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The Sam Pepper story gets even uglier: The YouTube "pranker" now faces accusations of sexual assault

The Sam Pepper situation just gets uglier and uglier. As YouTube sex educator Laci Green explains in the video above, Pepper, under fire for “prank” videos on YouTube that appear to show him sexually harassing numerous young women, is now facing serious accusations of sexual misconduct from numerous women – including, in one case, violent rape.

For those who haven’t been following the story as it’s developed over the past week: Sam Pepper is a former Big Brother UK cast member and YouTube personality best known for a series of unfunny “prank” videos which have often featured him sexually harassing women in various creepy ways.

Earlier this week, Pepper posted a video titled “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank,” that featured him grabbing the asses of various women he encountered on the street with his real hand – the fake hand (arm, actually) was a bit of a misdirect to make it look as though it wasn’t really him doing the pinching.

This apparently was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. After a groundswell of complaints about the blatant sexual harassment in the video, YouTube took it down.

Pepper responded with a second video, in which a woman went around pinching men’s asses, and then a third, in which he claimed, bizarrely, that the whole thing had been staged with actors in an attempt to bring public attention to the issue of … sexual harassment against men.

This claim reeks of bullshit. Over the course of his less-than-illustrious career Pepper has put forth numerous videos that feature similar sexual harassment of women — oh, sorry, “pranks.” If you go through his YouTube uploads, you’ll find videos in which he literally handcuffs himself to unsuspecting and clearly uncomfortable women, promising to release them if they kiss him. In other videos he forces kisses on other unsuspecting women; in yet another he and an accomplice literally lasso women and claim them for their own.

Are all these videos fake, too? Are they all part of his grand plan to bring light to sexual harassment against … men?

Or are they what they appear to be, videos in which Pepper harasses women and calls it pranking?

And is his big “reveal” video a sincere attempt to bring attention to sexual harassment of men?

Or is it a desperate attempt to spin his way out of a scandal of his own making and rescue his sleazy but extremely lucrative YouTube career, which is now in danger of imploding?

The answers to these questions seem pretty obvious to me.

And now, as Laci Green points out in the video above, women are coming forward to tell of their own (alleged) encounters with Pepper. Their stories paint a picture of Pepper as an overentitled sexual predator who uses his internet fame – he’s got 2.4 million YouTube followers – as a tool to exploit and abuse young women – and teenage girls.

Below, I’ve posted a video from the woman who says Pepper raped her. It’s harrowing to watch — and a big TRIGGER WARNING for graphic description of the alleged rape. She has also provided a written account here, including screenshots of texts she allegedly exchanged with Pepper.

I say “alleged” because the case has not been proven in court. But I believe her.

You can find another video from an accuser here. Laci Green’s Open Letter to Pepper — written before the latest round of accusations — is here. Green has been getting threatening emails that seem to be coming from Pepper himself; Pepper, on Twitter, claims that his email address is being “spoofed” and that the threats aren’t coming from him.  Buzzfeed, meanwhile, reports that Pepper is also being accused of soliciting nude photos from an underage girl. Another girl claims that Pepper sexually assaulted her when she was 15.

Follow Green on Twitter for updates as this develops. I suspect this is going to get even uglier still.

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talbotfish
talbotfish
7 years ago

Laci’s video was so powerful…she’s my hero

jbgarner58
7 years ago

Always happy to see a slimebag like this get some well-deserved backlash. Hopefully this is just the start of it.

mildlymagnificent
7 years ago

Oh, every week just gets better and better. This is deeply shitty.

Leela
Leela
7 years ago

I love Laci.

weirwoodtreehugger
7 years ago

Disgusting. If this piece of shit was trying to raise awareness about male harassment victims, he would have done something like post a video of men telling their stories. How does harassing women help when women are already constantly the victims of harassment?

Not that I’m saying anything Mammotheers don’t know but just in case one of Pepper’s fans takes his sorry ass over here to claim it was really about male harassment victims and we’re misandering I thought I’d make a preemptive comment.

ikanreed
ikanreed
7 years ago

“It’s about double standards!”
–Virtually every MRA liar.

NonServiam
7 years ago

If Sam Pepper has any concept of reality, he’ll make himself very invisible, very soon. I just hope that anyone who has been victimized by him can get any and all support, including legal, that they deserve.

cloudiah
7 years ago

Oddly enough, two days ago they were more skeptical about Sam Pepper’s story. (That poster does not seem to be a r/mr regular.

ikanreed
ikanreed
7 years ago

@cloudiah

That’s standards MensRights behavior triggering. Once any feminists raise a concern, it suddenly becomes the most important thing in the universe to prove them wrong.

As long as the hated, evil, feminists, who are out to destroy MANkind aren’t involved, there’s at least a pretense of approaching things critically.

cloudiah
7 years ago

Even /r/videos, which is usually filled with bigots, appears to recognize that Pepper is a piece of shit. Normally, posting a video by a feminist about anything would cause /r/videos to fly into a frothing rage about feminists, so I don’t know why Pepper is reviled there.

Shaun DarthBatman Day
7 years ago

I couldn’t find this on AVfWhinyEntitledAsshats, does anyone know if it’s real? Because it’s kind of glorious (and by glorious I mean even below their usual limbo standards).

http://misandry-mermaid.tumblr.com/post/44870412330/lol-wut

vraydar
7 years ago

http://youtu.be/b3DtUuy4KvI

Video of Sam Pepper on Big Brother harassing a housemate…and then laughing about it. He’s a deviant.

Shaun DarthBatman Day
7 years ago

Here is John Scalzi with some brain bleach (I really should read one of his books some day).

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2014/09/25/an-anti-feminist-walks-into-a-bar-a-play-in-five-acts/

maistrechat
7 years ago

Shaun

his books are really good. He does a great takedown of the Heinlein-ian military sf genre.

Also, Redshirts is hilarious. (See my blog)

Luzbelitx
7 years ago

What the..
I just..
This…

I shouldn’t read this while having lunch on my desk.

Luzbelitx
7 years ago

Whahappened with those double dots??

Well, hat makes 7 ou of 9. Not bad.

Shaun DarthBatman Day
7 years ago

Luzbelitx, as long as it’s not a fedora…

Shaun DarthBatman Day
7 years ago

*couldn’t resist*

Luzbelitx
7 years ago

Hahaaha thanks Shaun!

I think my keyboard is most definitely up to something.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
7 years ago

@David

Really?! Do they actually think it’s illegal to say you think someone’s a rapist if they’re later found not guilty in court?

https://ia802307.us.archive.org/13/items/gov.uscourts.ord.115658/gov.uscourts.ord.115658.docket.html

The background: a woman (Plunkett, the defendant) reported to the police that she had been raped and strangled by her soon-to-be-ex-husband (now ex, the plaintiff Schwern). She also told some friends. The authorities did not bring charges. The friends put some stuff on Twitter and on a couple of websites about how this dude is now persona non grata in their circle and why. They are both active in a couple of organizations so more than just a small group of people saw the posts.

Schwern is now suing Plunkett for bunches of money on the grounds that she ruined his reputation. Plunkett’s defense is that this is a SLAPP designed to intimidate and infringe her right to, y’know, go to the police and talk to her friends about something that happened to her.

The current status is that Plunkett’s lawyer has been asking for the case to be dismissed on the grounds of SLAPP legislation, and Schwen’s lawyer is fighting this and trying to discover Plunkett into bankruptcy.

So, not illegal exactly, but this line of reasoning definitely says that you should be sued into the ground if you say someone is a rapist and they aren’t convicted of rape.

Obviously this is bullshit, and it’s absolutely stunning to me that getting this suit dismissed is turning out to be so difficult for Plunkett’s lawyer.

Shaun DarthBatman Day
7 years ago

It’s a misandrist keyboard. Mocking hats is MISANDRY!

I’m pretty sure, because everything else is misandry.

freemage
freemage
7 years ago

From the link to the article the victim wrote, which included the screenshots:

As I explained, there is no physical evidence. I went to Kaiser (I could probably get hospital records but that’s extreme), they said you can’t get a SART exam without filing a police report, that was out of the question for me, and still is, so I went home. I went to a rape clinic the next day for free treatment and they told me the same thing. I did not take pictures of the bruises on my hip and hid the cuts on my face with make up. I never had any intentions of doing anything about this. Besides forgetting it.

This is making me see red. Rape victims are often in shock for days after the trauma. The notion that they can’t ask for the evidence-preserving exam until after they’ve made up their mind whether or not to come forward for the arduous process of filing a charge is vile and disgusting. It might make sense not to process the kit contents until charges are filed–the labs are already hideously backed up, anyway. But to not do the kit at all?

Seriously, fuck every last fuckhead involved with making that fucking fuckheaded policy.

hellkell
hellkell
7 years ago

What a piece of shit. If anyone believes Pepper really did this to raise awareness of sexual harassment against men, I’ve got some swampland to sell them.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

Thing is, even if it had been a social experiment (which is bullshit), did he get consent from all the women featured in the first video to take part in that experiment. Did they all sign a form saying “yes, you may pretend to grab my ass, FOR SCIENCE?” Because if not, those women were just as harassed regardless of what he claims that his intentions were.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

And is his big “reveal” video a sincere attempt to bring attention to sexual harassment of men?

Or is it a desperate attempt to spin his way out of a scandal of his own making and rescue his sleazy but extremely lucrative YouTube career, which is now in danger of imploding?

Ooh ooh, I know! *waves hand* The video was really a sincere attempt to focus public attention on the plight of minor celebrity douchebulbs who think groping women without consent is comedy.

If his intent all along had been to make some convoluted meta-point about male harrassment, then shouldn’t he have created role-reversal and “reveal” videos for his previous pranks as well? It wasn’t until he started getting pushback that all of a sudden he became an armchair gender studies professor.

weirwoodtreehugger
7 years ago

I’m sure to dudes like Pepper and his fans male harassment = being asked not to harass women.

LBT
LBT
7 years ago

🙁

Just… 🙁

maistrechat
7 years ago
Reply to  LBT

In slightly more lighthearted news, the Deseret News published an anti-same sex marriage editorial today.

Aside from the fact that it should probably be served with Thousand Island dressing, the author unintentionally argues that marriages between two women are the ideal.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865611777/Dont-make-women-optional-in-marriage.html

damselindetech
7 years ago

To those who say that rape jokes are benign and that everyone knows assaulting women is wrong “Duh!” and that we shouldn’t take folks in the media like Sam Pepper and Daniel Tosh seriously, here’s mud in your eye.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to scream obscenities into this pillow for the next hour.

strivingally
7 years ago

Worth noting that Laci did in fact seek a fair bit of legal advice regarding her wording before putting that video up, so she’s not ignorant of the potential for legal repercussions.

For me this is a perfect example of the sliding scale of rape culture: dude crosses women’s boundaries and violates their bodily autonomy without consent, plays it for laughs, tries to minimize or redirect when called out on it, and his fans come after LG for “attacking” Pepper when he “hasn’t done anything wrong”. And also he, or one of his fans who’s okay with pretending to be him, has made some nasty email threats to try and scare her into silence. And now it turns out the dude may have actually raped women.

Guys who think it’s okay to ignore women’s objections in one area are far less likely to respect the boundaries women try to set up in other areas. *THAT* is rape culture in a nutshell.

strivingally
7 years ago

Worth noting that Laci did in fact seek a fair bit of legal advice regarding her wording before putting that video up, so she’s not ignorant of the potential for legal repercussions.

For me this is a perfect example of the sliding scale of rape culture: dude crosses women’s boundaries and violates their bodily autonomy without consent, plays it for laughs, tries to minimize or redirect when called out on it, and his fans come after LG for “attacking” Pepper when he “hasn’t done anything wrong”. And also he, or one of his fans who’s okay with pretending to be him, has made some nasty email threats to try and scare her into silence. And now it turns out the dude may have actually raped women.

Guys who think it’s okay to ignore women’s objections in one area are far less likely to respect the boundaries women try to set up in other areas. *THAT* is rape culture in a nutshell.

(not sure if I’m getting bumped to moderation for using the r-word multiple times)

blahlistic (@blahlistic)

I can’t load videos at work, but if someone handcuffed themselves to me I doubt they’d have time to ask for a kiss.
I would freak the hell out.

Bina
Bina
7 years ago

A week ago, I had no idea who this Sam Pepper shit was. Wish I still didn’t. That girl in the second video reminds me so much of Tori Amos singing “Me and a Gun”, which of course was also about a rape. Right down to the tremor in her voice.

I hope someone nails this fucker’s creepy ‘nads to the wall.

Adam
Adam
7 years ago

Ooof.
Listening to that story reminds me of the time my girlfriend recounted her rape to me. It never gets easier to hear. I hope things go well for her.

lordpabu
lordpabu
7 years ago

Sam Pepper is just the most slime-drenched illicit spawn of a slack-jawed eel that ever slithered from a trench. I didn’t know about him until I saw Laci Green’s video yesterday, but I hate the dude. If someone hand-cuffed themselves to me and then told me they wouldn’t release me until I kissed them I would try to pound them into the earth. Partly because I came from an abusive home and flash back like a vet from ‘nam when cornered by men (thanks, physical abuse) but also because I get severely skeeved out when men try to kiss me even if I have room to run (thanks, past sex abuse). The sad thing about it is that I would suspect deep down that by acting in an aggressive manner toward the man who hand cuffed me I would probably get the shit beat out of me in return, but while that knowledge terrifies me it has never stopped me before. I’m more afraid of what will happen if I don’t act at all. My very worst fear is failing to guard against the worst people on this planet because I believe deep in my bones that their actions should never be allowed to go unpunished. Even if I become a punching bag for all my pride and stubborn sense of justice.

That said, if anyone tries to say women should always fight back in these scenarios they are a piece of shit. I just want to announce this preemptively, in case a troll strolls through and takes what I said the wrong way. I do insane, gutsy things because I’ve been deeply traumatized in my past due to power imbalances and fear nothing more than losing that power over myself all over again. Not everyone is the same, and we should all be grateful for that.

Just…that guy. Ugh, that guy. *shudders*

kittehserf - MOD
kittehserf - MOD
7 years ago

lordpabu, hugs if they’re wanted, kudos in any case.

If someone hand-cuffed themselves to me and then told me they wouldn’t release me until I kissed them I would try to pound them into the earth.

Seconded. I don’t have an abusive background, would be afraid, also, of getting hurt worse – but I would want to put a man who did that in a great deal of pain.

marinerachel
7 years ago

I’d begin screaming for help.

katz
7 years ago

In slightly more lighthearted news, the Deseret News published an anti-same sex marriage editorial today.

Aside from the fact that it should probably be served with Thousand Island dressing, the author unintentionally argues that marriages between two women are the ideal.

I love the blissful lack of awareness with which he says “Women’s unpaid work is vital to society.”

kittehserf - MOD
kittehserf - MOD
7 years ago

Ideally I’d have a sword-cane. Hell, I use a walking stick anyway, and producing something that would make Mr Pepper or whoever shit themselves would be interesting.

strivingally
7 years ago

I’m just trying to envision what would happen if I were to handcuff myself to an unwilling woman (in public or not). Even thinking about keeping myself attached to a clearly uncomfortable and creeped-out woman is making me feel kinda sick. Somehow I think my reaction is a more appropriate one than trying to make it into a “prank” at her expense for dudebros to laugh at on the internet.

tl;dr – what is wrong with this guy?!

lordpabu
lordpabu
7 years ago

Thanks kitteserf, I will accept ALL the hugs. :3

I think I often feel the need to contextualize my reasons for being aggressive in these situations because every time there has been one dude in a group of men and non-feminist women who has triggered me I get blamed. Like I should just be chill when my boundaries are being tested and I’m being treated badly. But really, a person shouldn’t have to have been though what I’ve been through in order to be justified in defending themselves in whatever way they see fit. Hell, maybe we’d have fewer traumatized people on this planet if we all thought it was okay to stand up for ourselves in the beginning.

As for having a sword-cane in that scenario? Hells to the yes! I would pay good money to not only see Pepper’s face in that scenario, but to get a high resolution print and put it on my wall. Which I would probably then draw all over and ultimately transform into a snarky screen print or painting, because that’s what I do.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

Nobody needs an excuse for telling someone to back the fuck up and stop ignoring their boundaries If people are demanding an excuse when you attempt to do so, they’re probably not good people to be around, especially if they don’t get it when you try to explain why you shouldn’t have to give them what they consider a valid “excuse”.

kittehserf - MOD
kittehserf - MOD
7 years ago

Lordpabu, I agree entirely.

I love your screen print or painting idea. 😈

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

Let’s just pretend there was some punctuation in there between “boundaries” and “If”.

kittehserf - MOD
kittehserf - MOD
7 years ago

What disturbs me a little is when the general “don’t talk about violently punishing people” spills into “don’t say that you want to hurt someone who’s assaulting you”. Because damn right I want to hurt anyone doing what this Pepper does, whether it was to me or a woman nearby.

katz
7 years ago

Did you guys see this parody video?

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

One of the victims was talking about going to Kaiser – does this shithead live in the Bay Area? If so, starting a petition to attach him to a bungee cord and harness and push him off the Golden Gate Bridge. Totally safe, but probably not much fun for him, and would provide great amusement for everyone else. We could even call it a social experiment.