31 December 2020 02:30
For vlogger and gamer Craig Thompson aka Mini Ladd, his scandal is one that goes beyond the scope of a typical YouTube apology video. There's never a shortage of drama or scandals taking place in the YouTube community, since being somewhat controversial is often part of the gig for top content creators. In recent years, many have put out apology, breakup, or "exposed" videos in order to increase views. They also both said that he attempted to manipulate them with his online presence and his mental health struggles to keep them quiet. The 25-year-old has been accused of messaging underage fans in a suggestive and flirtatious manner for months.
Two of them, Ash and Halley, went forward in June of 2020 to share their experiences with his alleged predatory behavior. The interactions took place in 2016 and 2017, when Mini Ladd was in his 20s and the girls were teenagers. The Twitch streamer finally addressed his side of the matter when he put out the "My Apology" video on Dec. 28. Mini Ladd had notably remained silent on the matter. What did Mini Ladd say in his apology?
In the opening of his now-viral video, Mini Ladd said that he would not shy away from addressing the scandal head-on. He claimed that he was going against the wishes of his PR team by being so candid with his 5.23 million subscribers. "I want to apologize for the things that I've done," he shared. He also clarified that he wasn't putting the video out to make people feel sorry for him. "I don't want this video to be excused as an excuse or victimizing myself or anything like that. I just want to give you guys my thoughts. This is no more PR teams, no more anything like that. This isn't Mini Ladd," he continued. "This is Craig talking, and I want to be as transparent as possible." Mini Ladd then explained that he would be speaking about two people who were underage when he began messaging them: Halley and Ash. He shared that his interactions with the two took place at around the same time. "A lot of people think that these people were random fans that I got in contact with. Both Halley and Ash, these were people that were my friends," he said. "Halley, I've known for a long time, since maybe 2013 or 2014. Halley was one of my Twitch mods." Mini Ladd said that Halley was an effective moderator on Twitch and that she often helped him out on the gaming service. He said that their Twitch connection eventually became a friendship. "She was someone that I could go to with my problems," he continued. It's not my place to say what's going on with her, but she's someone who has helped me out a lot." The content creator said that he added Halley on Snapchat when she was 16, but their messages were entirely platonic at first. At the time, his intentions on the photo app were simply to maintain a streak (which is when there are consecutive, uninterrupted days of sending photos). This is just where I talked to all of my friends. I was that guy that had streaks, and I wanted to make sure that our streaks were good," he explained. Read: — Halley:P (@WeirdGirl2364) June 23, 2020 Mini Ladd said that he began to send flirty messages to Halley in 2016 when she was 17. At the time, he was 21. "And that's not OK, like, and I'm aware of that. So with Halley, and both with Ash, I sent the messages around this time," he said. "And I understand what I'm going to say next is quite taboo online, but if this is my way of putting all my cards on the table and telling you guys what happened, I feel like I need to say it. The Twitch streamer shared that he had contemplated ending his life at around this time, and that he allegedly told Halley this when she was considering coming forward with his predatory messages. "The reason I did what I did and there was even a message where I said this is because what I said there is true," he continued. I'm not looking for sympathy. I'm not looking for anything. This is telling you guys the reason, and I want you to understand the headspace that I was in." My experience with Mini Ladd, I was 17. Read: — ash (@bulletbby) June 23, 2020 He said that he was being "selfish" and he wasn't considering the "repercussions" of his actions. He noted that his actions were "stupid." "I just wasn't thinking and I've regretted it since," he said. "For both Halley and Ash, I'm really sorry." Mini Ladd then clarified the details of his relationship with Ash. Unlike his multi-year friendship with Halley, Mini Ladd said that he only knew Ash for a short time. They initially connected from mutual friends on Twitch. After flirting with her online, Mini Ladd learned from a friend that Ash was planning on publicly exposing his actions. That's when he asked the mutual friend to tell Ash about his mental health struggles, in an attempt to dissuade her from going forward. That's not what I wanted. You know, she was someone that I really did call my friend and it sucks that I let her down like that," Mini Ladd said. He added that he "completely regret[s]" sending the messages to guilt her, but that they came from a place of fear. "I just love my job so much that I didn't want it to go away," he said in his video. The YouTuber then apologized to the two for putting his issues on them. "I'm sorry, guys. You were my friends, and I failed you. I was only thinking of myself, and I was stupid," he remarked. Following many allegations, Mini Ladd has taken to YouTube to post an apology video. Craig Thompson, better known by his YouTube name Mini Ladd, has been subject to a lot of allegations over the past year, and many fans have turned against him following claims that he messaged a number of young girls. After months of criticism, Mini Ladd has decided to address the claims in an apology video on YouTube. Here's what he said. Mini Ladd posts apology video on YouTube Mini Ladd took to his 5.2 million subscriber YouTube channel on Monday (December 28th) to post a 7-minute long apology to his fans following allegations involving a number of young girls. In the video titled "My Apology", Mini Ladd first addresses allegations related to a friend called Hallie, one of his Twitch Mods. "I added Hallie on Snapchat when she was 16," he said, claiming that he messaged her on there often like he did all his friends to keep up their "streaks". He then admitted that when she turned 17, he started to flirt with her, being aged 21 at the time. "That's not ok, and I'm aware of that," he said. Mini Ladd then discussed his mental state at the time, revealing: "The reason I did this was because I did try to take my life at the start of 2017." I wasn't thinking about repercussions, I wasn't thinking about anything, I was just being stupid, and I really want to apologise for that. I just wasn't thinking, and I've regretted it since," he said. He then continued to discuss allegations surrounding a second woman called Ash, first revealing he didn't know her for very long and only met her through people he was associated with. He said: "The stuff I said to her is just not ok either, and that's not what I want. She was someone that I really did call my friend, and it sucks that I let her down like that." Mini Ladd also acknowledged a message he sent to a girl called Lara, a friend he met in 2016. I panicked, I was scared, I didn't know what to do and I love my job so much that I didn't want it to go away," he said. This content could not be loaded Just watched the new #MiniLadd apology video, and I got something to say. @MiniLaddd just cause you apologized, doesn't mean this is over. Break a plate and apologize, it doesn't undo the damage. I looked up to you for years. Your videos literally saved my life and made my days — Elite Knight (@knight2942) December 30, 2020 "To Hallie, Ash and to Lara… I'm sorry guys. You were my friends. I was only thinking of myself and I was being stupid. I wish I could take it all back," he said before revealing that he has messaged a private apology to each of the girls. Craig finished the video by expressing his passion for YouTube and admitted that he hasn't been putting the "love and attention" into it that the wants to. He revealed that he has been in therapy and said: "I want to rekindle myself and find out who I am." 2020 Locations revealed!