YouTube star, makeup artist and Los Angeles resident James Charles issued an apology video entitled “Holding Myself Accountable” admitting to contacting 16-year-old boys.
After new allegations that he inappropriately messaged a young fan surfaced, 21 year old Charles admitted to two separate incidents where he became aware that the person he was exchanging messages with was 16-years-old. One occurred last year and one more recently.
In the video Charles states:
“Today’s video is going to be from the heart, and I’m going to focus on what happened, the conclusions that I’ve come to and most importantly holding myself accountable for my own actions.
“I owe a massive apology to anybody that I’ve hurt or anybody that I’ve made uncomfortable with my actions. And I also want to say I’m sorry to my friends, family and fans that have to watch another one of these videos because you shouldn’t have to and this is really, really embarrassing.”
“These conversations should have never happened,” he added, admitting that he could have searched for the people he was talking to on other social media platforms and found their real ages.
These allegations first surfaced in February after Charles was accused of “grooming” a 16 year old fan.
The allegations came from a young man who states after he made a TikTok video the YouTube star sent him unsolicited nude pictures on Snapchat and pressured him into sexting even though he told him he was 16.
Charles denies these allegations taking to Twitter to address them. In a statement posted on social media, he said the accusation that he “groomed this person” is “completely false”. He claimed that the individual said at first he was 18 and that he cut off all contact after he “admitted he was 16”.