Amra “Flitz” Ricketts, a well-known YouTube star and member of the significant network Smosh Games, has still left the organization following getting accused by several women of all ages of sexual assault.
“I required to permit all of you know that powerful instantly, I’m leaving Smosh Games,” Ricketts wrote on Twitter yesterday. “Last week I was accused of some of the worst issues imaginable by a group of outdated mates and previous roommate. While I deny all allegations from me, this community, my relatives at Smosh Games, and the team guiding it mean so a great deal to me. I can’t danger this getting a negative effects on them.” Ricketts added that he is “working with a law firm to disprove all bogus promises.”
Smosh Games is the gaming channel of the well-known YouTube sketch group, Smosh, which has around 22 million subscribers and a clearly show on YouTube’s paid provider, YouTube Pink. Smosh Games has a substantial fanbase on its very own, with around 7 million subscribers on YouTube. Ricketts has often contributed to the channel considering the fact that 2014.
Ricketts’ resignation comes numerous days following a collection of accusations from him, starting up December 31, 2017, when performer Raquey Bizarre (who prefers to go by non-binary pronouns) wrote on Facebook that Ricketts had sexually assaulted them. In a lengthy tale about living with Ricketts in what they named “a cult surroundings,” Bizarre accused the YouTube individuality of inviting Bizarre to his apartment for what Bizarre assumed was a hangout but was actually a group sex encounter. “I started feeling genuinely uneasy when he arrived up to me and fondled me,” Bizarre wrote. “I was upset and confronted him about consent. His response was that of, ‘oh fuck that. Really do not pull that shit on me. That’s not how this operates. Not with me.’”
“As the sex started I did not know what to do,” Bizarre added. “At 1st I just lay there although four folks ended up getting sex around me until eventually I started getting touched and feeling as although I Had to participate. I was absolutely coerced into the orgy.”
A number of other Facebook users responded in the responses of Strange’s write-up with what they say are their very own stories about Ricketts. “It is no magic formula that I utilised to consider Amra my very best buddy from 2013-2015,” wrote a commenter named Alyssa Paige Woodard. “The functions explained I’ve possibly been a witness to, or are issues Raquey and other individuals have shared with me in the previous.”
“Thank you for coming ahead,” wrote YouTuber April “AprilEff” Fletcher. “I have been waiting for my likelihood to publicly aid a person coming out from him as I have had proof of him raping women of all ages considering the fact that April of 2016.” Fletcher added on Twitter that a few other women of all ages had told her about getting assaulted by Ricketts in 2016, when Fletcher accused YouTuber Toby Turner of assaulting her in the course of their previous partnership. (Turner denied individuals allegations.)
Yet another YouTuber and streamer, Jessa Working day, also spoke out about Ricketts, composing on Facebook in response to Raquey Strange’s write-up that, “I imagine a whole lot of you realized that Amra use[d] to be just one of my very best mates. I do not genuinely wanna talk about my working experience just nevertheless, but yeah, the shit is correct.”
Ricketts did not respond to a request for comment.