Japanese Police 'Wish To Speak To' Logan Paul Following 'Suicide Forest' Video

The week is going from bad to worse for YouTuber Logan Paul; following the massive backlash he faced for posting a video of a man hanging, filmed in Japan's 'suicide forest', Japanese police have now said they want to speak to him.

Masaki Ito, a spokesman for the Yamanashi prefectural police told The Sun they wish to speak to Paul. He said there's no legal obligation to report a body, but that police were interested in speaking to Paul as a 'suicide may be involved'.

Local police, who cover the Aokigahara forest area declined to comment when asked by Associated Press; but Japanese police do not generally comment on suicide, CNBC reports.

Twenty-two year old Paul has since released two apologies after he was hit with heavy criticism for the, now deleted, video, which saw him laughing and joking with his friends, before filming the dead man.

His first apology, which he posted on Twitter, was also criticised with people calling him insincere and others angry that Paul seemed to suggest the aim of the video was to raise awareness of male suicide.

He wrote: "I didn't do it for the views... I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity.

"I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought 'if this video saves one life, it'll be worth it,' I was misguided by shock and awe."

"I'm often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have and with great power comes great responsibility... for the first time in my life I'm regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won't happen again."

He then issued a second apology, a video, in which he said: "I've made a severe and continuous lapse in my judgment and I don't expect to be forgiven. I'm simply here to apologise.

"I've made a huge mistake. I don't expect to be forgiven... I'm ashamed of myself. I am disappointed." He told his fans that his reactions to seeing the body were 'raw' but admitted that the video shouldn't have been posted.

In a statement, YouTube said its 'heart go out to the family of the person featured in the video'. While adding the site prohibits 'violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner'.

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Source: The Sun; CNBC

Featured Image Credit: Logan Paul/YouTube

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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