David Dobrik exits picture app after Durte Dom rape allegation

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YouTube star David Dobrik has deserted his put up as a board member of Dispo — a images app he cofounded — amid a sexual assault controversy surrounding a former collaborator referred to as Durte Dom.

Hours after venture-capital firm Spark Capital divested from Dispo due to allegations towards Durte Dom, Insider reported Monday that Dobrik had exited the app, which was designed to make digital pictures seem as in the event that they had been taken with a disposable digicam. Dobrik additionally was not too long ago dropped by DoorDash, Greenback Shave Membership, EA Sports activities and different manufacturers.

Dobrik’s Dispo departure is the newest growth within the saga involving Durte Dom, a former member of Dobrik’s Vlog Squad manufacturing ensemble whose actual title is Dominykas Zeglaitis. (The Vlog Squad is thought for making absurdist comedy video diaries.)

Earlier this month, a lady accused Zeglaitis through Insider of raping her whereas filming a video for Dobrik’s YouTube channel in 2018. Since then, two extra girls have accused Zeglaitis through social media of inappropriate conduct.

“In mild of latest information in regards to the Vlog Squad and David Dobrik, the cofounder of Dispo, we’ve got made the choice to sever all ties with the corporate,” Spark Capital tweeted Sunday night.

“We have now stepped down from our place on the board and we’re within the course of of creating preparations to make sure we don’t revenue from our latest funding in Dispo.”

Final Tuesday, Dobrik briefly responded to the rape allegation leveled towards Zeglaitis, emphasizing that the pair now not had a working relationship. As a part of an investigation carried out by Insider, Zeglaitis’ accuser stated that she was too incapacitated to consent to sexual exercise throughout a Vlog Squad manufacturing shot by Dobrik.

“Consent is one thing that’s tremendous, tremendous necessary to me,” Dobrik stated in his newest YouTube video. “Whether or not I’m taking pictures with a good friend or taking pictures with a stranger, I at all times be sure that regardless of the video I’m placing out, I’ve the approval from that individual. And I additionally acknowledge that there’s occasions the place an individual can change their thoughts and determine that they now not need to be related … after which I’ll take the video down.”

In accordance with Insider, the video that includes Zeglaitis and his accuser was eliminated by Dobrik on the latter’s request after amassing 5 million views on YouTube. Below the pseudonym Hannah, the girl advised Insider that she and associates had been recruited to take part in a venture starring Zeglaitis as a intercourse addict.

Zeglaitis allegedly invited Hannah and others to his house, the place the Vlog Squad supplied them alcohol, and Dobrik filmed Hannah and Zeglaitis coming into the latter’s bed room. Within the video, titled “SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE PLAYED WITH FIRE!!,” the scene suits right into a group-sex narrative. On the time, Zeglaitis was 23 and Hannah was 20.

Zeglaitis didn’t reply instantly to The Instances’ request for remark. He beforehand declined to touch upon Hannah’s account when reached by Insider and has not been lively on YouTube or social media for the reason that story surfaced.

“With individuals in my life that I don’t movie with anymore — like Dom and the opposite individuals … — I selected to distance myself as a result of I don’t align with among the actions, and I don’t stand for any sort of misconduct,” Dobrik continued in his YouTube assertion.

“I’ve been actually upset by a few of my associates. And, for that purpose, I’ve separated from numerous them. With any video I make, my primary goal is to make individuals completely happy and encourage individuals, and I by no means need something to get in the best way of that. … I’m sorry if I’ve allow you to down, and issues like that gained’t occur once more.”

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