YouTuber James Charles has clapped back after a fan told him he shouldn’t “talk about sexual abuse.”

For those who missed it, many stars including Justin Bieber, Michael Clifford, Ansel Elgort, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse and more have been accused of sexual assault on social media recently. Some of the stars have responded and seemingly posted things that proved the allegations were false. And when James decided to share his thoughts on the matter, some people were not pleased.

“Sexual assault is really f**king serious and it is absolutely disgusting that making false allegations is becoming a trend right now! All it does is invalidate ACTUAL victims when they feel ready to come forward!” he wrote on a series of tweets posted on Monday, June 22. “Victims deserve to be heard and should NEVER be invalidated, but it’s INSANE that anonymous, newly made accounts are popping up with stories and people are just believing it! With no proof at all?!? I am not defending anyone, but there are always two sides to every story.”

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He added, “An accusation like that can literally ruin someone’s life! Take it from me, I spent the last entire year dealing with being called a predator, despite proving it all false! It’s important to look at all sides of a story and not jump to conclusions ever.”

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For those who forgot, back in May 2019, Tati Westbrook posted a video where she accused the beauty guru of lying, manipulating and being a disrespectful person, after he supported one of her rival vitamin companies. She also claimed that he would try to take advantage of straight men. At the time, James shared a lengthy YouTube video of his own, where he apologized for everything and seemingly showed proof that her claims were not true.

When one fan said that the makeup guru should “mind his business,” he fired back in an Instagram comment, which was screenshotted and reposted by the account TikTok Room, “People like James feel very strongly about this issue because people like James was falsely accused of being a sexual predator last year and had to get in front of 50 million people and prove that it wasn’t true! It almost ruined my life and almost caused me to kill myself.”

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“I know how it feels and wouldn’t wish it upon anyone who was actually innocent. I’m obviously not speaking about ACTUAL abusers! It’s crazy that people are willing to believe stories with no proof because it’s fun to cancel people online,” the 21-year-old continued. “I’ll use my platform to speak about whatever I’d like, so YOU can mind YOUR business. Thanks love.”

If you or anyone you know has been sexually abused, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). A trained staff member will provide confidential, judgment-free support as well as local resources to assist in healing, recovering and more.

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