James Charles’ has officially lost 3 million subscribers on YouTube after a bitter war erupted between Tati Westbrook and him last week. However, new details emerged yesterday that poke holes in Westbrook’s most significant allegation that Charles’ manipulated a straight man’s sexuality in Seattle. Now, text messages between James and friend Nikita Dragun support his claims that the security provided by Sugar Bear Hair was not prearranged as alleged by Tati Westbrook.
The never-ending YouTube drama has taken control of the media. After Tati Westbrook uploaded a video titled “Bye Sister,” last week, Jame Charles’ reputation has tanked. More than 3 million people believed Westbrook’s tale that Charles’ is a sexual predator that uses fame and power to manipulate straight men into having sex with him.
During her video, Westbrook offered no proof for any of her claims. She said a phone call from James Charles’ made her “want to vomit.” Then she proceeded to go off about how the young model preys on straight men and cons them into sexual trysts.
A quick scan of James Charles’ YouTube and Twitter, there is no doubt Charles has an affinity for straight men. He tweets about them all the time. In multiple videos on YouTube, he openly discusses hooking up with straight men on the down low.
James Charles’ is 19 years old. Many teens and young men are still exploring their sexuality. For this reason, gay men hooking up with bi-curious or bi-sexual men is not out of the norm.
Westbrook adamantly believed that Charles’ manipulated a waiter in Seattle into hooking up with him. However, a video uploaded by the waiter yesterday completely debunks that claim. In the video, Sam Cooke admitted to being “bi-curious.” Additionally, Cooke revealed that he reached out to James Charles after meeting him at a restaurant.
By the waiter’s account, the make-out session that happened with James was completely consensual. The two men made out for around an hour. After they were finished, Cooke said he decided to go home.
Only after the make-out session did Cooke say he realized he “probably wasn’t gay.” He shared a screenshot where he told James he wasn’t interested. In James’ response, the model seemed confused and hurt.
As far as the sexual encounter, nothing to me adds up to James being a predator. Now, this doesn’t mean he hasn’t been in the past, but in the case referenced by Tati, this claim does not pass the sniff test.
Another claim made by Westbrook in the video was that James prearranged a sponsorship with Sugar Bear Hair to gain backstage passes at Coachella. In her video, Tati outlined her belief that James’ must have signed a contract with the company weeks before attending the event. In her eyes, there was no way that the vitamin company would happen to help the model at the concert.
However, that story appears to be made on shaky ground. Yesterday, Nikita Dragun, a friend of James Charles, released text messages of a conversation she had with her friend. In the texts, Charles asks Dragun to reach out to Sugar Bear Hair for help with security. He told his friend he was being mobbed and needed help. For their help, he said he would do a video on Instagram for them.
Nikita Dragun agreed to reach out to the company and asked the company to help Charles. The company agreed to help James. The rest is now history.
While Tati Westbrook believes the entire sponsorship was pre-planned, the message from the weekend of Coachella proves otherwise.
Thankfully, Tea Spill, a YouTube channel, reached out to beauty influencer Gabriel Zamora to clarify the text messages between Nikita and James Charles. Zamora insisted that his friend met Sugar Bear Hair the first weekend of Coachella. However, no business relationship developed that weekend.
Instead, James reached out to a friend the following weekend to help him.
Some people argue that Zamora and Dragun are lying for their friend. However, based on the timeline and texts, their receipts match their stories.
What is for certain is that in Tati Westbrook’s 43-minute video she never provided any evidence for any of her claims. Her assertation that a relationship with Sugar Bear Hair was pre-planned was based on her knowledge of the business. She assumed the company arranged the deal with James ahead of time. However, the agreement appears to have happened without any planning.
Both of these arguments are huge reasons people are unfollowing James Charles’ by the millions. People took Tati Westbrook’s word and trusted her claims about James Charles.
After trusting her, the internet turned into a mob of mean girls. The takedown of James Charles became a game. The entire situation reminds me of high school.
Tati Westbrook may have had reservations about James Charles. She may not have agreed with his behavior. However, Westbrook admitted on the video that she had not spoken to James before filming. Without talking to him, she made a lot of assumptions.
If you are going to expose someone online, you need to provide proof. What is most shocking to me is that everyone believed this woman without a scrap of a receipt.
As I’ve dug into this story more than I care to admit, I’m starting to believe this entire drama was fueled by anger. Tati was angry that James Charles sponsored a competitor’s vitamin. Westbrook had known for years about James Charles’ bad behavior. However, his ‘predatory’ actions only became problematic after he aired the advertisement for Sugar Bear Hair.
She then crafted a calculated video with big claims and stories of terrible behavior. All the while in the video, she pushed the value of her vitamins and her company. Since uploading the video, she has gained more than 4 million subscribers.
Based on the evidence that’s come forward, Westbrook seems more like a jilted friend than a concerned citizen. If James would have supported her vitamins, would she have still outed his “predatory” behavior?
James Charles is no saint. He says horrible things and makes poor choices in dating. Additionally, he might use his power and influence to manipulate men. However, there has been no evidence thus far to date to support those claims.
The internet is over-reacting to a feud between friends. Also, people seem to enjoy dragging someone all over the internet for fun. Let’s hope karma doesn’t come back and bite these people in the butts later on.
*The information contained in this piece are the opinions of Katie Joy of Without a Crystal Ball.
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