Sex Workers Angry After Bella Thorne Earns $1 Million On OnlyFans
In case you're unaware - or at least pretending to be - OnlyFans is a subscription based platform on which folks pay a monthly fee to see content - usually pretty risqué stuff - made by creators.
In the case of Bella Thorne, she was charging as much as $200 (£150) for access to three photographs that purported to show her in a state of undress.
However, some people weren't happy, as they weren't as explicit as they had hoped they would be.
On top of that, those who actually earn a living through the site, or through sex work in general, are also pretty put out by Thorne steaming into the business.
Other users have now complained about the fact that OnlyFans has introduced a maximum charge of $50 (£38) for access to images, and the amount of time it takes to get paid has increased from seven days to 30.
It has been suggested that these changes have come into force because the site now owes Thorne so much money, such has been her success.
One angered content creator said: ""She scammed her subscribers and sent out $200 PPV (a message you have to pay to view) claiming it was a fully nude photos set. It was not. So many people requested refunds that now OnlyFans won't allow us to charge over $50 for PPV OR get tipped over $100.
"And this morning we were all told that instead of waiting 7 days for our payouts, we have to wait 30.
"The theory is that OF can't afford to pay her her cut so now our funds are being tied up."
OnlyFans has strenuously denied that it has moved the goalposts as a result of Thorne's success.
A spokesperson told TMZ: "Transaction limits are set to help prevent overspending and to allow our users to continue to use the site safely.
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"We value all of the feedback received since this change was implemented and we will continue to review these limits."
The statement continued: "Our objective remains to provide the best platform possible for the OnlyFans community. We can confirm that any changes to transaction limits are not based on any one user."
For her part, Thorne has also claimed that she's only started her account as research for an upcoming project with director Sean Baker.
She told the LA Times: "It's a feature we are researching as I'm living it currently.
"What are the ins and outs? What does a platform like this do to its users? What's the connective material between your life and your life inside the world of OnlyFans?
"How can it change your life for the worse and the better? How far are you willing to go, and how far do you WANT to go?
"You can be me, or this talented girl from Montana, and OnlyFans could change your life - if you want it to, of course."
Baker has denied that the project will go ahead, and threw his lot in with the creators who have had their livelihood disrupted by this.
The filmmaker issued a statement that read: "I would like to make it clear that the news of me making a film (documentary or fiction narrative) about OnlyFans and using Bella Thorne as research is false. I'm NOT attached to this project."
He did admit that a conversation had taken place last year with Thorne about a film that would 'focus on her life and the circumstances leading to her joining OnlyFans'.
However, he added: "On that call, I advised her team to consult with sex workers and address the way she went about this as to NOT hurt the sex work industry.
"This has been the extent of my involvement.
"I am an ally and have literally devoted my career to tell stories that remove stigma and normalise lifestyles that are under attack. I would never do anything that could possibly hurt the community."
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