Monday, April 19

David Dobrik Dropped by Brands Amid Vlog Squad Allegations: Timeline


David Dobrik and the Vlog Squad are under fire for their past actions, including allegations of sexual misconduct stemming from a 2018 YouTube video.

The 24-year-old YouTuber, who has nearly 19 million subscribers on his main channel, made headlines earlier this month when a woman accused Dominykas Zeglaitis (better known as “Durte Dom”) of sexual assault. Zeglaitis was previously part of the Vlog Squad, Dobrik’s inner circle who films content for YouTube, TikTok and other social media platforms together.

In a since-deleted video titled “SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE PLAYED WITH FIRE!!” from 2018, Zeglaitis, who no longer films regularly with Dobrik, revealed several college girls responded to his Instagram request to have group sex. While Dobrik initially said in the video that it’s clear the “fivesome” wasn’t going to happen after spending time with the students, one of the women who met up with the group that night has since alleged that Zeglaitis raped her after she was supplied with alcohol by Dobrik’s group.

The woman, who has remained anonymous and was 20 years old at the time, shared her story to Insider reporter Kat Tenbarge, alleging that Zeglaitis had sex with her when she was too drunk to consent. (Zeglaitis, who 860,000 subscribers of his own, has yet to publicly react to the accusations. Insider reports that he declined to comment.)

“This is my third time investigating rape accusations, and the most difficult part often involves bringing those claims to the accused and dealing with pushback,” Tenbarge said. “This time, we didn’t get a response from the man who was accused of rape. But we did hear back from David Dobrik’s lawyers, and part of the reporting process was responding to the issues they took with our story.”

Dobrik’s lawyers released a statement to Insider that read: “David will be addressing his community directly. Anyone who knows him knows he does not condone misconduct in any form. Vlog participants provide consent before anything is posted. Whenever consent is retracted, posts are removed. Any insinuation of wrongdoing is inaccurate and defamatory.”

The David’s Perfume founder later addressed the controversy in a two-minute video uploaded to his and Jason Nash’s podcast Viewschannel, which has a significantly lower number of subscribers compared to his main channel.

“There’s also been moments where I’ve looked back on videos, and I realize that these don’t represent me anymore, and they’re hurtful to other people, and I don’t want them up because I’ve grown as a content creator and as a person,” he said on March 16, adding that “consent is something that’s super, super important” to him. “And I don’t agree with some of the videos I’ve posted.”

Dobrik has since been dropped by several brands as the fallout continues. Scroll through for a complete breakdown of the controversy:

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The Video

The video was filmed and uploaded in November 2018. In addition to Dobrik and Zeglaitis, Vlog Squad members Nash (and then-girlfriend Trisha Paytas), Jeff Wittek, Todd Smith and Nick Antonyan were spotted at the get-together. In the vlog, several members of the group were shown listening by the door after Zeglaitis and two women went into the next room.

“Dom just had a threesome,” Dobrik, who has admitted to recreating jokes and bits for his videos in the past, said at the end of the video. “I think we’re all going to jail.”

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The Allegations Against Dom

The woman told Insider that one of her friends was in the room when Zeglaitis allegedly raped her. While she initially gave Dobrik permission to use footage from the evening in a text message to Zeglaitis, she asked for the video to be taken down after she learned more information from her friends about the situation. The video was viewed more than five million times before it was removed.

“There were definitely times she was drinking it of her own volition, but there were also times where he was clearly trying to get her to drink more,” one of the alleged witnesses told Insider.

The woman who accused Zeglaitis of rape added, “It seemed like I had a super-fun night with these famous vloggers basically, which is not what happened. I was exploited for content and stripped of autonomy and a voice.”

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David’s Response

“I wanted to come on here real quick and address some conversations that are going on on the internet,” Dobrik said in a video titled “Let’s Talk” on March 17. “I don’t align with some of the actions, and I don’t stand for any kind of misconduct. I’ve been really disappointed by some of my friends, and for that reason, I’ve separated from a lot of them.”

He continued: ”I think with any video I make my main purpose is to make people happy and inspire people and I just never want anything to get in the way of that. I’m sorry if I’ve let you down and things like that won’t happen again and I learn from my mistakes and I also believe that actions speak a lot louder than words. You can take my word for it that I’m going to change but I’ll also show you and I’ll prove to you that the mistakes I made before won’t be happening again.”

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Jeff Speaks Out

Wittek, who has filmed with Dobrik over the years and was present the night the since-deleted video was filmed, denied supplying alcohol to the victim or her friends in a March 21 video titled “My Truth.” Besides Dobrik, Witterk is the only current member of the Vlog Squad to address the situation.

Hours after his video, which has been viewed more than One million times in 24 hours, was released, Witterk joined Paytas on her “Frenemies” podcast. During the podcast interview, Ethan Klein and Paytas shared a photo from the report of Wittek, Dobrik and Smith standing across from the alleged victim, who was held up by her friend, at 1:38 a.m. — despite Wittek’s claims that they left Zeglaitis’ home earlier in the evening.

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The Allegations Made by Seth

In addition to the accusations surrounding Zeglaitis, Dobrik and Nash came under fire in February after former pal Joseth “Seth” Francois claimed he was tricked into kissing Nash in a 2017 vlog.

“With the Seth situation, I’m sorry to Seth because, like I said, I just want to make videos where everybody in it, whether you’re participating or watching, is enjoying and having a good time,” Dobrik said in his “Let’s Talk” video. “And I missed the mark with that one, and I’m really sorry. I truly, truly am.”

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David Losing Sponsorships

Dobrik has been dropped by Dollar Shave Club, EA Sports, Doordash and HelloFresh in recent days. One of the influencer’s biggest advertisers, SeatGeek, told Insider that the ticketing company was “reviewing” the partnership.

Dobrik has also stepped back from Dispo, an invite-only photo-sharing app created by the YouTuber which raised $20 million in funding last month.

“David has chosen to step down from the board and leave the company to not distract from the company’s growth,” Dispo said in a statement to The New York Times. ”Dispo’s team, product, and most importantly — our community — stand for building a diverse, inclusive, and empowering world.”

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