TikTok star Nessa Barrett shuts down bizarre 'spine shortening' rumors - Dexerto
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TikTok star Nessa Barrett shuts down bizarre ‘spine shortening’ rumors

Published: 13/Sep/2020 16:14 Updated: 6/Oct/2020 10:18

by Charlotte Colombo

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If you’re as famous as TikTok influencer Nessa Barrett, rumors and conspiracy theories about you are often part of the territory. However, she has moved quickly to shut down claims circulating online… that she had made her spine shorter.

With 10.3 million TikTok followers and 3.6 million Instagram followers, Nessa Barrett is a formidable force on the influencer scene, despite only being 18 years old.

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As well as being close with members of the Hype House and Sway House, Nessa has made a name for herself with her natural beauty, dance videos and relatable attitude (you have to give her credit for laughing off moments like farting during a live stream).

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Nessa Barrett is one of TikTok’s most rapid rising stars, and is also known for her on-off relationship with former Sway House member Josh Richards.

However, her fame has come with a price. Back in July, she was accused of ‘copying’ fellow influencer Madison Beer with her debut single ‘Pain’, and has been open about her mental health issues and struggles with the spotlight.

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Only recently she publicly begged paparazzi to leave her alone after they photographed her crying in a restaurant.

Why are people saying Nessa Barrett altered her spine?

Standing at a petite 5ft 3, Nessa Barrett’s height has, for some reason, been a huge source of scrutiny among fans.

In May, a video with fellow content creator LuvAnthony caused ridicule amongst fans, with many people pointing out the height difference between the two.

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When she and Anthony quipped that she was 5’11 in the comment section of the video, many people failed to pick up the sarcasm and accused her of lying about her height.

With height jokes becoming an unfortunate staple in the comment in lots of Barrett’s content, a bizzare rumor began to circulate claiming that she had shortened her spine.

With the rumors intensifying over the last few days, reporters at The Hollywood Fix asked her how she felt about them.

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“I just find it stupid because people know I’m insecure about my height,” Barrett says in response.

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Brushing it off, she said: “They just want to make jokes about it, but it’s fine.”

According to commenters on Instagram, however, these jokes and rumors were anything but fine. “‘Jokes’ that point out people’s insecurities aren’t funny,” one fan wrote.

Another pointed out that “saying ‘it’s just a joke’ isn’t going to stop how she [Nessa] feels about her height.”

Taking into account some of Nessa Barrett’s struggles in the past, it certainly wouldn’t hurt if everyone was a little bit kinder to her.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.