YouTuber Jake Paul has denied an allegation of sexual assault from TikTok creator Justine Paradise, labelling the accusation a “blatant attempt for attention”.
Last week, 24-year-old Paradise posted a 20-minute video to YouTube, titled “TRIGGER WARNING: Jake Paul Sexually Assaulted Me.”
Paradise alleged that Paul sexually assaulted her at his Team 10 house in California on July 20, 2019, after meeting him via a mutual friend. She included screenshots of alleged text messages between herself and Paul and videos of herself appearing to be at the Team 10 house.
After a number of visits to the Team 10 house, Paradise claimed that Paul “pulled me into this little corner area in the studio [at the Team 10 house] and started kissing me.”
Paul then allegedly lead her to his room, where they started to kiss.
“Normally, everybody respects me when I don’t want to do sexual things,” she said.
“So I thought it was fine if I went into his room and I thought it would be fine to kiss him, because I thought he would stop if I didn’t want to do anything else.
“That’s normal, that’s what you do.”
When Paradise made it clear that she was only interested in kissing, she claimed Paul said, “If nothing is going to happen, then what’s the point?”
Then Paul allegedly forced Paradise to give him oral sex.
“There was no contact between me and Jake after this,” Paradise said, adding that she tried to contact him for an explanation.
Paul allegedly never apologised to Paradise.
Paul initially denied the accusation through his attorney, Daniel E. Gardenswartz, who said his client intends to sue for defamation.
“While others have already begun to debunk the claim alleged against him, our client categorically denies the allegation and has every intention of aggressively disproving it and pursuing legal action against those responsible for the defamation of his character,” Gardenswartz said in a statement obtained by TMZ.
“Our client believes that any false allegations diminish the credibility of those who have truly been victims of misconduct,” he said.
On Wednesday morning, Paul released his own statement on Twitter again denying the accusation of sexual assault.
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 13, 2021
Paul said he has never had any sexual relationship with Paradise and confirmed he is pursuing a defamation case.
“This individual is directly using the attention from her social media posts and video to promote her adult content website and Amazon shopping list – designed for people to buy her gifts,” he said.
“These allegations come conveniently for her, almost 2 years after the alleged incident and the week of my fight (of course).”
Paul is currently training for his upcoming boxing match against UFC’s Ben Askren on April 17.
“I will fight this to the end to prove my innocence,” Paul continued.
“This isn’t the first preposterous allegation made against me in my career and it most likely won’t be the last.
“As someone who has lived in the spotlight since the age of 16, dealing with liars, fake news, and false accusations unfortunately is part of the job.”
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