Sinthia Hoque:-James Charles, an American Internet Personality, a make-up artist and known as one of the most famous beauty YouTubers has fired back amid allegations of grooming an underage boy. The alleged 16-year-old had claimed the YouTuber sent him sexually explicit messages and photos via Snapchat in a video that has since been deleted.
Just merely a few hours later, James took to Twitter denying these allegations, saying they’re ‘completely false’ and he tweeted, “There’s a video going around about me on TikTok and Twitter of a guy calling me a groomer and I want to address it right away”, further stating, “The accusation that I have groomed this person is completely false.
Last week I came across someone on my Instagram explore page, saw he followed me, and added him on Snapchat. The next morning, I woke up to several snaps from this person being excited I added him back, saying he loved me, and also lewd photos of himself in the shower”. “I asked how old he was right away and he told me he was 18 so I started flirting back.
In the excitement of meeting someone I thought could be potentially great, I didn’t ask for a copy of his ID or passport. It’s now clear, based on the video he uploaded, he was taking photos of me with another device and had an ulterior motive from the beginning. Later in the day, he said a few things that made me question the validity of his original age answer and when I asked him to confirm his age once again, he admitted he was 16”.
According to James, he apologized for flirting but the boy, “insisted on continuing talking, saying it could be our little secret”, and James who was not comfortable with this had later unfriended him. Later on, the alleged victim took to Twitter, rebutting Charles’s earlier statement, saying, “James we both know I blocked you, you never asked for my age. After I told you I was 16 you proceeded to ask me for nudes and said it didn’t matter. You called me hot and said ‘I wish the timeline could speed up so you can be 18’ ”.
After many alleged false accusations in the past, the YouTuber had added, “I would never knowingly engage with anyone underage and put my life on the line for a few Snapchat. Because of situations like this, instead of taking someone’s word for it, I now will ask to see the ID or passport of every guy I have a conversation with”.
News source: usmagazine
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