Twitch Streamer Gross Gore Banned After Years Of Sexual Assault Allegations
Today, Twitch Ali “Gross Gore” Larsen banned and un-partner, longtime and controversial streamer, after allegations of sexual assault old and new came to light last weekend.
Alegations emerged after the age of 28 Larsen, who was suspended by Twitch numerall times over the years, made a post on the RoastMe subreddit Friday. This led users to discuss the previous allegations against him, resulting in long lists of Larsen’s indiscretions, including videos of Larsen himself talking about the times he asked a 15-year-old to show his boobs (he was 18 at the time) and slept with a 16-year-old while he was 20, as well as a video in which fellow streamer Jenna accuses her of sexually assaulting her during TwitchCon. Threads also referred to a series of incidents in the UK Runescape Runefest convention in 2018, who Kotaku reported at the time, including a video in which Larsen appears to grab a woman’s face and try to kiss her, as well as several alleged inappropriate comments towards women that resulted in a physical altercation between Larsen and another streamer, Skiddler, who has been dispersed by hotel staff and the police.
In the wake of these allegations that resurface, a woman named Eve showed up on Saturday with her own story, claiming that Larsen treated her in 2008 when she was 13 and 16. and to be featured on her personal YT channel, “she said. wrote in a Twitlonger. “In return, all I had to do was moan as he masturbated … Even at 13, I knew I was doing something wrong, but I didn’t understand until many years later. how he used his power over me to help him masturbate. “
On a Discord call, Jenna said Kotaku that Larsen was like a “big brother” to her for a long time, but at a party at TwitchCon 2019 he got drunk and refused to stop touching her arms, legs and thigh as the two were on a couch. Finally, he asked to grab her face. “It was super scary,” Jenna said. Kotaku, noting that she had previously witnessed and talked to Larsen about other cases of sexual assault at events, in which she believed he was also drunk. “Then he started begging to catch me. And I was like, ‘No man, you’re my brother. Stop it. ‘ She says she ended up leaving the party shortly after.
In response to the allegations, Larsen posted a YouTube video Saturday in which he claimed that some allegations, like Jenna’s video accusing him of sexual assault, were bogus or out of context, and that he had already apologized for others and turned a new leaf . “There are disgusting things from my past and I can promise you that is not who I am today,” he said. “I look back, I step back, I am embarrassed and I regret so much.”
Now, several days later, Twitch has banned him and removed his partner status, which means he probably won’t be coming back this time around. In a statement to Kotaku, Twitch cited its rules against inappropriate off-platform behavior.
“The safety of our community is our top priority,” a Twitch spokesperson said in an email. “We take appropriate action when we have evidence that a streamer has acted in violation of our community guidelines or our terms of service, including in certain instances where the behavior may have taken place outside of Twitch. These apply to all streamers, regardless of their status or importance in the community.
The spokesperson specifically mentioned a rule that reads, “We may take action against people for hateful conduct or harassment that occurs outside of the Twitch services and that targets Twitch users.”
Kotaku also contacted Larsen, who pointed out a video he posted on Twitter shortly after his banishment. In the video, Larsen showed viewers the email he received from Twitch, which cited “sexual exploitation of adults” as the reason for his ban.
“I don’t know what to believe anymore,” Larsen said in the video. ” I do not know what to say anymore. I’m so used to being thrown into this community, and I love being bullied and harassed. They bring up stuff from 2016. ”
He speculated that Twitch had banned him for an incident of ‘vengeful porn’ in which he allegedly sent nudes to the mother of a then teenage streamer, but he said he had just shown his mother his Instagram account. and that she was 18 at the time. “This is a Twitch mistake,” he concluded, adding that he was going to start streaming on YouTube tomorrow.
Despite a long list of alleged violations, Twitch took its time to ban Larsen. In 2018, he had already been suspended several times, including in 2016 after harassing a Riot employee. In a Larsen video released after Runefest 2018, he said Twitch would have banned it permanently if “someone at Twitch” hadn’t intervened on his behalf. Instead, the company suspended him for a month and barred him from attending TwitchCon, suggesting he was well aware of the seriousness of his actions at Runefest. Since then, Larsen has managed to continue growing his Twitch audience to half a million followers. Larsen’s ban comes nearly a year on Twitch’s #MeToo calculation, which led the company banning multiple streamers accused of sexual assault and promising to “continue to assess the charges against those affiliated with Twitch and explore ways in which Twitch can collaborate with other industry leaders on this important issue.” Months later, the company also ended up separating from an employee accused of sexual assault by a banner.
Jenna is hopeful that Larsen’s Twitch ban will be beneficial. “I feel bad, really, but he’s doing this for himself,” she said. “Obviously what he’s doing is horrible and unforgivable. He really needs help, or he’s going to keep hurting people. That’s all we can say about it. Maybe Twitch banning it will force him to go for that help.
In response to Larsen’s Twitch ban and all that has happened, Eve said Kotaku that she is “happy and ready to move on,” but Larsen’s response to her ban left her cold.
“He never contacted me, and all I wanted was a sincere private recognition and apology,” Eve wrote in a DM. “He’s been doing the same thing for over 10 years. If he wanted to write my story as a kid, then why didn’t this behavior end when he grew up? Honestly, I was hoping that after I wrote my story he would reach out, apologize and I could move on and tell him that I forgive him. But this video just showed me how sorry he is and deserves to be banned. I have no doubts in my mind that if he was not banned there would be more stories in the future of Ali sexually assaulting or harassing women. Without being held responsible, I don’t think he would see a reason to change.