As YouTuber Jake Paul gears up for his fight with former UFC fighter Ben Askren, he finds himself facing sexual assault allegations. Just recently, 24-year-old TikTok star Justine Paradise accused Paul, also 24, of forcing her to perform oral sex on him at his Team 10 House in California. Paul’s attorney previously released a statement on his behalf, in which he denied the allegations and stated that Paul would be pursuing legal action against “those responsible for the defamation of his character.” Now, Paul has personally responded in his own lengthy message.
Jake Paul took to Twitter where he shared his own reaction to Justine Paradise’s claim. He begins the message by saying that sexual assault allegations aren’t something that should be taken lightly but says that the claim against him is “100% false.” He then expands on the point and reiterates his intention to pursue legal action:
Not only have I never had any sexual relationship with this individual but this claim is solely a manufactured accusation and a blatant attempt for attention during a highly visible fight week. Make no mistake, I plan on pursuing this defamation of character case to the fullest extent of the law. There are irreparable damages from these types of accusations and more importantly false allegations of this nature diminish those who have truly been victims of misconduct.
In addition to noting that the claims come ahead of his fight, Jake Paul alleges that Paradise is using the attention from her recent social media posts to promote her “adult content website and Amazon shopping list.” Paradise says the alleged incident between her and Paul occurred during the summer of 2019, to which Paul says the allegations come “conveniently” for her. Paul then goes on to say that he was in a relationship when during that time:
At the time of her story, I was in a relationship and as someone who was a momma’s boy growing up, I respect women and mothers more than anything. I most certainly have never laid a finger on a girl without their consent.
Jake Paul then goes on to reiterate his innocence, saying “this isn’t the first preposterous allegation made against me in my career and it most likely won’t be the last.” He finally concludes the message by saying that he “won’t back down” from the situation.
As of this writing, Justine Paradise has not responded to Jake Paul’s latest statement on the allegations. Both Paradise and Paul have amassed significant followings on social media over the years, with Paul parlaying his internet stardom into a burgeoning MMA career. Paul is currently set to fight Ben Askren this Saturday, April 17th at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PST.
CinemaBlend will keep you posted on this situation as more updates arrive.