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Jake Paul dropped by his legal team due to controversial prank video

Published: 16/Jan/2019 20:01 Updated: 16/Jan/2019 20:09

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular YouTuber Jake Paul is no stranger to controversy, with his latest debacle seeing him dropped by his own lawyers due to a prank video filmed in July of 2017.

Law firm Loeb & Loeb have officially cut ties with Paul, after seeking permission to discontinue their representation of the YouTuber in an ongoing legal battle over the video in October of 2018.

Paul’s lawyers alleged that the internet star refused to pay them for their services, claiming that his antics had incited an “irreconcilable breakdown” in their working relationship.

“[Paul has] refused to cooperate with Loeb in the defense of this action,” the firm stated via the Blast, adding that Paul “refused to make payments to the firm for their legal services in connection with the case.”

Now, a Los Angeles judge has allowed Paul’s lawyers to pull out of the case – leaving the YouTuber without any legal representation in the matter.

The case was raised by Ellis Barbacoff, who filed a suit against both Paul and his production company, Team 10, for “unspecified damages.” Barbacoff claimed that Paul had blared a train horn at him, which caused “sustained shock and injuries,” as well as alleged “pain and suffering.”

This isn’t the first time Paul has found himself in legal trouble due to a video, either; a lawsuit filed against Paul in June of 2018 was recently expanded to include Team 10 in December 2018, after Paul trashed a $10 million Colorado mansion during his 21st birthday celebration.

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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.

TikTok star Zoe Laverne
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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.