Shane Dawson exposes SMOSH parent company in brutal video - Dexerto
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Shane Dawson exposes SMOSH parent company in brutal video

Published: 29/Nov/2018 19:49 Updated: 29/Nov/2018 19:51

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular YouTuber Shane Dawson sat down with boyfriend Ryland Adams to detail their experiences with SMOSH parent company Defy Media, who underwent massive criticism after their sudden shutdown in early November.

Adams spoke on his hosting work with YouTube channel Clevver, which was likewise under the Defy umbrella, claiming that he was threatened with legal charges “literally every single day for about three months,” should he come out with a ‘Why Left Clevver’ video.

Additionally, Adams was made to sign an ‘MCN,’ which allowed Defy to take a percentage of his earnings from ad revenue in an effort to prevent him from creating the video in question (ultimately to avoid being sued by the company).

“For them, it was a way to for them to screw me over but let me out of my full time job at Clevver,” Adams stated.

Adams also claimed that Defy withheld their checks before closing, insinuating that the company had used the funds to allegedly settle their own debt – and even accused Defy of having a “brainwashing, cult mentality” toward their YouTubers.

Dawson likewise came forward with allegations against Defy, claiming that one Clevver Style employee was only getting paid “1/100th” of what the channel itself was making, despite her hard work.

“It is disgusting,” Dawson expressed. “And companies like Defy …they find YouTubers, they make them work super hard, and they pay them nothing – and they’re not honest about how much the channels themselves are making.”

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Defy was hit with multiple class-action lawsuits in the weeks following their closure, both from former employees and companies partnered with Defy, alike. 

If won, Defy faces massive financial restitution to the plaintiffs – which could include paying its former employees the equivalent of 60 days of work.

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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.