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RiceGum accused of scamming fans with expired Amazon codes

Published: 9/Jan/2019 20:04 Updated: 9/Jan/2019 20:23

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular YouTuber Bryan ‘RiceGum’ Le is being hit with yet another controversy, after giving away what appear to be expired Amazon gift codes in a video on January 3.

The YouTuber offered up the codes, worth $10 – $20, as an apology for his partnership with possible gambling and scam website ‘MysteryBrand.net’ – but it appears that this show of good faith may have been yet another scam.

A YouTuber by the name of ‘Good Day Sir’ uploaded a video discussing the issue on January 6, where they claimed that they called Amazon’s customer service branch to confirm if four of the codes in question had already been claimed.

According to the YouTuber, the codes had been claimed in May of 2018 – nearly eight months prior to RiceGum’s apology video, where he gave away the codes in order to make amends with angry fans due to his involvement in the Mystery Box fiasco.

‘Good Day Sir’ likewise uploaded a video of his conversation with Amazon as further proof, where a representative confirmed over the phone that the cards had, indeed, been claimed prior to the making of RiceGum’s video.

While RiceGum has yet to respond to this latest accusation via his social media accounts, the YouTuber lashed out at H3H3’s Ethan Klein, who slammed his apology video following the gambling debacle on January 4.

However, RiceGum did express remorse due to his partnership with the brand, calling himself an “asshole” and recognizing that he had promoted gambling to his relatively young audience. 

However, Jake Paul, who was also involved with the website, took to Twitter to remind his fans not to gamble – a move that garnered him ample scrutiny from his critics.

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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.