YouTube star James Charles has shared a video taking ‘full responsibility’ for his actions after two boys under the age of 18 alleged that he sent them explicit photos and sexually explicit messages.
The 21-year-old makeup guru – who counts the Kardashian-Jenner sisters among his army of celebrity friends – posted the video titled ‘holding myself accountable’ in response to allegations by two boys who were under the age of 18.
The teenagers alleged that Charles, who has 25.7 million YouTube subscribers, solicited nude photographs from them.
‘Today’s video is going to be from the heart and I’m going to focus on what happened – all of the conclusions that I’ve come to – and most importantly holding myself accountable for my own actions,’ he began.
‘First and foremost I need to say sorry. I owe a massive apology to anybody that I’ve hurt or anybody that I made uncomfortable with my actions.’
He then said he added both boys on Snapchat and ‘asked how old they were right away, was told that they were 18, believed them, engaged in flirty conversation and then later on found out that they were 16’.
Charles said he was ’embarrassed’ and immediately ‘blocked both people’.
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YouTube star James Charles (pictured) has shared a video taking ‘full responsibility’ for his actions after two boys under the age of 18 alleged that he sent them explicit photos and sexually explicit messages
He also noted that his immediate reaction was ‘so stupid’ and after he ‘self-reflected’ he realized that ‘I f**ked up’.
‘I needed to take accountability for my actions and more importantly apologize to the people that were affected by them,’ Charles said.
‘These conversations should’ve never happened… and I take full responsibility for that. I trusted the information that was given to me rather than the information I could have and should have gotten myself,’ he said, referencing videos made by the accusers.
‘There’s no one to blame for this other than myself,’ Charles said.
His video comes more than a month after he denied the allegations against him.
At the time, he posted the following lengthy statement: ‘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.’
He then said he added both boys on Snapchat and ‘asked how old they were right away, was told that they were 18, believed them, engaged in flirty conversation and then later on found out that they were 16’. When…
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