French Investigation Accuses Four Popular YouTubers of Exploiting Young Fans for Sex and Sexual Harassment - Dexerto
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French Investigation Accuses Four Popular YouTubers of Exploiting Young Fans for Sex and Sexual Harassment

Published: 8/Aug/2018 17:02 Updated: 8/Aug/2018 18:48

by Calum Patterson

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The French YouTube scene has been rocked in recent days by a sexual abuse scandal, after the most subscribed French gaming YouTuber claimed some popular names were using their fame to have sex with young fans.

YouTuber ‘Squeezie’, who has over 11 million subscribers, posted on Twitter on August 6: ‘YouTubers who take advantage of the psychological vulnerability of young subscribers to get sex we see you’.

This sparked outrage and quickly spread on social media, with the hashtag #BalanceTonYoutubeur (denounce/snitch/accuse your YouTuber).

Squeezie did not name any names in his accusations, saying he did not want to be ‘hasty’, but following his Tweets, an investigation was published by Paris Newspaper Le Parisien.

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On Wednesday August 8, Le Parisien published their findings of an investigation they say started even before the statements of Squeezie, in which they have collected the testimony of some of the girls who claim to be victims of harassment by their favorite YouTuber.

Four YouTubers are put forward by Le Parisien: Wass Freestyle, 30, Anthox Colaboy, 29, Math Podcast, 21, and ‘From Human To God’, 29. Each of them is accused of making inappropriate advances toward at least one of their fans.

The testimonies collected by Le Parisien come from girls aged 14 to 16 at the time of the events. They all say they have evidence of being approached by one of these YouTubers (with the exception of ‘From Human To God’), either in real life or via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

With knowledge of their age, The YouTubers would then start making advances to them, sometimes asking for photos of their breasts or asking them outright if they could take them home.

The Parisian claims to have tried to contact all of these YouTubers but none of have responded to their requests. But of the four accused, one of them ‘From Human to God’, took to Twitter to defend himself against these accusations and deny that he was contacted by the newspaper.

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It should be noted, that ‘From Human to God’ is the only YouTuber for which Le Parisien provides no evidence of the contact he supposedly had with the alleged fan who gave them his testimony.

The French legal system formally recognizes the presumption of innocence and that someone is only guilty once condemned in a court of law. To accuse someone of an offense or crime that he or she did not commit is a defamation which, if made in public, can result in a fine of €12,000.

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TikTok star Zoe Laverne under fire for allegedly kissing underage fan

Published: 28/Oct/2020 1:28

by Alan Bernal

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TikTok star Zoe LaVerne is facing massive backlash after multiple videos surfaced of her allegedly kissing an underage fan. This comes days after leaked Instagram conversations from her ex-boyfriend Cody Orlove and Amber VanPelt raised concerns of “very intense” interactions with an underage influencer.

A video on the ‘Def Noodles’ account featured a short clip showing the two. It was apparently only a short form of a much longer video showing more instances of the same behavior.

According to Def Noodles, LaVerne previously denied allegations of having a relationship with an underage person. This was in direct response to the allegations brought by Orlove’s hacked messages.

The video comes at a sensitive time for LaVerne, who was already getting heat for Orlove’s Instagram messages with VanPelt.

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Zoe LaVerne once again removed herself from Instagram after the latest allegations.

In them, Orlove’s leaked exchange shows that he “left (LaVerne) because of her interactions with Connor. They got very intense and it’s something I do not stand by whatsoever. It’s p**dophillia.”

Another message, this time from Orlove to LaVerne, shows he cut communication from her. “My lawyers will handle the rest,” he said in reference to the “toxic” breakup between the two TikTok personalities.

LaVerne, who deleted her Instagram in mid-September in response to a separate lip-syncing debacle, once again removed herself from the Facebook-owned social platform.

In a private fandom account known to be run by LaVerne, she gave a message to her fans for her renewed hiatus from Instagram after the videos came out.

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An Instagram message from a fan-account known to be run by LaVerne.

“Thank you for everything, really,” the account called ‘zlpfandom0.2’ wrote. “But for right now I don’t think I’ll be back on soial media again. I (still) have a lot to think about. I reall don’t wanna leave you guys but I’m tired of feeling this way. I’m tired of crying and hurting. It’s nothing but negativity to me anymore. I love you so much.”

LaVerne has over 17 million followers on TikTok and nearly 450,000 subscribers on YouTube. She’s been featured in TikToks and videos with other online celebrities ranging from Terin Sottile and ex-boyfriend Zephan Clark.

If the move offline is permanent, it’s not known if LaVerne will publicly respond to the latest videos that are surfacing.