David Dobrik apologizes once more in Durte Dom controversy

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YouTube star David Dobrik has apologized for his involvement in an argument regarding sexual assault allegations in opposition to one in every of his former collaborators often known as Durte Dom.

After many thought his preliminary assertion final week was insufficiently thorough and insincere, Dobrik posted a second video Monday evening addressing misconduct allegations leveled in opposition to Durte Dom, a former member of Dobrik’s Vlog Squad manufacturing ensemble whose actual title is Dominykas Zeglaitis.

Earlier this month, a lady accused Zeglaitis by way of Insider of raping her throughout the filming of a video for Dobrik’s YouTube channel in 2018. The video, which has since been deleted, was shot by Dobrik and noticed the lady and Zeglaitis enter the latter’s bed room collectively.

Underneath the pseudonym Hannah, the lady instructed Insider she was too incapacitated to consent to sexual exercise with Zeglaitis. (The Occasions has not independently corroborated Hannah’s allegation.)

“I’ve put myself in plenty of conditions the place I’ve wanted to apologize for my previous actions, and I’ve by no means carried out this accurately, and I’ve by no means carried out this respectfully, and my final video is a testomony to that,” Dobrik started his newest remarks.

“I’m going to be utilizing phrases which will set off some survivors, and that’s simply so I don’t clarify something vaguely. … I absolutely consider the lady who got here out in opposition to Dom and mentioned she was sexually assaulted and raped by him.”

Representatives for Zeglaitis haven’t responded to The Occasions’ request for remark, and Zeglaitis has been inactive on YouTube and social media because the Insider investigation surfaced.

In accordance with Insider, Zeglaitis recruited Hannah and mates to seem in a Vlog Squad manufacturing starring Zeglaitis as a intercourse addict. Dobrik shot the video at Zeglaitis’ house, the place the Vlog Squad supplied everybody alcohol. On the time, Zeglaitis was 23 and Hannah was 20.

After amassing 5 million views on YouTube, the video was later eliminated by Dobrik at Hannah’s request.

“Regardless that I acquired consent to submit that video, I ought to have by no means posted it, and what I perceive now … is that she [gave me permission to post the video] as a result of she felt like she needed to, not as a result of she needed to,” Dobrik continued.

“That’s f— up, and I’m sorry. … I wish to apologize to her and her mates for ever placing them in an atmosphere, that I enabled, that made them really feel like their security and values have been compromised.”

Dobrik additionally mentioned “different ladies” had raised considerations about Zeglaitis each privately and publicly, and he famous the unequal “energy dynamic” amongst Dobrik, his collaborators and others featured in his movies.

His follow-up message got here shortly after a number of manufacturers — together with DoorDash, Greenback Shave Membership and EA Sports activities — reduce ties with him. Moreover, the content material creator lately stepped down as a board member of his images app, Dispo, after one in every of its prime traders pulled its help.

“I’m sorry that I took Dom’s phrase for what occurred in these … conditions, and I didn’t consider you,” Dobrik mentioned Monday. “I platformed Dom. And … I platformed the topic of sexual assault in a damaging approach, the place I made jokes about it and I strengthened that sort of habits, and I’m so sorry.”

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