A NEW reality show about a group of TikTok stars who live and work together in The Hype House has exposed the dark side of social media fame and the battle to stay at the top.
The controversial show has been the subject of criticism since it was announced after one of the group’s former stars Tony Lopez accused of grooming teenage girls.
Two of the other founding members of TikTok The group was also accused of negligence by the youth.
Lopez did not appear on Hype House and left the mansion before filming began.
Living in a $5 million mansion without rent means creating at least three days of TikToks and content at least once a month for The Hype House’s own channel to earn the $80,000 a month it takes. necessary to maintain the operation of the house.
Both Tony, 21, and his brother Ondreaz were an early member of the collective.
When it first started, many of the people in the group were underage and wouldn’t live full-time in the house, but just visited to make videos and dance together.
However, it has been criticized for allowing underage girls to stay with men in their 20s.
Charli is still only 17 years old and has already become the most followed person on the platform with 130 million followers.
Tony Lopez himself rose to fame on TikTok in 2019 and now has more than 22 million followers on the platform.
However, in January 2021, a lawsuit broke out accusing him of using social media to groom and have sex with two teenage girls.
He has denied the allegations.
Under the aliases HL Doe and CH Doe, the teenagers allege the 21-year-old was texting them and sending them messages on social media despite knowing they were minors.
HL accused him of engaging in unlawful sexual acts with her in January 2020 including oral and vaginal sex, according to TMZ.
She alleges that she told him she was 16 years old before that encounter but admitted to being 15 after.
The accuser claimed that despite revealing that she was even younger, she had sex with Lopez again at his home in Nevada.
In the lawsuit, CH claimed to have met Lopez in April 2020 when she was 16 years old.
It claims they swapped cell phone and Snapchat information and accuses Lopez of immediately starting soliciting nude photos from her.
“Show me your boobs,” he is said to have said in one message.
Lopez is also alleged to have sent pictures of her revealing his penis.
According to TMZ, both girls are suing Lopez for sex and mental breakdown.
It also names The Hype House founders Thomas Petrou and Chase Hudson, who have been charged with negligence.
In a statement to TMZ when news of the lawsuit broke, Lopez said: “These allegations are completely untrue.”
“I’ve never sent these women nudes, nor have I asked them to send them to me. And, I certainly wouldn’t have sex with someone who tells me they’re underage,” he said. more.
“This whole thing seems like a money grab to me. I’ll fight to the end. I won’t allow them to continue to smear my name and attack my character.”
Lopez continues her work on TikTok, posting new videos almost daily.
The lawsuit comes after other young girls voiced accusations against Lopez in 2020.
TikTok user Griffin Brooks shared a screen recording from one of Lopez’s alleged victims, a 15-year-old girl. Yahoo!.
The girl allegedly testified that Lopez was “always asked to be naked” and “let me smoke him”.
Earlier that year, nude photos of him were leaked and he was accused of being a fan of online races, Yahoo reported.
Lopez addressed the girls’ claim in an August 2020 social media post, writing that he was “not proud” of what he had done in the past.
“I’m still new to [the] entertainment scene/LA, and I quickly learned that you can’t believe everything you’re told,” he wrote.
“Once I found out the truth, I immediately stopped.”
“I know these actions are not taken lightly and I am extremely irresponsible,” he added.
“As a young man, I will take responsibility for this mistake myself, instead of running away from it. I will learn from the experience, to help educate myself better now and in the future. ”
‘YOU FORGET LAZY’
In the new series, released in Netflix on January 7, the group is said to have exposed their stressful lives despite being portrayed on their own platforms.
Based on The Daily Beast, 22-year-old founder, Petrou, “permanently affected by the weather, exhausted, and got it so far with lazy friends who don’t do their part.”
“90% of people on the most popular social media don’t want to be social,” he said in one episode.
As reported by the Daily Beast, Petrou also feels disheartened by the success of others who have risen to fame of their own.
Other members were equally disgruntled.
“I know it sounds silly. You are a 20 year old millionaire. What do you have to be depressed about? ” Alex Warren, a TikTok star with 14.7 million followers, said TechCrunch.
“But that is something I have to fight for. I feel like I’m not allowed to be depressed.
“When you stop posting about this line of work, you lose engagement,” he adds in another scene.
“You don’t have sick days in this job. If you get sick for a day, you lose your followers, that is, your revenue, you know, your job.
“Social media is a numbers game. Your money depends on the numbers. “Warren continued.
“If people stop following as much as I put in, it means I’m doing something wrong, so what am I doing wrong and how do I get those people back?”
‘VOMITING WITH STRESS’
As well as struggling to keep the content going, Petrou recently revealed in a Youtube video that he has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawsuits.
He also describes waking up and vomiting from the stress of running the group.
Among the lawsuits is a settled dispute with former member Daisy Kboards, who allegedly placed Petrou in an NDA.
“Her team tried to sue me but failed terribly. Then they backed out and now we can’t talk,” he told BFFs podcasts last year.
Disputes are not discussed in the program.
Netflix has been contacted for comment on the statements.
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