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Syndicate releases statement addressing sexual abuse allegations

Published: 24/Jun/2020 20:53 Updated: 25/Jun/2020 14:25

by Albert Petrosyan

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 Faced with accusations of sexual abuse from two different women, popular YouTuber and Call of Duty personality Tom ‘ProSyndicate’ Cassell has issued a statement claiming his innocence.

The allegations first surfaced on June 21, when Natalie ‘ZombiUnicorn’ Casanova, a well-known content creator, posted a video going into detail about an incident that allegedly took place while she and Cassell were hosting a Legends of Gaming YouTuber tournament in 2016.

Shortly thereafter, his ex-girlfriend, Kaitlin Witcher, also spoke out in her own series of emotional Twitter clips, claiming that a similar situation had occurred in a Los Angeles hotel room back in 2012.

At the time, Syndicate immediately denied the accusations on Twitter, saying he was in “actual shock” and that he’d be making a statement “regarding the false allegations” at some point.

That statement finally came several days later, on June 24, in the form of a long Twitter post. In it, Cassell called the allegations from both women false, providing details about his relationships with both and explaining that no aspect of either involved any wrongdoing.

He also repeatedly mentioned that he fully supports women who have the courage to speak out against their abusers, but that these particular instances are part of an online crusade against him.

“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.”

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In the case of Casanova, Syndicate admitted that they’d been involved in a sexual encounter, but one that was fully consensual. He revealed that the two had discussed and agreed to her taking a pill the next morning, which disputes her original claims that he had forced her to via a female assistant from his workplace.

As for Kaitlin Witcher, he revealed that, while they had been together during their teenage years, it was never a “full sexual relationship” because she didn’t want one, which he says he “respected.”

“The allegations she made against me are completely false,” Cassell said of Witcher. “I know she has been through some tough times in her life and always considered her to be a good person, but these claims she has made against me are entirely wrong.”

Twitter: ZombiUnicorn / YouTube: The Life of TomSyndicate has called Natalie ‘ZombiUnicorn’ Casanova’s claims against him false.

At the time of publication, neither Casanova nor Wither have commented on Syndicate’s statement.

We will continue to bring you the latest on this story as it continues to develop and more details are revealed.

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Scarra and Toast explain why OfflineTV won’t last much longer

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:47

by Alan Bernal

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The OfflineTV collective is an enormous brand revolving around Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys, Lily ‘LilyPichu’ Ki, Michael Reeves, Jeremy ‘Disguised Toast’ Wang, and William ‘Scarra’ Li – but the founder explained why he doesn’t see the group lasting much longer.

Scarra established OfflineTV in 2017 alongside his then-manager Chris Chan. While there’s been plenty of changes to the house’s residents since its inception, the content creators have steadily built up the general platform to thrive across YouTube and Twitch.

But all good things come to an end, and this isn’t lost on Scarra. Every year the OfflineTV founder wonders if it’s going to be the last for the content house.

While there’s been no animosity or signs that would point to impending doom within the group, Scarra and Toast are realistic about the idea of living with your friends as time goes on.

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Even if OfflineTV dies, don’t expect the content between the creators to slow down.

“All good things come to an end,” Scarra said during a late-night Twitch stream. “Every year I’m always happy if it lasts one more year.”

Looking to the future, Toast doesn’t see how the group of friends will be able to house every one’s personal ambitions as life goes on.

“We can’t have a house that each of us have wives, husbands, our kids and our pets living in once place,” Toast said, immediately following up with the obvious progression of the ‘OfflineTV house.’ “Maybe like a street. I’m down for street, or like a neighborhood.”

Scarra put OfflineTV’s shelf life at two to three more years, but both content creators recognized that the actual brand’s existence will have very little consequence on their individual success. So it’s not entirely needed, even now.

Across Twitch and YouTube (Facebook Gaming for Toast), every single member easily has millions of followers to support them in their own goals. If OfflineTV were to truly go offline, each individual community would be more than equipped to keep themselves afloat.

With so many young streamers or content creators eventually growing up, living arrangements and even the things they broadcast will eventually take a new shape throughout different phases of life.

With that said, a product of that change could one day result in OfflineTV permanently turning off and that’s not a bad thing, according to Scarra.