James Charles threatens to sue Jovan Hill after he posts fake racist image on Twitter
14 March 2019, 13:37 | Updated: 14 March 2019, 16:38
James was no amused in the slightest
James Charles has sent a furious response after influencer Jovan posted a fake screenshot of James saying the N word.
Jovan posted the screenshot which appeared to show James using the slur in an Instagram direct message, but James was quick to point out that the image was fake, saying:
"this is absolutely not funny, delete this immediately or my lawyer will be in contact".
Some users mocked James' legal threat but libel is a genuine offence and painting someone as a full-on racist could very much be argued to be damaging to their character by a court.
Jovan replied in a now-deleted tweet saying: "Let's do it baby I know the law".
James sent a series of messages about the issue. He said:
"It’s scary to me that there are actual people on twitter who crave attention so badly that they make fake screenshots to try and ruin other’s careers and lives... it’s not funny".
It’s scary to me that there are actual people on twitter who crave attention so badly that they make fake screenshots to try and ruin other’s careers and lives... it’s not funny— James Charles (@jamescharles) March 13, 2019
He also said:
"Getting messages death threats and emails questioning one’s character over a fake screenshot is not a joke."
Getting messages death threats and emails questioning one’s character over a fake screenshot is not a joke— James Charles (@jamescharles) March 13, 2019
Despite his initial warning, James does not seem keen to get tangled up in legal drama.
I don’t want to give him the thrill of even taking him to court, twitter is already helping me handle it— James Charles (@jamescharles) March 13, 2019
At the time of writing, both Jovan's Instagram and Twitter accounts were suspended but are now back. Once he was back on Twitter, Jovan wasted no time coming after James (and other YouTubers) directly:
JAMES CHARLES A RACIST— i know the law baby ➐ (@jovanmhiII) March 14, 2019
SHANE DAWSON A RACIST
EMMA CHAMBERLAIN A RACIST
YOU DEFEND THEM YOU A RACIST
Jovan and his fans are generally insisting that it was a joke and that James have overreacted - something James and his fans are rejecting.
There have also been tons of memes - because of course there have.
Jovan when James Charles’ lawyers get in contact with him. pic.twitter.com/Va55j9eo8h— 𝓓𝓾𝓶𝓫 𝓑𝓲𝓽𝓬𝓱 (@itsteatimesis) March 13, 2019
Jovan when he meets James Charles’ attorneys pic.twitter.com/cDGIcSIubs— ✨ken✨ (@skinnyfer) March 13, 2019
can jovan and james charles please go on judge judy— joy-c (@ccocainechanel) March 13, 2019
james charles: this is absolutely not funny, delete this immediately or my lawyer will be in contact— clit 🦋🍒🐣🌺 (@whosclit) March 13, 2019
Jovan has made headlines before for being a man who famously does nothing for a living and who lives off donations from fans. He has a large following online and is known for his memes and sense of humour.
James, meanwhile, recently became the most subscribed beauty YouTuber in the world, eclipsing friends and colleague like Jeffree Star and Michelle Phan.