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Deji responds to underage grooming allegations against Twitch mod

Published: 28/Nov/2019 1:39 Updated: 28/Nov/2019 1:40

by Andrew Amos

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Popular YouTuber Deji Olatunji has responded to underage grooming allegations levelled against one of his Twitch and Discord moderators, saying that the person has been reported to police.

Deji, who streams on Twitch under the alias of ‘comedyshortsgamer’, revealed that one of his mods had allegedly been abusing their position of power to solicit sexual pictures from underage fans of the Youtuber.

The moderator, who goes by the name ‘BamJake’, was a long-standing member of Deji’s community on Twitch and Discord. In a video titled “I have some bad news,” Deji laid out the situation to his fans, and spoke out against the mod’s actions.

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“It has come to my attention that he has been grooming young boys and asking young boys for pictures like nude pictures,” he said. “BamJake was 20, and all the boys are under the age of 16. ”

BamJake has been around Deji’s Twitch streams for months, helping him build a bigger presence on the platform.

“One time I was live streaming on Twitch and someone came in, his name was BamJake,” he said. “I thought he was a chill dude, he was funny as hell, trolly as well — it was a good time, and I thought he was an alright guy.

“I made him a mod on my stream, not seeing any big deal about it. He even made me a Discord server, which looking back on it, he was very adamant about the Discord server.”

Deji alleges BamJake used his position of power to groom more than ten children, under the age of 16, to send him sexual images.

“10+ boys have come out saying they have been groomed by BamJake, [and] it’s just disgusting really,” he said. “I put trust into this guy and it turns out that he’s like this.

“He was begging for nudes, and that’s just really disgusting in my opinion, it’s just gross.”

The YouTube personality, who has almost 10 million subscribers and 2 million Twitter followers, shared some of the messages sent by BamJake to the children. He said the victims were “very brave for coming forward,” saying it’s not their fault.

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“It’s not [the victims’] fault,” he said. “I understand because they didn’t see the severity of it, they were just like “oh, he’s going to give me money if I do this,” so they obviously didn’t understand how severe it is.”

Deji has apologised to his fanbase, saying that he misplaced his trust and that many of his other moderators warned him about BamJake’s behavior.  

“I just want to say sorry,” he said. “Sorry for putting trust into this guy, and I’m sorry to the other boys who have had issues with BamJake. 

“I’m an optimist, I was seeing that maybe he’s alright, but clearly not. I thought I was a good judge of character, but obviously I’m not.”

YouTube: DejiDeji has apologised to the victims, saying he misplaced his trust in the moderator.

Deji mentioned that the police have gotten involved, and an investigation into the accusations is on-going.

“The police are already dealing with the situation,” he said. “I’m happy that the police are getting involved because this is sick.”

He also urged other victims of the sexual harassment to come forward and report their experiences to the police.

“If this is happening to you, please come forward,” he said. “Don’t be shy, don’t be scared, just come forward. The only way you are going to get help is if you come forward, so don’t be afraid to come forward.”


 

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TikTokers Lexi Rivera and Ben Azelart explain why they broke up

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:31

by Alice Hearing

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Internet personalities Lexi Rivera and Ben Azelart have explained why they broke up after three years together, in an emotional video posted to YouTube.

Lexi Rivera is known in association with her brother Brent who is one of TikTok’s biggest creators with 35 million followers, while Lexi herself has more than 14 million followers on the app. The siblings also have a combined 19.5 million subscribers on YouTube.

Ben Azelart is also heavily associated with the siblings and has himself built up a huge following of 11 million followers on TikTok. But fans were devastated to find out this week that the duo were no longer a couple.

Lexi and Ben posted a video explaining why, saying that they thought they owed their fans the truth. Lexi said: “I have so much respect for Ben and he’s like literally one of the best people I’ve ever met in my entire life.” Ben responded, “I mean the same goes for me, Lexi is one of the nicest, sweetest, funniest people I’ve ever met.”

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Lexi and Ben dated for three years

Addressing their viewers, Lexi explained why it took so long for them to officially break the news: “I know that it’s been super confusing for you guys and that is because it’s been just as confusing for us we’ve been very just on and off again and I don’t think we were really sure what we wanted to do until now.

“Having a relationship is one thing, but having a relationship online is a completely different story and it was very confusing for us. Honestly, it wasn’t easy being young like we were 15 and 16.

Lexi went on to say that the relationship no longer made them both happy. “We both had so much fun doing it, but I think as years went on it just became a little too complicated…I think what was hard is we want to make you guys happy as well as make ourselves happy.

“Ultimately we just didn’t do both and I think what’s most important was focusing on ourselves for now.”

Lexi and Ben finished by saying that they’re not parting ways forever and that they both felt it was just the wrong time to be together.