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YouTuber Brooke Houts accidentally uploads video smacking her dog

Published: 7/Aug/2019 13:14 Updated: 7/Aug/2019 15:31

by Matt Porter

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YouTuber Brooke Houts, who regularly posts videos of her alongside Doberman named Sphinx, has come under scrutiny after an unedited clip was accidentally uploaded to her channel appearing to show her slapping and appearing to spit on her dog.

The clip was accidentally uploaded to her channel on August 5, and showed the 20-year-old acting aggressively towards her pet who was interrupting while she tried to film.

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This brought the ire of the online community, who lashed out at the content creator for the way she treated the Doberman, with Houts eventually deactivating her Twitter account due to the backlash she was receiving, although later reactivated it.

YouTube: Brooke HoutsHouts’ doberman puppy has appeared in a number of her videos.

The video in question was removed from her channel, and replaced with the video that was originally intended to be uploaded, but was downloaded before it’s deletion and shared on social media.

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The clip shows Houts telling her audience that she planned to “prank her dog” by putting plastic wrap across a door and calling it, to see how it would react when it was unable to reach her because of the see-through barrier.

A frustrated Houts can be seen getting jumped on by her dog, and then slapping the dog in the side of the face to knock it down, before following it off camera. A second section shows the dog approach her while she is on her knees, with Houts forcing it down by using her weight to push him to the floor, yell “Stop” and make a sound which appears to be her spitting on the animal.

The final section shows the dog approach her again, and lick her on the face, with Houts again shoving the dog away and following it out of view of the camera.

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Many jumped to criticize her behavior towards her dog, with one user stating that if she wasn’t “emotionally mature enough” to control her temper around the dog, she shouldn’t have one.

Others described her actions as “absolutely disgusting,” and labelled her a “monster.”

The 20-year-old has since released a statement on her Twitter account, stating that on the “day the footage was filmed, things in (her) outside life have been less than exceptional,” and that while she didn’t want to “play the victim card,” she is “rarely as upset as what was shown in the footage.”

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“That being said, this does NOT justify me yelling at my dog the way I did,” the statement continues. “However, when my 75 lb. Doberman is jumping up in my face with his mouth open, I do, as a dog parent, have to show him that this behaviour is unacceptable, but I want to make it known, REGARDLESS of what my dog does, I should not have acted that way towards him.”

“I want to clarify that I am NOT a dog abuser in any way, shape, or form. My dog (was not) hurt by any action I displayed in this video. If he was audibly or visibly in pain, it would be a different story. I also did NOT spit on my dog, but I understand how it could look like I did.”

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The YouTuber finished by saying that she didn’t want to come across as if she was defending her actions, but instead wanted to point out what actually happened, and give an explanation to those who were “rightfully angry”.

She concluded: “I am sorry that you guys had to watch that footage and were upset by it, and I’m sorry to my dog for raising my voice and acting aggressively.”

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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.