Jake Paul has denied allegations made against him by TikTok star Justine Paradise who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2019.
In a 20-minute video posted on YouTube, Paradise alleges Paul grabbed her face at his home in California and forced her to perform oral sex on him, and touched her inappropriately without consent.
On one particular occasion, Paul is alleged to have pulled her into the corner of his studio and started kissing her before they both went to his bedroom.
It was here Paradise claims he made advances she did not want.
“Sex is very special and very important to me,” she said in her video.
“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.”
Paul insisted the claims made are against him are ‘100 per cent false.’
The 24-year-old is currently preparing for a boxing match against retired UFC fighter Ben Askren and pointed out the timing of the accusation, released on Friday a week before his fight.
Paradise said she had waited for two years to speak out because she had signed a non-disclosure agreement, something which was allegedly required of all guests who entered Paul’s home.
Jake Paul denies sexual assault claim
In a lengthy statement, Paul wrote this on his social media channels.
“Sexual assault accusations aren’t something that I or anyone should ever take lightly, but to be crystal clear, this claim made against me is 100 per cent false.
“Not only have I never had any sexual relationship with this individual but this claim is solely a manufactured accusation and a blatant attempt for attention during a highly visible fight week. Make no mistake, I plan on pursuing this defamation of character case to the fullest extent of the law. There are irreparable damages from these types of accusations and more importantly false allegations of this nature diminish those who have truly been victims of misconduct.
“Again this individual is directly using the attention from her social media posts and video to promote her adult content website and Amazon shopping list — designed for people to buy her gifts. These allegations come conveniently for her, almost two years after the alleged incident and the week of my fight (of course.)
“At the time of her story, I was in a relationship and as someone who was a momma’s boy growing up, I respect women and mothers more than anything. I most certainly have never laid a finger on a girl without their consent. I will fight this to the end to prove my innocence.
“This isn’t the first preposterous allegation made against me in my career and it most likely won’t be the last. As someone who has lived in the spotlight since the age of 16, dealing with liars, fake news and false accusations unfortunately is a part of this job. I won’t back down from it and years from now my character as individual will show and shine through these dark moments.”
Paul’s representative Daniel E. Gardenswartz later told the BBC: “Our client is aware of the recent allegation against him.
“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.
“Our client believes that any false allegations diminish the credibility of those who have truly been victims of misconduct.”