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YouTuber James Charles Denies 'Grooming' Allegations

YouTuber James Charles Denies 'Grooming' Allegations

The 21-year-old has responded to a video being shared online

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

James Charles has denied allegations of 'grooming' that have been made against him.

The beauty influencer responded to the claims after a video began circulating online from a fan who says he had recently started chatting to the 21-year-old on Snapchat.

In the video, the 16-year-old fan says he recently contacted Charles innocently as he 'looked up to him', but that the TikTok star took the conversation to a different level and began sending him nudes.

Writing on Twitter, Charles said: "There's a video going around about me on TikTok and Twitter of a guy calling me a groomer and I want to address it right away.

"The accusation that I have groomed this person is completely false.

"Last week, I came across someone on my Instagram explore page, saw he followed me, and added him on snapchat.

"The next morning, I woke up to several snaps from this person being excited I added him back, saying he loved me, and also lewd photos of him in the shower.

"I asked how old he was right away and he told me he was 18 so I started flirting back.

"In the excitement of meeting someone I thought could be potentially great, I didn't ask for a copy of his ID or passport."

However, Charles says he soon became suspicious that the fan he was talking to was not 18 after all, and decided to ask him again.

He explains: "Later in the day, he said a few things that made me question the validity of his original age answer and when I asked him to confirm his age once again, he admitted he was 16.

"I told him I was really uncomfortable and apologised for flirting, but he insisted on continuing talking, saying it could be our little secret, he's a fan of mine and would never tell anyone.

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"I told him I wasn't okay with this, he started getting upset, and at this point, I unfriended him. We haven't spoken since. "

Charles ends by fully denying the allegations his accuser has made against him.

He added: "I'm not victim blaming him or victimising myself either, simply sharing what happened, and what happened was not okay.

"After false allegations like this in the past, I would never knowingly engage with anyone underage and put my life on the line for a few snapchats.

"Because of situations like this, instead of taking someone's word for it, I will now ask to see the ID or passport of every guy I have a conversation with."

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