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TikTok star Tony Lopez allegedly used his “fame” and “notoriety” to sexually abuse two underage girls, according to a new civil lawsuit against the 21-year-old influencer.
“Tony Lopez used his status as a social media influencer to solicit, groom, and lure underage female fans for his own perverse use and entertainment,” the lawsuit, obtained by Oxygen.com, alleged.
Lopez, who has nearly 23 million followers on TikTok, has denied the charges.
Lopez began exchanging flirtatious messages on Snapchat with the first teenage victim, identified only as H.L. Doe, in January 2020, court documents alleged.
“I’m trynna marry you,” he allegedly told told the 15-year-old girl.
Lopez ultimately persuaded the teen to commit “unlawful sexual acts with him,” and later “praised” the teenager for her “sexual abilities,” according to the lawsuit.
In April, C.H. Doe, the second alleged teenage victim, met Lopez at the headquarters for Hype House, the content hub to which the influencer belongs, in 2020. Lopez is accused of later exchanging nude photos with the girl, who was 16 at the time, the lawsuit stated.
“Show me your boobs,” he allegedly told the second teen on social media.
Lopez allegedly later sent pictures of his penis to the girl. Lawyers for her family described the sexual misconduct allegations as “perverse.”
“Tony Lopez used his fame, status and notoriety as a social media influencer to compel, coerce, and solicit [the victim], a minor, into complying with his requests for sexual acts,” the victims' attorneys wrote in the lawsuit.
Lopez’s fans later cyberstalked and harrassed the alleged victims on social media, causing them further “emotional harm,” according to their lawyers.
"They've gotten death threats," Michele Vercoski, one of the attorneys representing the families of the two alleged teen victims, told Oxygen.com. "They’re in fear for their lives. They’re afraid to walk out their front doors — they’re always looking over their shoulder."
Hype House’s founder Thomas Pertrou, as well as other TikTok influencers Cole Hudson and Chase Hudson are also named in the pending lawsuit. The content hub, housed in a rented L.A. mansion, is home to several social media personalities, and was founded in 2019.
Vercoski, who only practices civil law, explained her clients' parents are also "considering" pursuing criminal charges against Lopez but haven't yet filed a police report or directly approached law enforcement.
The social media celebrity strongly denied the lawsuit’s accusations.
“These allegations are not at all true,” Lopez said in a statement to Buzzfeed News. “I never sent nudes to these women and didn’t ask them to send me pictures either. And, I certainly wouldn’t have sex with someone who told me they were underage."
He also dismissed the teenage victims’ accusations as a “money grab.”
“I’m going to fight it to the very end,” Lopez added. “I will not allow them to continue to slander my name and attack my character."
Lopez didn’t immediately respond to Oxygen.com’s request for comment on Monday.
It’s not the first time, however, the popular influencer has been accused of sexual misconduct involving underage girls. In August, he was also accused of soliciting nude pictures from several teenage victims.
“I am still new to entertainment [and the] L.A. scene, and I am quickly learning that you can’t believe everything that you are told,” he tweeted in response. “I know these actions are not taken lightly and were extremely irresponsible of me. As a young man, I will hold [myself] responsible for this mistake, rather than run from it.”
Lopez, who said he firmly regretted his actions, added he was “disappointed” in himself, however, the TikTok influencer refrained from directly addressing the sexual misconduct accusations.
Those allegations are “eerily similar” to the accusations contained in the new civil suit against Lopez, lawyers for the two unidentified teen victims said.
The 21-year-old has also previously been accused of posting homophobic, sexist, and racist comments on social media.
Nude photos of Lopez himself were reportedly leaked online last year.
No court date has been set in the pending civil suit, the plaintiffs' lawyers said.
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