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Minecraft YouTuber LionMaker who groomed underage fans resurfaces as streamer

Published: 10/Jan/2019 17:20 Updated: 10/Jan/2019 18:52

by Calum Patterson

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Disgraced Minecraft YouTuber Marcus ‘LionMaker’ Wilton, who in 2015 confessed to having a sexual relationship with a 15 year old, has made a quiet comeback online, streaming on Mixer.

In late 2015, Wilton, who was 27 at the time, admitted to a sexual relationship with a 15 year old YouTuber, and later posted explicit images of minors on Twitter – which he later blamed on a hack.

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He was later accused by two other minors of attempting to groom them, and he was investigated by both Belgian and UK police, for distributing child pornography and statutory rape.

The controversy around LionMaker received widespread attention online after it was covered by Drama Alert host Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem, who flat out accused LionMaker of pedophilia.

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YouTube / KEEMSTARKEEMSTAR’s 2015 video brought widespread attention to accusations against LionMaker.

He was held in Belgian jail for 10 months, under arrest huis, a process allowing police to detain individuals who they deem a danger to society or would have the ability to tamper with evidence.

In mid-2016, LionMaker disappeared entirely from the internet, going silent on, or deleting, all his online platforms. He made a brief comeback in November 2017, where his channel began uploading videos again, but the channel has since been deleted/removed by YouTube.

On January 9, 2019, KEEMSTAR, who initially broke the story online, posted a video showing LionMaker streaming Minecraft on Mixer.

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LionMaker was accused in 2015 and 2016 of asking multiple different children for nude images, with one, Stephen Cheenks, 16 at the time, claiming he was offered up to $500 in exchange for the photos.

However, Wilton denied this and said that the $500 was for graphic design work which he had already received from Cheenks. 

Wilton was also accused of asking a 12 year old girl for nude images. He similarly denied this accusation, and claimed that the screenshots of the conversation, showing him asking for explicit photos, were faked.

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In late 2016 he was arrested by Belgian police, accused of statutory rape, distribution of child pornography, and being in possession of child pornography. He was released from prison on September 18, 2017, according to a release document acquired by BuzzFeed news.

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Joe Rogan finally changes JRE podcast lighting after fans complain

Published: 14/Oct/2020 17:41

by Daniel Cleary

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Popular stand-up comedian Joe Rogan has finally revealed changes to the lighting of his new podcast studio after fans decided they hated it, following his move to Texas.

After moving his entire podcast studio near his new Texas home in early September, Joe Rogan’s followers were quick to criticize him over the “tacky” updates made to the background of his setup.

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While most of his fans are used to seeing him in front of the classic red-brick wall with an American flag during his long-form conversations, his latest move saw the addition of some bizarre red lighting patterns instead.

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JRE fans criticized Rogan’s studio for its “tacky” red lights in previous episodes.

The UFC commentator’s first few episodes in the new studio were subject to a lot of criticism and many fans immediately called for adjustments to be made to the new camera angles and lighting that were being used.

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However, after initially addressing the hate and revealing that they had put the room together on short notice, it seems as if he has taken the feedback on board in his recent episodes, toning down the harsh red lighting that was present in the background of the show. The podcast host has now replaced the bright red light with a blue hue instead.

Since the release of his podcast with fellow comedian Colin Quinn on October 8, fans have noticed a massive improvement in the lighting and have been quite positive about the production changes that Rogan and JRE producer Jamie Vernon have made.

“Lighting is so much better, doesn’t look like you’re in front of a KFC sign” one viewer commented, while other JRE fans echoed similar compliments after the latest changes.

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The majority of his viewers claimed that the quality of the episode was “significantly better” but that it could still do with some minor adjustments to bring it up to the usual standard of the popular podcast.

As Rogan has previously explained that his current studio was put together on short notice, it is quite possible that he has even more changes in store over the next few months but we’ll just have to wait and see if any further adjustments are made.