Family YouTuber denies allegations after 16-year-old fan accuses him of trying to get her alone
The long-overdue outpouring of sexual harassment and assault allegations show no sign of slowing down. Ever since The New York Times published their explosive exposé chronicling Harvey Weinstein's history of sexual misconduct, more and more claims have been lobbied against other influential men in the entertainment industry and beyond, including Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Louis CK and Terry Richardson.
Now, such allegations have hit closer to home after a young fan accused YouTube star Chris Ingham - from The Inghams family - of sending her inappropriate messages during a trip to Disney World last year.
On July 2nd, a former fan of the Inghams accused 33-year-old Chris Ingham of sending her inappropriate messages.
According to the individual, what started out as a typical interaction between a YouTuber and fan turned into something that left her feeling "scared". The 16-year-old claims that after having posed for a picture with Ingham, he started messaging her about the mental health struggles that she had confessed to him earlier.
In a series of notes posted to Twitter, she then asserts that Ingham encouraged her to sneak out of her parents' room and meet him alone for late night walks while they were both staying at a Disney World resort.
"I just want to start this off by saying at first I didn't want to tweet this, I hadn't told anyone and it happened 9 months ago. I've only decided to tweet this after speaking to someone who has helped me. And we didn't jump straight to the conclusion of 'exposing' him, we messaged his wife but heard nothing back. I am so scared to tweet about it and I'm so sad because I adore the family... but if he did it to me he may try to do it to other people and I would hate that to happen," she began.
"Basically, the Ingham family announced that they were going to be at Disney World at the same dates my family had booked. and then nearer the time he announced they had actually booked the same hotel as us so I dmed him all excited asking if I could meet them. He said yeah so on like the 2nd night they were there me and my 11 year old sister went to meet them like just outside the hotel and we got photos and hugged and stuff and I said how much their channel had helped me."
She went on to say that Ingham started messaging about "mental health and stuff" because she had revealed her "struggles". "But then he kept messaging me saying he went on walks around the complex after midnight. He then kept asking me if I could sneak out of my family's hotel room to go for walks with him between midnight and 2am. He messaged me multiple times saying how I was so beautiful and pretty and asking me why I didn't have loads of boyfriends at home," she continued, before saying that at one point, Ingham suggested skinny dipping.
"I felt unsafe on holiday... and it took over my 'once in a lifetime' holiday," the accuser went on to assert.
Ingham has since denied the accusations. The YouTuber took to Twitter to share the following statement:
"We are aware that certain untrue stories have been posted on social media platforms in the last 24 hours regarding Chris. These stories are not true and the accusations made are entirely without foundation.
"We are all very hurt and deeply upset by these cynical attempts to damage Chris' reputation and will take whatever steps are necessary to preserve Chris' good name. We are taking action and can't comment further at this time."
Ingham also confirmed that the family have officially pulled out of this year's Summer in the City, citing "stress" due to "false reports" as the reason behind the decision.