There is no excuse for this, as far as I was aware all of Tom's videos for DG.com were 100% legit and I take a lot of pride from the fact that what we do is real. It's not always the most exciting stuff to watch but we're showing you what solid, successful pickup actually looks like.
I have spent a lot of time with Tom and I've seen him in action. He is very capable of getting a kiss close without needing to resort to this so I don't understand why he would go to such lengths. Personally I don't believe that anything else that he has done is fake but obviously this scandal will damage his reputation. As I've said I've spent a lot of time with him and I've winged with him and he is more than capable of getting these results without having to stage anything.
As I worked closely with Tom and by association may be implicated by this I would like to say 100% categorically that no video I have ever made is staged. All of my pickup videos, including the kiss close are real and I would never bother to stage anything because I don't need to. Acting something like that out would actually be more contrived and complicated than just doing it for real.