David Dobrik amassed millions of subscribers on YouTube as part of a group called the Vlog Squad. But an investigation detailing sexual assault allegations against a former Vlog Squad member has led many viewers to angrily re-evaluate his work.https://t.co/jpcNBl9FzP— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 22, 2021
Last week, popular YouTube act the "Vlog Squad" faced accusations that member "Durte Dom" [TW: Rape]raped a woman (pseudonym Hannah) while she was too intoxicated to consent after being fed hard liquor at a Vlog Squad party. The leader and face of the group, David Dobrik (whom you may know from all those viral Tesla giveaways), filmed pieces of the assault and uploaded a vlog to his channel that used the footage as part of a consensual threesome plot. Original post with further details here.
Dobrik's brief, insubstantial apology for his part in the assault was met with criticism, and he has now been dropped by many of his sponsors, among them: Hello Fresh (“We can confirm that we are no longer working with David Dobrik or any member of the Vlog Squad and do not have any plans to work with them again in the future"), Dollar Shave Club ("We’ve made the decision to end our relationship and cancel all planned activity"), EA Sports ("We are not currently working with [Dobrik] nor do we have any plans to in future"), DoorDash ("DoorDash profoundly condemns the behavior of the Vlog Squad members, and we have terminated our sponsorship of David Dobrik’s podcast ‘Views'"), and HBO Max ("We can confirm that David and the Vlog Squad are not on the list for any upcoming campaigns, and we don't intend to work with them again in the future"). SeatGeek, one of Dobrik's biggest sponsors, have not yet dropped him but have stated that they are aware of the allegations and reviewing the situation and their partnership.
Finally, Dobrik announced late on Sunday night that he was stepping down from his photo sharing app Dispo. This news followed a statement from venture capital firm Spark Capital that they were severing all ties with the company in light of the allegations against Dobrik (Spark Capital spearheaded Dispo's $20 million Series A financing round in February).
No word from Dobrik yet on what this means for his 9.5 million dollar LA house and its Hawaiian Punch fountain.