Amra “Flitz” Ricketts, a well-known YouTube star and member of the enormous network Smosh Game titles, has still left the group soon after getting accused by a number of women of all ages of sexual assault.
you know that effective promptly, I’m leaving Smosh Game titles,” Ricketts wrote on Twitter yesterday. “Last week I was accused of some of the worst factors possible by a group of old good friends and previous roommate. Whilst I deny all allegations in opposition to me, this group, my family members at Smosh Game titles, and the team driving it imply so substantially to me. I simply cannot risk this having a destructive impression on them.” Ricketts included that he is “working with a lawyer to disprove all false claims.”
Smosh Game titles is the gaming channel of the well-known YouTube sketch group, Smosh, which has in excess of 22 million subscribers and a demonstrate on YouTube’s compensated company, YouTube Crimson. Smosh Game titles has a huge fanbase on its possess, with in excess of 7 million subscribers on YouTube. Ricketts has on a regular basis contributed to the channel because 2014.
Ricketts’ resignation arrives many times soon after a series of accusations in opposition to him, starting up December 31, 2017, when performer Raquey Weird (who prefers to go by non-binary pronouns) wrote on Facebook that Ricketts experienced sexually assaulted them. In a lengthy story about dwelling with Ricketts in what they known as “a cult environment,” Weird accused the YouTube individuality of inviting Weird to his apartment for what Weird thought was a hangout but was essentially a group sex come upon. “I begun sensation really uneasy when he arrived up to me and fondled me,” Weird wrote. “I was upset and confronted him about consent. His response was that of, ‘oh fuck that. Do not pull that shit on me. Which is not how this operates. Not with me.’”
“As the sex commenced I did not know what to do,” Weird included. “At 1st I just lay there whilst four people today were being having sex all over me right until I begun getting touched and sensation as however I Experienced to take part. I was entirely coerced into the orgy.”
Numerous other Facebook customers responded in the reviews of Strange’s put up with what they say are their possess stories about Ricketts. “It is no mystery that I applied to consider Amra my ideal pal from 2013-2015,” wrote a commenter named Alyssa Paige Woodard. “The functions described I have either been a witness to, or are factors Raquey and many others have shared with me in the earlier.”
“Thank you for coming forward,” wrote YouTuber April “AprilEff” Fletcher. “I have been ready for my probability to publicly assist another person coming out in opposition to him as I have experienced evidence of him raping women of all ages because April of 2016.” Fletcher included on Twitter that three other women of all ages experienced told her about getting assaulted by Ricketts in 2016, when Fletcher accused YouTuber Toby Turner of assaulting her for the duration of their earlier marriage. (Turner denied individuals allegations.)
An additional YouTuber and streamer, Jessa Day, also spoke out about Ricketts, creating on Facebook in reaction to Raquey Strange’s put up that, “I imagine a large amount of you realized that Amra use[d] to be one particular of my ideal good friends. I really do not really wanna talk about my practical experience just however, but yeah, the shit is real.”
Ricketts did not answer to a request for remark.