We first reported on the rumours that 13 year old Internet star Jacob Sartorious had asked a young teen fan for nude photos back in early June. Now, just a few weeks later, Jacob himself has responded to the news which caused waves throughout the Internet community and with his young fans. And what he has to say for himself is pretty shocking…
For those of you who don’t recall the story or missed it the first time round, here’s a reminder of what went on. A fan of Jacob’s, only known as Luhsrupp, posted a series of damming screengrabs online which she claims were messages sent between Jacob and herself. In the messages, Luhsrupp is chatting to Jacob happily before he starts to ask her for explicit pictures including those showing her “bra and undies”. When the fan apparently tells Jacob she’s uncomfortable with sending nudes, he begins to pressure her and threatens to stop talking to her unless she gives in to his demands.
Despite the fact Luhsrupp posted the allegations back in March, they only really gained momentum in June, leaving Jacob’s reputation in tatters and Luhsrupp herself claiming she “wanted to die” after being sent a host of threatening messages and comments online. Jacob himself had remained pretty silent on the whole issue- until now.
This week Jacob released a statement via Twitter where he claims the accusations are entirely false and offers a message of support to Luhsrupp after it appears she fell victim to an imposter:
— Jacob Sartorius (@jacobsartorius) June 10, 2016
Dedicated fans have been rushing to offer their support of Jacob- real name Rolf Jacob Sartorious– and promising to support him forever. And despite his statement, Luhsrupp has continued to tweet about Jacob, even claiming she’s his girlfriend:
All drama aside, what we’re seemingly failing to address is the fact that- yet again- someone has been pretending to be a young, idolised Internet star in order to gain images which fall under the category of “child pornography”. In a recent statement, Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes warned fans against speaking to people pretending to be the couple after a paedophile was recently jailed for grooming children online by impersonating the YouTube stars.
The important message to come from all of this is to be extra cautious online and only chat to people you know.
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