LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11) - Story updated on Thursday, August 24, 2017:
FOX 11 called Faze Banks for comment and he referred us to his lawyer. A call has been put into his lawyer’s office and we are waiting for a response. LAPD detectives said they are investigating an allegation of battery that the alleged victim reported to police.
Original report from Friday, August 18, 2017:
YouTube star Jake Paul is known for his risky stunts and crazy personality, but this week on his channel he’s getting serious.
“I was so in shock, I was so disgusted that I needed to bring this situation to light so that anyone watching can learn from this,” Paul said.
As of Friday night, nearly 4-million people have watched the video where Paul’s assistant Meg Macpherson describes how she was allegedly assaulted at an LA nightclub.
“When I was leaving he sort of clotheslined me and put his arm out in front of me and tried to pull me into the place that they were at,” she said.
Macpherson said it happened Wednesday night while she was leaving the club. She said a man hooked his arm around her neck and started dragging her. “It was frightening mainly because my air supply was cut off,” Macpherson told FOX 11 via Skype.
She said she managed to escape his grip, but not after the attack left her black and blue.
Macpherson has identified her alleged attacker as another internet star Faze Banks who she said was at the club the same night.
Banks responded to her claims in his own YouTube post. “There’s a possibility that I bumped into this girl or you know elbowed her in the neck or something, but obvious this wasn’t intentional,” Banks said.
But Macpherson doesn’t see it that way and she’s using the power of social media appearing on both Paul’s YouTube channel and her friend Erika Costell’s channel.
With a combined 13-million viewers between the two, Macpherson is hoping to send a powerful message.
“Everyone should feel ok going out to a nightclub and having fun with their friends,” she said. “No girl or woman or anyone should feel afraid to be somewhere.”
“No part of abuse I don’t care what the excuse is it’s not ok,” Costell said. “I think it’s very important to use our audiences to remind them of that.”
Banks said the videos make him out to be a monster and the tweeted threatening legal action.
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