YouTubers react to allegations Jason Sampson manipulated underage fans

"I never saw her as a fan, but her age relative to mine - it just really shouldn't have happened"

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It's been a pretty dramatic week for the YouTube community and following the allegations of sexual assault made about Sam Pepper, YouTuber Jason Sampson - who posts under the username VeeOneEye - has now been hit with allegations that he slept with an underage fan.

Over the last few months, several prominent YouTubers including Alex Day, Tom Milsom and Sam Pepper have all been at the centre of allegations that range from sexual assault to the manipulative behaviour of underage fans.

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Things stepped up a gear over the weekend after one YouTuber used her channel to post a video alleging to have slept with Jason when she was only 15. Further to these revelations, she explained she now feels she was a victim of manipulation and felt pressured to have sex after being given alcohol.

"We started texting and arranged to meet… We ended up staying together overnight in London and he suggested buying alcohol," she says in the video. "I was fine with this initially, but then as the night wore on it became apparent that he was more in control of how much I was drinking than I was.

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"I feel like he had a specific goal to get me drunk," she continues. "At the time I was 15, and he was 20. And he was well aware of the fact that I looked up to him and he made use of his position of power in this situation."

She's not the first fan to have spoken up and only last week Dottie Martin posted a video about her experiences with Sam. Explaining that she took courage from this, the girl in question posted the video about Jason along with what appears to be screengrabs of Facebook and Snapchat messages.

Since posting, several other fans have come forward with similar claims and Jason himself then took to his YouTube channel with a video to explain things from his perspective, apologising directly to the girl and not denying that they were involved with each other.

"Tonight some people have said something about me and I'm not going to deny it, I'd just like my chance to explain myself," Jason says in his response video.

"She never approached me as a fan," he explains. "To me we were just two YouTubers that wanted to hang out. From what she said it seems she thought my intentions were to become friends and then have sex. It wasn't.

"It was awkward and we didn't have a lot to talk about and at that moment it was the only way that I knew how to socialise," he continues.

Clarifying things, Jason adds: "I want to reassure everybody that this is not okay. I never saw her as a fan, but her age relative to mine - it just really shouldn't have happened."

Despite this explanation, many of Jason's YouTuber friends seem deeply shocked by what's happened, with previously close friend Emma Blackery tweeting: "I will not be standing by any human who coerces any woman - at any age - to have sex with them by use of alcohol. No human can give consent to sexual activity if there are under the influence of alcohol.

"What Jason did was manipulative, and to be honest, frightening. I have known him for a very long time, and this side of him was unknown to me. It breaks my heart to talk about him in third person this way. Up until last night, he was one of my closest friends, but I have an obligation to put the safety of the community ahead of my feelings.

She adds: "I have an obligation, as someone with a large female audience of 13-17, to not condone his past behaviour. Will I forgive him in time? I don't know.

Former housemate and friend Luke Cutforth also tweeted, saying: "I don't, never have or will condone any form of sexual abuse. We asked Jason to move out which he has done so im going to comfort my friends."

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