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Jake Paul, the Youtube personality and stunt boxer, “categorically denies” the sexual assault accusations leveled at him by TikTok star Justine Paradise this month.
Paradise, 24, uploaded a roughly 20-minute video to YouTube on Friday in which she graphically detailed sexual misconduct allegations against Paul.
The TikTok personality claimed that Paul forced her to have oral sex with him at his home during a recording session in Calabasas, California in 2019.
Paradise claims she first met Paul in June 2019. The pair traded phone numbers and texted each other occasionally, she said in the video. Paradise described Paul as socially “awkward,” and “cute,” but accused him of becoming pushy during a gathering one evening at the house that serves as headquarters for Paul's social media collective Team 10. The encounter began consensually, she said, but spiraled out of control in Paul's bedroom. Paradise alleges Paul became angry after she refused to have sex with him.
“One of those days, I was in the studio — some people were recording down there — and Jake pulled me into this little corner area in the studio and started kissing me,” Paradise says in the video. “I was fine with that.”
“Sex is very special and very important to me,” Paradise added. “But I haven’t had sex with that many people. Normally, everybody respects me when I don’t want to do sexual things, so I thought that it was fine if I went in his room. I thought it would be fine to kiss him, because I thought he would stop if I didn’t want to do anything else.”
Paradise says she rejected Paul multiple times before allegedly performing oral sex on him against her wishes.
The video has received more than 756,000 views. She later expanded on her accusations in a separate TikTok video.
“I’m not falsely accusing anyone for clout,” Paradise said. “I’ve kept this to myself for a long time so making the decision to share it publicly is terrifying because I know I’m going to have a lot of attention on it. And I know a lot of that attention is going to be hate.”
She said she hoped that her statement could save someone and help other survivors of sexual assault.
The 24-year-old content creator has almost 525,000 followers on TikTok.
County authorities confirmed detectives are aware of the accusations.
“The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has been made aware of potential incidents involving Jake Paul,” Lt. Joe Fender told Oxygen.com. “We’re actively investigating those allegations.”
Fender clarified later that the sheriff's department is unaware of any criminal report filed by Paradise in the case.
Paul’s legal team declined to comment on whether they’d been contacted by law enforcement following Paradise’s accusations.
“Our client is aware of the recent allegation against him,” Daniel E. Gardenswartz, Paul’s attorney, told Oxygen.com in a statement. “While others have already begun to debunk the claim alleged against him, our client categorically denies the allegation and has every intention of aggressively disproving it and pursuing legal action against those responsible for the defamation of his character. Our client believes that any false allegations diminish the credibility of those who have truly been victims of misconduct.”
Paul has also vocally denied the allegations.
“Sexual assault accusations aren’t something that I, or anyone should ever take lightly, but to be crystal clear, this claim made against me is 100% false,” Paul wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
He accused Paradise of fabricating the allegation for “attention” and vowed legal retaliation in clearing his name.
“Not only have I never had any sexual relationship with this individual, but this claim is solely a manufactured accusation and a blatant attempt for attention during a highly visible fight week,” Paul stated. "Make no mistake, I plan on pursuing this defamation of character case to the fullest extent of the law.”
Paul claimed he was in a relationship at the time of the incident and described himself as a “momma’s boy.”
“I most certainly have never laid a finger on a girl without their consent,” he added.
The sexual assault allegations landed days before the YouTube celebrity boxer's April 17 pay-per-view bout with retired UFC fighter Ben Askren.
Paul has more than 20 million YouTube subscribers. He's the younger brother of YouTuber Logan Paul, who has garnered headlines for his own controversial behavior in recent years. In 2018, Logan Paul sparked international outrage when he posed with an apparent corpse in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest in 2018.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office didn’t immediately respond to questions about possible charges when contacted by Oxygen.com on Wednesday.
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