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.


Joe Rogan stunned by Matthew McConaughey’s insane weight loss story

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:36

by Georgina Smith


Joe Rogan was left shocked after hearing the crazy lengths that hugely popular American actor Matthew McConaughey’s went to to lose 50 pounds for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.

Joe Rogan has seen his fair share of top billed guests make his way into his podcast studios, both new and old. Some of his most well known guests include Elon Musk, Post Malone, and other famous faces across YouTube, business, Hollywood, and just about every conceivable entertainment sector.

He even recently set up a long anticipated episode with Kanye West, but their meeting was promptly cancelled along with several other episodes after one of the staff members revealed he needed to self-isolate.

However, fans of the podcast were treated to a huge celebrity from an entirely different industry in a prerecorded episode – actor Matthew McConaughey.

Poster image for the film Dallas Buyers Club
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The 2013 was an enormous success, largely thanks to Matthew McConaughey’s highly regarded performance.

Matthew McConaughey on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast

Matthew has starred in films such as the Wolf of Wall Street, Contact, and of course 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club. He enacted AIDS patient Ron Woodroof’s heartbreaking story, and underwent an enormous physical transformation for the role.

As he shares with Joe Rogan, the actor lost over 50 pounds in the process of preparing for the challenging acting experience, dedicating himself to accurately portraying the story as true to life as possible.

“I weighed 135. And you know this, I was not torturing myself,” Matthew explained. “I was militant. The hardest part was making the damn choice. It was my responsibility.”

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With regard to the process of losing the weight, the actor said that he gave himself five months of a diet consisting of “tapioca pudding or whatever, three egg whites in the morning. Five ounces of fish couple vegetables for lunch, five ounces of fish couple vegetables for dinner.”

He said this is the diet that caused him to lose an insane 2.5 pounds a week, without any exercise. However, Joe was shocked to hear that Matthew was able to drink “as much wine as he wanted to drink,” joking “what kind of diet is this?”

“What I learned from it is that the body is more resilient than we give it credit for. The power I lost from the neck down equally or more sublimated to the neck up. My mental gain was so acute and so on point, that I was clinically smart.”

The incredible story was an insight into just how dedicated the beloved actor is to his roles, and certainly stunned Joe and the podcast viewers.