YouTube star David Dobrik has launched a second apology video amid ongoing sexual assault allegations in opposition to his content material creator group, the Vlog Squad, and manufacturers quickly slicing ties with him.
Early Tuesday morning, Dobrik shared a video telling followers: “I’ve put myself in plenty of conditions the place I have to apologize for my previous actions and I’ve by no means finished this appropriately. I’ve by no means finished this respectfully, and my final video is a testomony to that. I don’t wish to defend that video. I don’t wish to delete that video. I simply wish to be clear.”
The video Dobrik referred to, titled “Let’s discuss” and shared on Dobrik’s less-followed YouTube web page, was in response to a report on Insider detailing an alleged rape that occurred whereas members of the Vlog Squad filmed. A lady claims that in 2018, Vlog Squad member Dominykas Zeglaitis, aka Durte Dom, raped her, and that Dobrik had filmed the girl coming into the room the place it occurred and later uploaded the clip to his YouTube channel. The clip was later eliminated on the girl’s request.
The “Let’s discuss” video, which incorporates Dobrik saying “consent is one thing that’s tremendous, tremendous necessary to me,” was extensively criticized for being shared to a smaller viewers, having the feedback turned off and general lacking “the mark.”
Dobrik explains in his second apology video that it “felt loopy to me to just accept that there was some form of toxicity or energy dynamic in my good friend group, however I hope different creators will take a second to take a look at the place the jokes finish and the place the emotions start.”
He goes on to say he totally believes the “girl who got here out in opposition to Dom and stated she was sexually assaulted and raped by him” and that he “ought to have by no means posted” the clip of her on his channel. He apologized to her for enabling his buddies and making her and her buddies really feel “like their security and values had been compromised.”
The creator additionally stated he’d be taking a partial break from social media “as a result of I noticed there’s a severe lack of infrastructure after I make any form of content material and I would like to have the ability to have a spot of checks and balances.”
This second video comes within the wake of firms together with DoorDash, HelloFresh, EA Sports activities and Greenback Shave Membership slicing all ties with Dobrik and the Vlog Squad over the weekend. As of Monday, previous to Dobrik’s second video being posted, much more firms withdrew their assist, together with Honey, Frank’s RedHot, SeatGeek and Chipotle.
On Tuesday, courting app Bumble stated it too can be severing a relationship with Dobrik.
“We’ve all the time had a zero-tolerance coverage on the subject of abuse, misogyny or threatening conduct of any variety… we had requested all Bumble content material be completely eliminated and may affirm we is not going to be working with David or any of his group once more,” the corporate stated in an announcement to PopCrave.
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