michael Dakessian – better known for FBoy Island fans like “Mikey D” – made a strong impression during his three episodes of the show before being eliminated and revealing that he was an “FBoy”. However, his ex-girlfriend is stunned that he made it to the show, even after she reportedly alerted multiple casting reps to the complaint she filed against him with the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney last year.
Kimberly Noel – who asked The Daily Beast to withhold her full name – says Dakessian was initially “very charming, very sweet.” Noel, a publicist with quite the Instagram following, first spotted Dakessian on TikTok. She reached out to him around the fall of 2020, she says, to recruit him as a potential client.
Dakessian initially wanted to date, Noel claims, but four or five weeks after they started dating, he suggested working together. It started off well, but Noel remembers that eventually Dakessian’s “true colors came out.” He reportedly demanded that they keep their relationship a secret, but also insisted that Noel take him to her high-profile clients’ events. His main obsession was apparently the cast of Jersey Shore, but his main goal, Noel claims, was to be cast on reality television.
“He kept pushing,” Noel told The Daily Beast. “Saying, ‘You need to get me on a reality show.’ Like, demanding.”
Ultimately, Noel says his behavior became so extreme that she was concerned about her physical safety. The ADA filed charges last fall for aggravated second-degree harassment and Noel was given a temporary protective order. (The Daily Beast has reviewed a copy of the protective order, as well as Noel’s statement to the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney’s Office.)
Shortly after Noel filed her complaint, she proactively contacted three professionals who allegedly interviewed Dakessian for FBoy Island to point out her claims. The dating show finds three single women on an island with about two dozen men – half of them “Nice Guys” and the rest self-proclaimed “FBoys”. When the boys are eliminated, they retreat to the “Nice Guy Grotto” or “Limbro”, where they continue to appear throughout the season. Dakessian retired to Limbro after the first series of episodes debuted in July, but has returned regularly throughout the season for short jokes. (Dakessian did not respond to requests for comment; HBO did not comment prior to publication.)
Noel reached out to three casting reps that she said she added on Instagram after interviewing him for the show.
In screenshots Noel shared with The Daily Beast from last October, she warns that Dakessian is a liability and is “obsessed with fame and celebrities,” and that “every time I would take him to one of my celebrity clients, he’s very uncomfortable and I have been told not to bring him near them.”
The messages captured on the screen indicate that the recipients each sent a short thank you note; one said they would pass the information on to their team. Weeks later, Noel appears to have each sent a copy of her statement to the ADA regarding the harassment allegations. One of the casting professionals said they had switched from FBoy Island but would pass on the information. Noel says she never heard back.
Noel recalls getting multiple reality TV auditions for Dakessian, eventually landing him a gig at a company owned by Jersey Shore‘s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino – as a brand ambassador for the MTV star’s “Brotrition” supplements, but that “it just was never enough.”
Dakessian reportedly became frustrated when Sorrentino never contacted him. “Then he moved on to the next person,” says Noel. (Sorrentino representatives did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.)
After four or five months, Dakessian’s demands for exposure reportedly became aggressive. “He’d lay his hands on me and say, ‘If you don’t do this, I’m going to ‘out’ you and say you’re sexually harassing me,” recalls Noel. She and Dakessian would have split up in September 2021.
Weeks after the breakup, Dakessian reportedly showed up for the bookings of one of Noel’s celebrity clients and told security he was her boyfriend. “He waited outside for me to leave and tried to physically get my hands on me again,” she says. (The Daily Beast reviewed an incident report from last fall, after Noel said she called police from the scene of that alleged altercation; it mentions Dakessian by name.) Noel was prevented from including the physical allegations from the statement that she would have given later. to the ADA, she said, because police had refused to continue the incident as Dakessian had left the scene.
“He’d lay his hands on me and say, ‘If you don’t do this, I’m going to go ‘out’ and say you’re sexually harassing me.”
After the face-to-face confrontation, Noel says Dakessian began making verbal threats on TikTok. At that time, the ADA filed a complaint for aggravated second-degree harassment.
In the statement reviewed by Daily Beast, Noel cites a live stream in which Dakessian reportedly said he planned to “take down his ex-manager”. Her statement makes no mention of the physical altercation from weeks before, she said, as police had refused to continue the incident.
Noel shared the temporary protection she received with The Daily Beast. The document runs through January 2023 and was filed as a condition of dismissal from the case — meaning that as long as Dakessian obeys the order, Dakessian will have received what she considers a “slap on the wrist.”
And now “Mikey D” has made his first splash on reality television, despite her accusations.
In addition to sharing her “side of the story,” Noel said she hopes her experience will help protect other women.
“I just don’t want another girl to go through what I went through,” she says. “He’s being put on a whole platform…I’m just really scared of other girls he’s hanging out with right now.”