TikTok star Justine Paradise uploaded a 20- minute YouTube video Friday, April 9, accusing YouTuber Jake Paul of sexual assault.
According to Paradise, she visited Team 10 house, a home shared by Paul and his friends, in July 2019.
Paradise recalled that she and Paul met through mutual friends and had been casually hanging out that summer. Their friendly relationship turned physical when Paul kissed her at his house. Paradise said she was OK with it.
“Jake pulled me into this little corner area in the studio and started kissing me,” Paradise remembered. “I was fine with that. I did think he was cute.”
After the kiss, Paradise said they went to his room where they danced and kissed a bit more. But, Paradise said she changed her mind when he “took it to his bed,” because “sex is very special and important” to her.
“Normally, everybody respects me when I don’t want to do sexual things, so I thought that it was fine if I went in his room,” she explained. “I thought it would be fine to kiss him, because I thought he would stop if I didn’t want to do anything else.”
However, Paradise protested and she claimed Paul told her, “If nothing is going to happen, then what’s the point?” He then allegedly sexually assaulted her.
“He didn’t ask for consent or anything,” she alleged. “That’s not OK. On no level at all is that OK.”
Following the alleged incident, Paradise said that Paul was “cold” towards her and that “up until this point, he had been nice to me.” She said his behavior made a “complete 180” and there was “no contact” on Paul’s part.
“I wanted to talk to him about how that made me feel, because somewhere in my brain I was thinking, ‘What if he didn’t do this to me on purpose? What if he didn’t know how this made me feel?'” she explained. “I just wanted talk to him and tell him, ‘Hey, I didn’t consent for this. It made me feel so awful.'”
Paradise further state that, “But I couldn’t tell him, because he never responded.”
Paradise also said that she never discussed these allegations publicly because when he first visited the Team 10 house, she signed a non-disclosure agreement. She said, “I thought if you sign an NDA, you’re signing away your rights to talk about anything basically.”
Jake Paul denies
Jake Paul finally addressed and denies the sexual assault allegations that Paradise has against him.
Paul’s lawyer, Daniel E. Gardenswartz, said in a statement to E! News, “Our client is aware of the recent allegation against him. While others have already begun to debunk the claim alleged against him, our client categorically denies the allegation and has every intention of aggressively disproving it and pursuing legal action against those responsible for the defamation of his character.”
The statement concluded, “Our client believes that any false allegations diminish the credibility of those who have truly been victims of misconduct.”