Smash pro ZeRo "comes clean" after allegations of sexual misconduct - Dexerto

Smash pro ZeRo “comes clean” after allegations of sexual misconduct

Published: 4/Jul/2020 16:23 Updated: 5/Jul/2020 0:21

by Calum Patterson


Professional Super Smash Bros. player and streamer, Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios, has responded to allegations that he was inappropriate with underage girls, banned himself from future events, and been cut from Tempo Storm.

In his initial response to the accusations, ZeRo responded in detail to the various statements, including one from fellow pro player, William Peter ‘Leffen’ Hjelte.

“I want to start by taking ownership and apologize to Jisu, Katie, and Leffen for my actions,” he said. “While the intent was not malicious on my end, I understand that the impact my actions had on others caused pain that I did not intend.”

ZeRo speaking to camera with brick wall behind him
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ZeRo has “banned himself” from all future Smash events.

He admitted to sending “horrendous” messages to girls as young as 14 when he was 19, which he says were due to his “social awkwardness” and lack of judgment at the time.

In another Twitlonger on July 4, Barrios said that he was tired of the “back and forth” and wanted to “come clean.”

He admits that the spoke to another underage girl, who had originally told him that she was older. “Years later she contacted me and said she was actually underage. I apologized to her privately recently and told her I feel absolutely terrible about it. There’s no graphic pictures or anything either that were exchanged and she’s from another country.”

“I really want to atone, and I just want this discussion to stop,” Barrios continued. “I’m not a good person, and it doesn’t matter how terrible my life was, I did terrible things and that’s the end of it. I don’t deserve for people to defend me.

He explained that he was “working” to lose his sponsorships “or any type of thing like that” and that he would no longer be making videos for his 1.14 million subscriber YouTube channel.

ZeRo concluded his statement by telling fans not to forgive him, and that he would not forgive himself either.

After his ‘coming clean’ post however, Jacqueline ‘Jisu’ Choe, who made some of the initial allegations, claimed that “this isn’t all of it. I’ll be releasing my statement and everyone’s accounts soon.”

She also said that just because ZeRo had confessed, didn’t mean it was over, and that more information would be forthcoming from herself and other women.

Jisu also said that she had received death threats after making her statements, and another woman who made accusations against ZeRo, known only as Katie, chose to remain anonymous.

ZeRo has stated that he will not be attending any Smash events in future: “I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable and I don’t deserve to be there ever again after all this.”

Barrios did refuse one point though; that he was five years older than his girlfriend, and that he started dating her when she was 15. ZeRo says there is only 2 years difference in their age, and “we did not have sexual interactions until after she was 18.”

In addition to his self-imposed ban from events, Barrios’ organization, Tempo Storm, released a statement in which they confirmed that he was transparent in their investigation and that the esports organization will be “severing ties with him moving forward.”

As a step further, Tempo Storm has also committed to providing “professional support” for any of Barrios’ victims and both “professional counsel” and “rehabilitation resources” for the former player as well.


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

Published: 28/Nov/2020 16:01

by Charlotte Colombo


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!