The MagCon star trended on Twitter for all the wrong reasons.
An x-rated video of Vine star Carter Reynolds leaked Sunday that purportedly shows him pressuring his ex-girlfriend for oral sex, raising issues of consent and spurring Internet backlash.
The video is filmed from Reynolds’ point of view, with his pants pulled down and his erect penis exposed. His ex-girlfriend, Instagram celeb Maggie Lindemann, tells him “I don’t think I can” and repeatedly stresses “I am really uncomfortable.” Reynolds tells her to “do it,” and “just pretend (the camera) isn’t there.” Lindemann eventually curls up and stops looking at the camera. It ends with Reynolds saying, “Oh my gosh, Maggie.”
The duo has had a tumultuous relationship, with several breakups, the most recent of which was in May. Lindemann is 16 years old, and Reynolds recently turned 19, leaving issues of consent and statutory rape on the table depending when and where the clip was filmed, as well as child pornography issues depending on how old Reynolds is in the video. (For those reasons, we’ve chosen not to link to it here.)
Fans and fellow social media celebs have taken to social media in anger over Reynolds’ actions.
Reynolds is far from the first social media star in trouble over sexual misconduct. Last year, YouTuber Sam Pepper came under fire for prank videos where he assaulted unsuspecting women, and several other YouTube stars have been accused of pressuring fans into sexual situations by using their fame.
Reynolds and Lindemann have yet to comment, although Reynolds has made a few statements via Twitter.
Update 10:38am CT: Carter Reynolds released a statement via Twitter in which he called the whole thing a “HUGE misunderstanding” and said “Couples do stuff like that all the time.”
Update 12:31pm CT: Reynolds amended his apology in a series of tweets. He also claimed that the inappropriate direct messages he sent to fans were done by a hacker who breached his account.
Update 10:45am, July 20: As fallout from the nude leak continues, Reynolds turned to livestreaming platform YouNow to vent about his frustrations with Lindemann and allege sexual misconduct between her and fellow Vine star Hayes Grier. He turned to Twitter shortly thereafter and began making references to suicide.
Lindemann, for her part, reminded her 300,000 followers that suicide isn’t something to be taken lightly.
Meanwhile, Grier sent several pointed tweets in response to Reynolds’ allegations.
Update 6:08pm, July 24: Reynolds was reportedly removed from VidCon, the annual YouTube conference, Friday afternoon. He once more took to Twitter to vent his frustrations with the festival organizers.