Today, Twitch banned and separated Ali “Gross Gore” Larsen, a longtime streamer and subject of controversy, after old and new allegations of sexual assault came to light last weekend.
TOThe complaints arose after the 28-year-old Larsen, who has been suspended for Twitch numerages throughout the years, made a post on the RoastMe subreddit on Friday. This prompted users to discuss previous allegations against him, culminating in long lists of indiscretions from Larsen, including videos of Larsen himself talking about the times he asked a 15-year-old to show him her breasts (he was 18 at the time) and slept with a 16-year-old when he was 20, as well as a video in which Another streamer, Jenna, accuses him of sexually assaulting her during TwitchCon. Threads also referenced a number of incidents in the UK. Runescape Runefest convention in 2018, which Kotaku informed at that time, including a video in which Larsen appears to grab a woman’s face and try to kiss her, as well as multiple allegedly inappropriate comments towards the women that culminated in a physical altercation between Larsen and another streamer, Skiddler, which was dispersed by staff at the hotel and the policeman.
In the wake of the resurgence of these allegations, a woman named Eve came forward on Saturday with her own story, saying that Larsen prepared it in 2008, when she was 13 and he was 16. “Ali offered me video opportunities, chat ratings from clans, and appear on your personal YouTube channel “, wrote in a Twitlonger. “In return, all I had to do was moan while he masturbated … Even at 13 I knew he was doing something wrong, but I didn’t understand until many years later how he used his power over me to help him masturbate. “
During a Discord call, Jenna said Kotaku that Larsen was like a “big brother” to her for a long time, but during a party at TwitchCon 2019, she got drunk and refused to stop touching her arms, legs, and thighs while the two were on a couch. Finally, he asked to grab her face. “It was very creepy,” Jenna said. Kotaku, noting that he had previously witnessed and spoken to Larsen about other cases of sexual assault at events, during which he believes he was drunk as well. “Then he started begging to catch me. And I was like ‘No friend, you are my brother. Stop this ‘”. She says she ended up leaving the party shortly after.
In response to the allegations, Larsen posted a YouTube video on Saturday in which he claimed that some complaints, such as the video of Jenna accusing him of sexual assault, were false or taken out of context, and that he had already apologized for others and had turned a new page. “There are some disgusting things from my past and I can promise you that it is not me today,” he said. “I look back, I shudder, I am ashamed and I am very sorry.”
Now, several days later, Twitch has banned him and stripped him of his partner status, which means he probably won’t be coming back this time. In a statement to Kotaku, Twitch cited its rules against inappropriate behavior off the platform.
“The safety of our community is our top priority,” a Twitch spokesperson said in an email. “We take appropriate action when we have evidence that a streamer has acted in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service, including in certain cases where the behavior may have taken place outside of Twitch. These apply to all streamers regardless of their status or prominence in the community. “
The spokesperson specifically mentioned a rule that reads: “We may take action against people for hateful or harassing conduct that occurs outside of Twitch services and is directed at Twitch users.”
Kotaku He also approached Larsen, who pointed to a video you posted on Twitter shortly after being banned. In the video, Larsen showed viewers the email he received from Twitch, which cited “adult sexual exploitation” as the reason for his ban.
“I don’t know what to believe anymore,” Larsen said in the video. “I do not know what to say anymore. I’m so used to being thrown around in this community, and I like to be bullied and annoyed. They’re bringing out things from 2016. “
He speculated that Twitch banned him for a “revenge porn” incident in which he allegedly sent nudes to the mother of a teenage streamer, but said he just showed his mother his Instagram account and that she was 18 years old at that time. moment. “This is a Twitch mistake,” he concluded, adding that he will begin streaming on YouTube tomorrow.
Despite a long list of alleged violations, Twitch took its time to ban Larsen. In 2018, he had already been suspended numerous times, including in 2016 after harassing a Riot employee. In a video that Larsen released after Runefest 2018, said Twitch would have permanently banned it if “someone on Twitch” hadn’t stepped in on their behalf. Instead, the company suspended it for a month and prevented him from attending TwitchCon, suggesting that he was well aware of the seriousness of his actions at Runefest. Since then, Larsen has managed to keep growing his Twitch audience to half a million followers. Larsen’s ban comes almost a year later Twitch’s #MeToo Reckoning, which resulted in the company ban multiple streamers accused of sexual assault and pledging to “continue to evaluate the allegations against individuals affiliated with Twitch and explore ways that Twitch can collaborate with other industry leaders on this important issue.” Months later, the company also ended up separating from an employee accused of sexual assault by a streamer.
Jenna hopes something good will come out of Larsen’s Twitch ban. “I feel bad, really, but he’s doing it to himself,” she said. “Obviously what he is doing is terrible and unforgivable. You really need help, or you will continue to hurt people. That’s all about it. Maybe Twitch banning it will force him to go get that help. “
In response to Larsen’s Twitch ban and everything else that has happened, Eve said Kotaku that she’s “happy and ready to move on,” but that Larsen’s response to her ban left her cold.
“He never came near me, and all he wanted was a sincere, private apology and acknowledgment,” Eve wrote in a DM. “It has been doing the same thing for more than 10 years. If he wanted to dismiss my story as a child, then why didn’t this behavior end when he grew up? Honestly, I was hoping that after writing my story he would reach out, apologize, and I could go ahead and tell him I forgive him. But that video just showed me how much I wasn’t sorry and deserved to be banned. I have no doubt in my mind if it wasn’t forbidden, there would be more stories in the future of Ali assaulting or sexually harassing women. Without being held accountable, I don’t think he sees a reason to change. “