Social media personality Ray Diaz was arrested Friday amid allegations of sexual assault against a minor.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed on Twitter Friday, July 12, that detectives with the elite Robbery-Homicide Division Special Assault Section took Diaz, 33, into custody in San Diego, California for alleged sexual assault with the help of the San Diego Police Department.
Diaz has since been released on $50,000 bond, according to Page Six.
Diaz, a self-proclaimed entrepreneur and content creator, primarily posts fitness-focused videos that have attracted more than 3 million followers on Instagram and upward of 300,000 on YouTube. He was arrested after videos surfaced online recently suggesting not only that Diaz had been in a relationship with a 17-year-old girl named Angelica Salek, but that he verbally and physically abused her.
In one clip that was allegedly recorded while Salek and Diaz were riding in a car together, a man can be heard threatening to pull the car over and hurt Salek.
“I’m going to end up punching you so f—cking hard,” he says.
In other videos, the man alleged to be Diaz can be heard yelling at Salek, telling her to kill herself and “die” as she sobs.
Salek said during an interview with a YouTube channel that she first began dating Diaz when she was 16 years old. The age of consent in California is 18. She also recounted a story of police coming to search for her at his home on one occasion, claiming Diaz forced her to hide from the authorities inside of his mattress and box springs.
The first clip allegedly featuring Diaz yelling at Salek was first shared via her Instagram account but was later deleted, according to BuzzFeed. Speaking to the Hollyoood Fix during a FaceTime interview on July 6, Diaz reacted to the release of the first video, claiming that it was “acting” and “fake.”
“It’s something you learn in acting class if you studied in New York City. It's just screaming and yelling, and I do this before every single audition with Angelica just to get the juice flowing, get the emotions flowing,” he said.
Before Diaz’s arrest, the LAPD suggested they were aware of the situation in a tweet posted shortly after midnight on Friday that did not mention Diaz by name.
“The LAPD is aware of several social media posts related to a social media personality, alleging physical abuse and sexual relations with a minor,” their statement reads. “We take these allegations seriously. Currently, the Department has directed a group of investigators to look into these allegations.”
The department announced Diaz’s arrest less than 24 hours later. Shortly afterward, LAPD Chief Michel Moore applauded the public’s interest in the case.
“We thank the public for their outpouring of concern regarding this case,” Moore wrote early Saturday. “We are better when we share the responsibility of making sure every member of our community is safe.”
After Diaz was released from jail, Salek said in an emotional video posted Sunday that she was afraid to go home and that she didn’t think it was fair that he was released after paying just $50,000.
“I don’t know what to do. I’m scared to go home,” she said.
Diaz, whose real name is Raymundo Diaz, is scheduled to appear in court on August 7, according to Page Six.
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