stetten did more than just make idle conversation with her seatmate during a recent L.A. to New York redeye flight: She live-Tweeted
what she painted to be a major (and drunken) flirtation at 30,000 feet.
One wrinkle, though: the guy, later identified
as soap actor Brian Presley, is married with kids. And he says he's sober.
Throughout her series of Tweets, Stetten offered colorful commentary for her thousands of followers as she seemingly rejected his advances.
"No thanks, Brian, the actor sitting next to me on this flight talking about his role with Kurt Russell and his spiritual beliefs," she wrote early into their conversation.
Later, she continued, "Brian is now talking about how he is an artist and believes everything happens for a reason, like how we're brought together on this flight."
According to Stetten's Twitter telling, when she noticed he was wearing a wedding ring and asked about it, Presley allegedly responded that he "just wears the ring because he likes it," and that he was engaged to an actress but it didn't work out.
He later went to the bathroom and removed the ring mid-flight, according to her Tweets. Stetten also reported that Presley "was wasted" after consuming three beers on the flight.
But that's just her side of the story.
On Friday, Presley posted a note to his Facebook page
denying the entire alleged incident.
He wrote: "I took a red eye flight to NY, had a 10 minute friendly conversation with the person sitting next to me, had some food, and went to sleep!"
He continued: "I learned today this person has been tweeting about me drinking beer in the airplane bathroom, and trying to commit adultery with her on the airplane. Really absurd and quite funny!"
"None of what this person said happened is true," he wrote. "I guess in today's age you have to be careful who you say hello too. Sobriety, God, & My Family are the most important things in my life!"
Regardless, Stetten's feed had already gone viral – and she gained more than 12,000 followers thanks to her in-flight narration.
Among her final Tweets on the subject?
"Did I just ruin Brian Presley's life via Twitter?"