YouTuber Joe Vargas, the host of the Angry Joe Show YouTuber channel issued a statement in response to #MeToo accusations from a Twitter user named “Queen of The Feeders.”
Vargas’ statement comes amid a two-week period where a number of individuals have been accused of sexual misconduct including DC Comics’ former Batgirl writer Cameron Stewart and Netflix’s Castlevania scribe Warren Ellis among others.
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Vargas was accused by a Twitter user named “Queen of The Feeders” and claimed that he exhibited predatory behavior during her Pax East visit in 2018.
She also alleged that Joe was trying to use his influence as a public figure to coerce her into sex.
After staying quiet but seeing other women come forward and with encouragement from my boyfriend, I decided to finally say who it was that attempted to coerce me into sex at PAX East in 2018. https://t.co/xc55z3vWJE
— Queen of the Feeders (@WookieMonsterTV) June 20, 2020
This Tweet is all that is left of the accuser’s statement. They have since deleted their Medium article and when clicking on the link you receive a 410 error that states, “The author deleted this Medium story.”
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Fortunately, YouTuber Vara Dark covered the original accusations from Queen of the Feeders and you can see it in her video below. You can find an archive link to the article here as well.
The accusations claim that Joe asked the accuser to take a shower with him in his hotel room, but she turned him down. It goes on to detail that she had dinner with a number of YouTube executives alongside Joe, and he referred to her as his “girl.”
Following this dinner, they went to a bar where she claims that Joe had his hands around her and was signaling with his body language that she was with him. While at the bar she claims she eventually stepped outside and made a phone call to her boyfriend.
During this phone call, she claims that Joe “spun” her around and “started interrogating” her about who she was talking to. Joe even asks if she was talking to her boyfriend, but she details that she lied and said “No.”
The accuser informs Joe that she was talking to her friend Allen. Joe then asks to confirm Allen’s identity and looks him up on Twitter. She then details that her boyfriend informs her to leave the bar.
When she goes to get her purse that was still inside the bar, she claims that Joe and two other people stop her. She details that Joe tells her its not safe to return to her AirBnB with Allen and that Allen might rape her.
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She then details that Joe pulled her off to the side out of sight of the bouncer and the bar and pushed her against a wall and asked her what her idea was. She then writes that Joe accuses her of using him to grow her platform.
She then accuses Joe of trying to get her to come back to his hotel. After that some people come outside and ask if the two were okay. She then details she goes inside to get her purse.
After she comes back outside she claims Joe offers to pay for her cab. She refuses then details that she walked four to five blocks away and ordered her own cab.
Vargas initially responded to the accusations on Twitter writing, ” want everyone to know that there’s been some false accusations made against me & that I’m taking this very seriously, my lawyers are now involved & I will have a full and complete public response shortly, but I have to let them do their job first.”
I want everyone to know that there’s been some false accusations made against me & that I’m taking this very seriously, my lawyers are now involved & I will have a full and complete public response shortly, but I have to let them do their job first.
— Joe Vargas (@AngryJoeShow) June 22, 2020
He then released a full statement.
Statement from Angry Joe
— Joe Vargas (@AngryJoeShow) June 23, 2020
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You can read the full statement below:
“It has come to my attention that someone I met at a public event more than two years ago, and I have had no contact with since, is now suddenly leveling allegations against me on social media. I want to be absolutely clear. These allegations are not true and anyone who looks at the facts can plainly see that. I have no idea why this person has decided to do this at this time but the fact that a defamatory smear posted on the Internet can ruin lives these days compels me to make this statement.
Here are the facts. This person approached me and my colleagues at a Twitch Party introducing herself as a fellow content creator who was interested in hanging out and networking. We exchanged Twitter handles. She then DM’ed me that same night at 2:16 am asking to see me again. I agreed and invited her to my public panel the next day then to a YouTube dinner meeting with account managers afterward. She showed up to my panel with a male friend who was more than welcome to join us at any point throughout the rest of the day or night after the panel concluded.
After my panel, we met up with my friend Other Joe and we all traveled together to the hotel where she chose to wait while I showered and got ready for the dinner. At no point did anything improper happen. I never offered or suggested sex. At the meeting I helped her network her channels with YouTube partner managers. After the dinner my friends and I attended another party in a public place. She tagged along. At the party she checked her bag/belongings. At no point did I ever take her phone or purse or deny her access to them. In fact she posted photos to her Twitter of her with other people throughout the night. I never grabbed, dragged, pushed, pulled, cornered, or spun her in any direction as she claims. I did not make her stay by my side at all times as she claims. We mingled at the party separately much of the time.
All of these facts can be confirmed by numerous people who were there that evening and her own account confirms these events. In her post she claims that she believed that I was pressuring her for sex. This is completely untrue. I never suggested sex, I never spoke about sex. I never touched her inappropriately. She is a grown up and we were out in public and she could have left at any time. I was just trying to help someone who had expressed interest in the industry and my show. I never imagined that this could be a bad thing.
Sexual assault is an alarming accusation and should always be taken seriously. If I or anyone had committed an offense then it should be reported to the police and investigated thoroughly. I urge this person to do that if she believes an offense occurred so I can clear my name. However instead of affording me due process, she decided to post false claims out of the blue more than two years later. The consequence is damage to not only my reputation, career, and brand, but also those whom I employ, my friends and my family – all because many people don’t bother to examine the facts, only the salacious headline.
This is now a serious legal matter. On the advice of my attorneys, all my future statements about this will be through the legal process. My lawyers are sending this person a cease and desist letter. Of course she is free to express her opinions about me all she wants. What she is not allowed to do is lie about me or defame me to the public and suggest that I am a sexual predator when I am not. If her defamation continues, I will be forced to take further legal action.
I have been in the public eye for 12 years now and all of this frustrates me so much because fabricated and embellished stories like hers do a disservice to victims of sexual harassment and abuse. I want to thank those who resisted the temptation to rush to judgment and took the time to look at the facts. Thank you for your support.”
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In a subsequent tweet, Vargas added, “I also want to make clear even in her own follow-up tweets she walks back her story and now claims that I never assaulted her.”
I also want to make clear even in her own follow-up tweets she walks back her story and now claims that I never assaulted her. pic.twitter.com/B6k3rV2bfz
— Joe Vargas (@AngryJoeShow) June 24, 2020
Following Vargas’ statement, the accuser deleted the entire Medium article with the accusations as reported by YouTuber Heel vs Babyface.
What do you make of the accusations and Joe Vargas’ response?