Logan Paul backs James Charles amid Tati drama and accusations of sexual harassment - Dexerto

Logan Paul backs James Charles amid Tati drama and accusations of sexual harassment

Published: 15/May/2019 21:01 Updated: 15/May/2019 21:08

by Virginia Glaze


James Charles, once YouTube’s most popular makeup guru, is now falling from his pedestal, thanks to drama with fellow YouTuber Tati Westbrook – but not everyone is rooting for his downfall.

Controversial YouTuber Logan Paul weighed in on the debacle during an episode of his ‘imPaulsive’ podcast on May 15, where he urged onlookers to examine claims of Charles being a “sexual predator” for allegedly pursuing straight men.

“Really think about what you’re saying, and really think about what a true ‘sexual predator’ is,” Paul urged. “The kid is 19. Cut him some slack, please.”

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Paul likewise called the drama between Charles and Westbrook “petty,” arguing that the “crime does not fit the punishment” in regards to Charles’ massive 3 million subscriber drop due to fan outrage over the issue.

YouTube’s beauty community imploded after Westbrook uploaded an emotional video to her Instagram story in early May, where she appeared to react to Charles’ promotion of SugarBearHair, a rival company to her own Halo vitamin brand.

Tati Westbrook, InstagramTati Westbrook uploaded a 43 minute long video exposing James Charles, after the 19-year-old beauty guru posted an advertisement for her rival company, SugarBearHair.

Westbrook followed up her video with a 43 minute-long spiel exposing Charles for less than savory behavior, claiming that he had spread rumors about her in an attempt to ruin her image, and even accused him of using his fame to “manipulate someone’s sexuality.”

“You are using your fame, your power, your money to play with people’s emotions,” Tati alleged. “You’re threatening to ruin them. You’re threatening to embarrass them. And you’re doing that to have them behave sexually in your favor, even if you’re straight. And you know what, that’s not okay.”

Charles later uploaded an eight-minute apology video to YouTube, where he apologized to both Tati and her husband for “everything that is going on, everything I have put you through for the past few weeks.”

Charles’ apology video has since become one of the most-disliked uploads on the platform, sitting at number nine in the rankings with over 2.81 million dislikes.

The debacle even saw a massive subscriber loss for the beauty guru, who has since dropped millions of subscribers due to the drama – while Tati continues to see a regular influx of new fans.

Since then, other major YouTubers like Jeffree Star and even singer Zara Larsson have come out in solidarity with Tati, with Larsson alleging that Charles had flirtatiously messaged her husband knowing that he was straight.


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

Published: 29/Oct/2020 12:10

by Alice Hearing


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.