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Syndicate denies sexual abuse allegations as multiple women come forward

Published: 21/Jun/2020 15:06 Updated: 24/Jun/2020 21:47

by Calum Patterson

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UPDATE: June 24: Tom ‘ProSyndicate’ Cassell has issued a long statement addressing the allegations of sexual abuse made by ZombiUnicorn and KaitlinWitcher on Twitter, claiming that it’s all false and there was never any wrongdoing involved with either woman.

“This is character assassination by social media without evidence to support it or any justification,” he wrote. “These two women have chosen to make horrendous allegations against me for reasons I do not understand, attempting to stage a public trial without giving me a chance to defend myself.”

UPDATE June 21, 1:30PM PST: Syndicate has responded to the allegations of sexual abuse made by the two women. He claims that what’s been alleged is “false” and that he’s “in actual shock.”

The YouTuber is expected to follow up with a larger statement in the next few days, and claims he is going to address “every single thing that’s been said.”

The original story is below.


Twitch streamer and YouTuber Natalie ‘ZombiUnicorn’ Casanova has accused YouTuber Tom ‘ProSyndicate’ Cassell of sexual abuse, with his ex-girlfriend KaitlinWitcher also sharing her story.

In a video on June 21, ZombiUnicorn alleges that the incident took place while they were working together on the Legends of Gaming show, a tournament between YouTube gamers in 2016.

Casanova explains that the pair had been in a consensual relationship, but that on one occasion the encounter had become non-consensual.

“He said he didn’t have any [condoms], so I said we can only continue if you pull out, because I don’t take birth control. When the time came, I was on top of him, he was saying that he was about to, and I was like ok I’m getting off, and he held me down physically, so that I could not get off of him. I smacked him and said ‘no, stop!’.”

In her tweet, ZombiUnicorn said, “I FINALLY realized my own story of sexual abuse that I’d long passed off as him just ‘being a d**k’. I tried to remain cordial bc of his position/power until I just cut him off entirely. @/ProSyndicate”

In the video, she explains in detail the events leading up to and the encounter itself, claiming that despite Cassell saying that he did not have a condom, she later found them in his bathroom.

Warning: Clip contains explicit description of sexual abuse.

Casanova says that after the incident, she tried to maintain the friendship and be cordial, “because of his position and power”, but later decided to block him and was “avoiding him at all costs.”

“I am worried that he’s going to try to come after me, because I’m saying this, but it’s all true.” ZombiUnicorn explained that a woman who works for Syndicate’s company, 3BLACKDOT, took her to the pharmacy to get Plan B the next morning.

In follow up tweets, Casanova also alleged that Cassell had shared private photos of her without permission or knowledge.

Two hours before posting her video, ZombiUnicorn asked her followers what they would call the scenario.

Dexerto has reached out to ProSyndicate for comment.

His ex-girlfriend KaitlinWitcher has also spoken out following ZombiUnicorn’s video in a series of tearful Twitter clips. She claimed he was her first boyfriend, and that she “didn’t know better,” before going into detail about an alleged incident in December 2012 in a Los Angeles hotel room.

She went on to describe how Cassell said he “wanted to do things” with her in the room, to which she refused multiple times before he assaulted her without consent.

Syndicate runs two popular YouTube channels, boasting a combined subscriber count of over 12 million. He’s also one of the most followed streamers on Twitch, with a further 3 million followers. Casanova is a popular Twitch streamer also, with over 200,000 followers on the platform.

The allegations come the day after a number of women in the gaming industry reported instances of harassment, prominently against Destiny streamer SayNoToRage.

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How to watch the TikTok Room Awards: Nominees, results & more

Published: 28/Nov/2020 16:01

by Charlotte Colombo

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Popular drama page TikTok Room delighted its 1.8 million followers this week when, on November 25, they announced on their Instagram that they would be hosting their very own awards show!

The post also announced that voting would be on Friday 27 November, with the awards then streaming tonight on Saturday 28 November.

Details surrounding what the award categories were was initially vague, with the account teasing more information throughout the week before opening the polls on Friday for fans to vote for some of their favorite TikTokers in various categories.

Despite the categories remaining unclear prior to voting being open, that didn’t stop some of TikTok’s biggest stars endorsing the awards and encouraging fans to vote for them.

Among other famous faces like Skai Jackson, Nessa Barrett, and Jacob Sartorius, Sway House star Bryce Hall endorsed the awards in a video, joking that he was probably nominated in the “most problematic” category, while Charli D’Amelio, who recently reached 100k followers on the TikTok, told her fans that “there is a special award show on Sunday” and encouraged them all to vote.

Although some fans found that there was difficulty submitting their votes – with TikTok Room explaining in an Instagram post that this was due to heavy traffic on the form- by the time the polls were closed, TikTok Room announced that over 500,000 votes were cast after teasing fans earlier that day with just how close some of the categories were.

What are the categories?

The TikTok Room awards consists of 28 categories in total, and are as follows:

  • Most active with fans
  • Best couple
  • Best makeup
  • Most positive
  • Best style (male)
  • Best style (female)
  • Best ship
  • Best dancer (male)
  • Best dancer (female)
  • Best fandom
  • Funniest TikToker/ collab
  • Best diss track
  • Least problematic (male)
  • Least problematic (female)
  • Best role model
  • Best group/duo
  • Kindest TikToker
  • Best dance creator
  • Best song
  • Most talented musician
  • Most achieved (male)
  • Most achieved (female)
  • Favourite TikToker/ Influencer (male)
  • Favourite TikToker/ Influencer (female)
  • Best clapbacks/ comebacks
  • Best YouTuber
  • Best hair
  • Best house

The running order of these categories is not yet clear.

When do the TikTok Room awards start?

While the awards themselves start at 8pm Eastern Standard Time, TikTok Room have announced that there will be a pre-show from 6pm Eastern Standard Time.

It isn’t quite certain how exactly the awards will be broadcast, although TikTok Room did confirm to a fan in the comments section that they would be posting the results on their Instagram page throughout the night.

So, to watch the awards, your best bet is to keep an eye on TikTok Room’s Instagram account!