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Twitch streamer manhandled by drunken stranger on camera

by Virginia Glaze

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As livestreaming sites like Twitch and Mixer grow in popularity, more and more users are streaming their daily activities for a live audience - sometimes capturing unpleasant moments as they unfold in real time.

IRL Twitch streamer Ellie “elliegato” Li unfortunately captured one such moment during a live stream on August 14, as she broadcasted her night out in a Roppongi-based bar.

However, her night didn’t go uninterrupted: as she talked to her chat, a stranger approached her from behind and grabbed her shoulders, drunkenly slurring his speech while flipping off the camera.

Elliegato, Instagram
Elliegato, Instagram
Twitch streamer "Elliegato" became a victim of harassment during a night out in a Tokyo-based bar.

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Welcoming #yearofthepig #ootd . . If I think back on the year I realise I did so many amazing things. I went amazing places and met amazing people and had amazing food. But I didn't feel that way during the year. If I look through my stories the overall feel was a severe lack of confidence and overall depression... then a bunch of fun in July and August with @kyattohime and @_babifonseca before feeling blue again after they left. . I have so many photos but hardly posted anything. I felt like nothing was good enough. One thing that came up was a fair number of people (including some incredibly famous people in the industry) expressing their surprise I wasn't hardcore modelling. I kept thinking I should try harder at freelancing, or at least apply for an agency.. but I kept feeling.. insufficient. I struggle really hard to convince myself I don't look like ass and I'm afraid of embarassing myself. I'd often been bullied as a child and I honestly struggle to shake voices in my head that say I'm stupid and ugly and to not embarass myself. You might find me "fishing for compliments". I don't mean to.. I honestly feel really low about myself a lot of the time. I only register a very small percentage of compliments and sometimes I need a shower of compliments before I have any sense of feeling like any of it is mildly true. I'm not asking for people to compliment me in saying this either.. just again.. how I feel. . I've decided to try a bit harder on improving confidence in myself. To put myself out there, to not be afraid of embarrassing myself a little. Once the new year festivities are over and the dance studio reopens I'm going back to working out nd brushing up my skills. To try and improve my health, my mood and maybe also to help with my own self perception md confidence. . Wearing red, grey and white to represent the fire and metal elements, the elements missing from the year of the earth pig. I hope I can really channel those elements in 2019! . #potd #photo #style #selfie #fashion #model #tokyomodel #tokyogirl #freelancemodel #2019 #selfconfidence #workingonmyself #winterfashion #あけましておめでとう #新年 #良い年ね #スタイル #センス #自撮り#可愛い #女子 #モデル #東京モデル #ファッション #冬ファッション

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“Oh, Jesus loves you,” the stranger sung, manhandling Li and dancing her around by her shoulders before finally apologizing.

That wasn’t the end of his antics, though: the stranger even kissed her hair after his apology, continuing to grab the streamer and attempting to get her to drink before finally leaving the scene.

Li’s situation caught the attention of passersby, who she warned about the stranger as he made his exit.

“Yeah, he’s just groping everyone,” she said of the issue. “Might wanna curb him in a bit.”

The streamer was visibly shaken by the interaction, giving her drink a long look before taking her leave.

“I guess because those three girls left he’s got less people to attack, so I’m just gonna drink this and go,” she continued.

Elliegato, Twitter
Elliegato, Twitter
Elliegato's night out was ruined by an overly handsy stranger.


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The incident incited a wave of reactions from Li’s chat, with many viewers shocked and concerned for her safety as the interaction went down.

“TELL HIM TO FUCK OFF,” one user wrote.

“Bartenders will kick people out if you ask,” another said.

Elliegato, Twitch
Elliegato, Twitch
Elliegato's chat was collectively appalled at what was happening on screen.

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This wouldn’t be the first time a streamer has been harassed on camera, by far: the girlfriend of popular streamer “Jakenbake” was approached by a stranger asking to take her home during an August 13 broadcast, prompting a humorous response from Jake as the harasser entered a cab.

“I said, ‘Hey what’s up big brother, can I go home with you?’” Jake explained, going on to speculate that he was likely a regular at the karaoke club they’d just visited who had done such a thing before.

No matter the situation, it is never okay to invade someone’s personal space without permission - a lesson that these strangers apparently missed.