A bunch of 11 teen and preteen social media influencers have filed a lawsuit and are in search of a minimal of practically $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages in opposition to their former supervisor Tiffany Rockelle Smith, her boyfriend Hunter Hill, and their enterprise Piper Rockelle Inc., alleging quite a few actions, together with battery and sexual assault.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in California Superior Courtroom by The Dhillon Legislation Group, representing the plaintiffs, starting from age 10-16, who’ve a mixed 8.8 million YouTube subscribers. Smith is the mom of YouTube sensation Piper Rockelle.
In response to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs allege the defendants of “unjust enrichment, sexual battery, civil conspiracy, battery, intentional infliction of emotional misery, violation of frequent regulation proper of publicity, intentional interference with contractual relations, intentional interference with potential financial benefit, violation of California civil code 3344, and violation of California enterprise code 17200, Et Seq.”
“Over a span of a number of years from 2017-2020, Plaintiffs collectively participated in creating content material and being solid in lots of of movies for Piper’s YouTube channel, all whereas affected by emotional, verbal, bodily, and at occasions, sexual abuse by Piper’s mom and producer—Defendant Ms. Smith,” the lawsuit states.
The plaintiffs demand a jury trial.
Among the many allegations, in line with The Dhillon Legislation Group:
• “Smith inappropriately touched Plaintiff Claire E. on quite a few events, together with rubbing her uncovered thighs and transferring her hand towards her vagina, always spanking and/or slapping her buttocks, sticking her finger/poking her anus over her clothes when she walked by Smith, commenting on how ‘massive’ Claire E.’s breasts seemed after which trying to squeeze them, and on one event, taking a picket spoon and smacking it throughout Claire E.’s physique.”
• “Smith would typically boast to Plaintiffs and others about being the ‘Madam of YouTube’ and a ‘Pimp of YouTube’ and that she ‘makes kiddie porn.’”
• “Smith would often assume an alter-ego ‘Lenny the Useless Cat’ and chase Plaintiffs round her home shouting obscene and sexually graphic phrases akin to: I’m going to f*** you up the ass; I’m going to the touch you in your sleep; Yeah mama/little boy/little lady, let’s make out, let’s kiss.”
• “After leaving the ‘Squad’, Smith collaborated with a YouTube worker to sabotage plaintiffs YouTube channels, leading to dramatic decline of views valued at $2 million in misplaced income.”
The criticism in its entirety will be learn right here.
“These children have been taken benefit of financially and in some instances bodily and sexually abused,” plaintiffs’ legal professional Matthew Sarelson stated in a press release. “This lawsuit seeks to treatment the egregious conduct of Piper’s handlers. YouTube has created an unlimited alternative to create wealth, however there’s at all times going to be folks gaming the system to hurt rivals. Our purchasers are simply children. They’re good children with massive futures. Part of their childhood, part of their innocence, has been stolen.”
Representatives for Piper Rockelle didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from TheWrap.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.