Lawsuit against Jake Paul over “harmful” prank reportedly dropped

Published: 3/Oct/2019 0:57 Updated: 3/Oct/2019 1:03

by Virginia Glaze


YouTube star Jake Paul is known for the over-the-top pranks and outrageous shenanigans seen in his videos – but one of these antics got him in legal trouble just last year.

Jake Paul was met with a lawsuit in 2017, after plaintiff Ellis Barbacoff sued both the YouTuber and Team 10 upon being left with “sustained shock and injuries” from a prank using a train horn.

According to Barbacoff, he’d experienced “pain and suffering” due to the prank – but Paul demanded the case be dismissed, claiming that he hadn’t meant any harm by the practical joke.

Paul’s lawyers argued a similar case, stating that both Jake and Logan Paul felt “honking a loud horn to get a reaction from people would be funny, but in no way did they intend to cause anyone injury.”

In an unexpected turn of events, Barbacoff has since dropped all claims against the social media celebrity two years later, according to a report from celebrity news outlet The Blast.

Jake Paul, InstagramOne of Jake Paul’s pranks took a serious turn after a victim sued him over “pain and suffering.”

This development follows the exit of Paul’s lawyers over this very case in 2018, with representatives from Loeb & Loeb claiming that the YouTuber had “refused to cooperate” and even “refused to make payments to the firm for their legal services in connection with the case,” per the Blast’s report at the time

This wouldn’t be Paul’s first go-round with legal battles, either: the star was similarly hit with a lawsuit in December 2018, after reportedly “destroying” a $10 million mansion he’d used for his birthday getaway.

Unfortunately for Paul, he’d recorded his birthday antics in a video for the entire world to see, leaving the rental clause against “using the home for any disorderly conduct” as evidence enough for Pitkin County District Court judge Denise Lynch to rule in favor of the plaintiff’s claim.

Paul was later sued for “false imprisonment” in February 2019, after a security guard detained a neighbor who had meant to complain about the YouTuber driving cars at a fast speed down his driveway.

Thankfully for Paul, his case from 2017 has reportedly been dropped – but the jury is still out in regards to his other legal battles.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.