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Esfand & other WoW streamers quit Method following sexual abuse scandal

Published: 26/Jun/2020 19:31

by Theo Salaun

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An exodus of partnered streamers and staff has begun, following the Method esports organization’s mishandling of a series of sexual harassment and abuse allegations.

Method has officially cut ties with MethodJosh, a World of Warcraft streamer, and placed their Co-CEO, Sascha Steffens, on unpaid administrative leave. But it’s too little and far too late, as the organization’s biggest streamers and some staff have decided to sever relationships over the org’s prolonged inaction, despite allegedly knowing of gross misconduct for years.

 

Method’s most popular content creator, Esfand, has been joined in leaving the brand by fellow streamers djarii, FloppyAdult, pandatv, Ziqo, Payo, MartinCreek, Ellesmere, Tips Out, Snowmixy and Graycen. Of employees, auxidental has resigned from his business development role and so has social media manager, Shana ‘darrie’ Sarr, who has been implicated in the organization’s negligence herself.

While not fully committed to a contract termination, streamers Whaazz, Naowh and Zizaran have all removed any Method branding from their social media. 

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An alleged email from then-general manager Darrie dismisses accusations and suggests they be raised with the police instead.

Multiple women, including underage girls, have come forth recently to publicly speak out about Josh’s behavior. This follows a February 2019 Kotaku article that discussed his manipulation of underage girls and a June 2019 permanent ban of his Twitch channel by the app for unspecified reasons. 

As for Steffens, he has been accused by former Method streamer AnnieFuchsia of sexual harassment and abusing his power to manipulate, gaslight and eventually blacklist her. 

As seen in Darrie’s email response to someone raising concerns over Josh’s behavior, which was similar to the org’s stance with AnnieFuchsia, Method appears to shut down allegations as a nuanced matter of “he said, she said” without taking any actions against the accused nor mounting any further investigation.

 

While no full statement has been released about Steffens, the org’s statement on Josh reiterates that the brand’s initial response to accusations against their affiliates is to “strongly encourage you to contact the police and make a report, so that a thorough – and proper – investigation can occur.”

They also clarify the consensus that the organization knew about the “extent of Josh’s behavior” is “categorically untrue and sickening to read.”

Considering the mounting evidence in years of screenshots provided by numerous victims, the brand’s content creators appear unswayed by this deflection and believe the years of inaction belie an unethical organizational character.

 

As expressed by pandatv in his response, “there were a lot of decisions made behind the scene that morally I cannot stand behind.” 

While many of these “decisions” have yet to come to light, one must imagine that more will surface over the coming weeks—possibly in court, as Steffens allegedly told AnnieFuchsia he may need to take “legal action” because of her “messing with [his] reputation.” 

For now, Method is dealing with an exodus of their most popular creators and has indicated that they are focused on “overhauling our internal policies.”

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TikTok Star Zoe Laverne admits she “caught feelings” for underage fan

Published: 29/Oct/2020 12:10

by Alice Hearing

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TikToker Zoe Laverne has spoken out after facing a huge backlash from multiple leaked videos showing her allegedly kissing an underage fan.

Earlier this week a video surfaced online showing 19-year-old Zoe and a 13-year-old called Connor exchanging a kiss, confirming previous accusations from ex-boyfriend Cody Orlove and Amber VanPelt.

In the days before, leaked Instagram messages showed that Cody and Amber raised concerns over “very intense” interactions with Connor. Zoe had previously denied allegations of a relationship with an underage influencer.

Despite leaving Instagram in September following a lip-syncing controversy, Zoe appears to have created, and now runs, a fandom Instagram account called “zlpfandom2.0.” Shortly after the videos leaked, she explained via the account that she would be taking a break from social media, but did not address the issue.

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Zoe explained that she and Connor have separated

Her mom, however, did come online to share her thoughts and defended Zoe’s relationship with Connor, saying “Anybody can reach over and kiss somebody. They’re best friends.”

On October 28, Zoe finally addressed the videos on the fandom Instagram account.  She wrote, “I would like to say I am aware of what was leaked.. but Connor was not raped, etc. Connor and I kissed yes.. never had a relationship but we did catch feelings for each other after being so close. These videos were from months ago and we both realized it was wrong and we both cut it off.”

 

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She explained that she understood the ramifications of her actions, adding, “before anything was leaked I did tell his mom we kissed. She wasn’t happy obviously but she understood that we are both teenagers and that feelings can be caught.

“I am aware that I am an adult and I am aware that I have done something wrong and I am very sorry for what I have done. Connor and I will [livestream] together as soon as this all calms down and explain ourselves.”

She also confirmed that the situation has been settled and the two have separated. “Connor and I have had no communication for 3 days now. We are still friends but we think it’s best to stop talking and work on each other’s mental health and spend time with our families”

Despite the very serious controversy, Zoe’s TikTok account continues to grow above 17 million followers.