YouTuber Jake Paul Slams Sexual Assault Allegations Made By TikTok Star, 'Will Pursue Legal Action' Against Those Defaming His 'Character'
After TikTok star Justine Paradise accused Jake Paul of sexual assault, the YouTuber broke his silence, slamming the allegations made against him.
Paul's attorney, Daniel E. Gardenswartz, shared in a statement that the 24-year-old plans to take legal action against anyone who is dragging his name over these allegedly false claims.
"Our client is aware of the recent allegation against him," Paul's attorney said on Tuesday, April 13. "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."
Gardenswartz added: "Our client believes that any false allegations diminish the credibility of those who have truly been victims of misconduct."
Paul's statement comes after Paradise released a 20-minute YouTube video on Friday, April 9, accusing the social media personality of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in July 2019.
In the clip, Paradise — who has over 524,000 TikTok followers — claimed the alleged incident occurred at Paul's home in California, where he lived and worked with his friends.
According to Paradise, she went into his bedroom with him but thought he would stop his sexual advances if she asked him to.
"Sex is very special and very important to me," Paradise explained. "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. I thought it would be fine to kiss him, because I thought he would stop if I didn't want to do anything else."
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Paradise claimed that after she got uncomfortable and moved his hands off a place on her body, he asked: "If nothing's going to happen, what's the point?"
Despite her allegedly telling Paul "no," the YouTube star forced her to perform oral sex while physically on top of her, Paradise claimed, adding that "he didn't ask for consent or anything."
"That's not okay," she continued. "On no level at all is that okay."
After the alleged assault, Paradise claimed Paul acted cold towards her and didn't speak to her again — ignoring the texts of her pleading for a conversation.
Paradise said she tried to reach out to him to let him know that she "didn't consent" to what happened; however, she "couldn't tell him because he never responded" to her text messages.
She added that she "never got an apology or anything like that," before noting that she hopes by coming forward, Paul "realizes what he did and doesn't do it again."
"I would have liked to have an apology because that was messed up, and I didn't want that," she candidly said. "I know he knows that I didn't want to do anything sexual with him."
She concluded: "I've thought about this literally every single day since it happened. But the more and more I think about it, the more I realize, no one can be doing that."
first reported on the statement from Paul's lawyer.