YouTuber James Charles Admits To Messaging Two 16-Year-Olds

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James Charles sexting allegations: Beauty vlogger James Charles has admitted to sending sexually explicit messages to two 16-year-old boys. He posted the confession video titled “Holding myself accountable” to his YouTube page after the recent allegations took over social media that he exchanged sexually explicit messages with minors. In the video, he apologised to fans and told them he was “being reckless.” The legal age of consent in the US is 18.

The 21-year-old influencer said in a video, “I fully understand my actions and how they are wrong” and publicly apologised for making people “uncomfortable” with his actions.

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Earlier this year, several minor boys came forward on social media to share allegations of inappropriate sexual experiences with Charles, who has 25 million subscribers to his YouTube channel. He was first accused of “grooming” in February and one teenage boy claimed that he pressured him into sexting over Snapchat.

Grooming is when the offender engages in predatory conduct to prepare a child or minor person for sexual activity before they are actually sexually abused. It can include communicating and/or attempting to establish a relationship.

Another person posted screenshots alleging that Charles flirted with him on Instagram despite knowing he was underage. Most recently, a 15-year-old on TikTok posted screenshots from alleged conversations with Charles and said that he later blocked him and accused him of lying. He also claimed that Charles knew he was underage and continued the conversations anyway.

Further admitted his wrongdoing, Charles confessed that there were two incidents – one last year and one more recently – where he found out that the person he was texting with was underage. “These conversations should have never happened, point blank, period. There’s no excuse for it, ” Charles said in the 14-minute video. Noted here that Charles previously denied the allegations, however, in the video he admittedly said he “fucked up.”

He also apologised to the boys involved in the matter and said that the situation “embarrassing” for all of them. He also said he would take time away from posting on social media to “educate” himself about these issues.

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