Team 10 Ex-COO Nick Crompton Claims Jake Paul’s Pranks Are Fake
10 October 2018
Nick Crompton, the departed COO of Paul’s vlogger-group Team 10, confirmed to Dawson that all of the pranks Paul has pulled in his vlogs, including ones that have caused him to become the subject of legal action, and even resulted in the departure of other Team 10 members amid allegations of bullying, are fake.
“I feel like pretty much everyone that’s a little bit older knows that it’s all fake. It’s just difficult to say that they’re fake when there’s still loads of young kids watching and enjoying it. The prank in which Paul destroys a bedroom belonging to former members The Martinez Twins was also staged” says Crompton in a one-on-one interview with Dawson.
If the prank on the Martinez Twins was staged, this would call into question their claims that Paul tortured them with his unrelenting antics. In November 2017 Ivan and Emilio Martinez accused Jake Paul of a string of allegations, including harassment, racism and coercing the twins into performing an act that they have described as "assault".
Dawson said that the surprising revelation changes his opinion of Paul, and makes him “look less impulsive and crazy.”
Paul has been sued by various landlords and property owners where he has filmed destructive stunts, and he is even reportedly facing a suit from a man who claims that his hearing was damaged by a prank involving a car horn.
Legal issues and controversies
Disturbances in Beverly Grove
On July 18, 2017, it was reported that Paul's neighbors in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles were meeting with city council members and police officials regarding whether to file a class-action public nuisance lawsuit against Paul. This came after Paul made his home address public, leading crowds of fans to gather outside Paul's residence, and noise complaints by neighbors. On April 24, 2018, it was reported that Paul was sued by Cobra Acquisitions, the company that owns the house, for $2.5 million.
Separation from Disney
On July 22, 2017, during the middle of filming the second season of Bizaardvark, the Disney Channel announced that Paul would be leaving the series, saying in a statement "We've mutually agreed that Jake Paul will leave his role on the Disney Channel series 'Bizaardvark'. On behalf of the production company, the cast and crew, we thank Jake for his good work on the TV series for the past 18 months and extend our best wishes to him." The announcement followed a KTLA 5 news report about public complaints from Paul's neighbors regarding the noise generated by Paul's pranks, parties, fire hazards and the large crowds of Paul's fans congregating in their neighborhood. Paul later confirmed the news on his Twitter page, saying he would now focus more on his personal brand, his YouTube channel, his business ventures, and more adult acting roles. Paul later revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he was actually fired from Bizaardvark by Disney who wanted to expedite the process of weaning him off the show due to the KTLA segment.
Explicit YouTube video
On January 3, 2018, Paul uploaded a video to his YouTube channel titled "I lost my virginity" which caused controversy for being too sexually explicit and inappropriate for his younger audience. The video was criticized for its thumbnail which featured Paul and his then-girlfriend Erika Costell semi-nude on a bed with Costell on top of Paul in a sexual position. The thumbnail was later changed with both Paul and Costell fully clothed and not touching each other. Later, a video had been leaked by TMZ which featured Paul explicitly using the word "nigga" whilst rapping. In the video, Paul uses the word twice, saying "little ass nigga" and "I whip it like my nigga Richie Vetter, he make the pussy so wet it gets wetter."
EXTRA REFERENCES: Wikipedia, Shane Dawson
|Written by: Sue Heywood|