CallMeCarson Grooming Allegations Explained as YouTuber Accused of Messaging Underage Fans

YouTuber Carson King, also known as CallMeCarson, has been accused of grooming and inappropriately texting with fans, as King's former Lunch Club collaborators claim King told them that he had been messaging with underaged girls.

Twitter user @miniborb has alleged that King, who is now 21 years old, groomed her when she was 17 and he was 19. The Twitter user, named Sam, posted screenshots and videos that appear to show messages between herself and King, including some of a sexual nature.

Sam said the messages began when she jokingly tweeted "be my boyfriend" at King, who she says then messaged her privately.

Newsweek has contacted Carson King for comment.

Grooming, pedophilia, Carson situation//

I can personally come out and say that I’ve been groomed by Carson. I have talked to many people and never came out about this since now. At the time I was still 17 and in high school.

— sam (@miniborb) January 5, 2021

The allegations have been discussed in a video by YouTuber Keemstar (real name Daniel Keem), who interviewed two of King's former Lunch Club collaborators on his Drama Alert YouTube channel in a video that has amassed more than 1 million views in nine hours.

Keem interviewed YouTubers Noah and Traves, who both said King had told them that he had exchanged inappropriate messages with underaged fans.

Members of the Lunch Club have been criticized for knowing about Carson's behavior and not doing anything about it sooner but, speaking with Keem, Noah said: "I'm sure they all feel like they need to say something."

Traves then said: "I feel like the situation was kind of, like, he told us all this crazy thing, and we didn't want to make a rash judgment so we kind of waited it out and we were trying to think of the best solution to do it. We pushed it away and we kept pushing it away because we didn't want to deal with it."

Noah also told Keemstar that Carson's behavior is what caused the Lunch Club to break up.

Hours after Keemstar's video went live, former Lunch Club member Slimecicle (Charlie Dalgleish) said in a statement posted to Twitter: "In an early 2020 phone call, Carson told all the Lunch Club members and our group manager that he had exchanged nudes with an unnamed girl he believed to be 17.

"Because I suspected a crime had been committed, I immediately reported this information to federal law enforcement, cut all ties to Carson and withdrew completely from Lunch Club."

Dalgleish went on to say: "For all those asking why I did not speak publicly about these issues at the time—this is not drama, this is an alleged felony involving a child. As soon as I knew about this, I took every step to protect the unnamed victim and report the information I had to authorities."

My statement about the Carson situation.

— Slimecicle (@Slimecicle) January 5, 2021

Cscoop (Cooper Schulz) also posted a statement to Twitter later on Tuesday and said: "I said my piece about the Carson situation yesterday under the pretense that it would be used in Keem's video, but it wasn't. I didn't feel well enough mentally at the time to be interviewed. Thank you to Noah and Travis for going on.

"Carson told me what he told Travis a few minutes before. I cut ties shortly after. My heart goes out to anyone affected by the actions of Carson, s*** is beyond f*****."

In a video posted on Wednesday to his channel theweeklyslap and titled "Carson," jschlatt said: "I feel for all the victims here and to know that more people could have been hurt this year while Carson and I were friends and while I continued to associate with him and well, while I believed that he was on the right path, that f****** kills me.

"I hope all of them have gotten and continue to get the help they need to get through this because there's a recurring problem now of content creators who take complete advantage of and manipulate the people that care about them the most. [...] And as cliché as it is for me to say this, I really hope Carson gets the help that he very, very clearly needs as well."

At the time of writing, the other former member of the Lunch Club, Ted Nivison, has not publicly commented on the allegations but has liked Dalgleish's statement on Twitter.

The allegations are being discussed widely across social media and on Twitter the terms "Carson," "Keemstar" and "Grooming" were all trending on Tuesday. According to Social Blade, CallMeCarson has lost about 120,000 YouTube subscribers since the allegations were made public.

Update: This article has been updated with statements from Schulz and jschlatt on 1/6/2021.

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The YouTube app on a tablet. YouTuber CallMeCarson has been accused of grooming fans as three of his former Lunch Club collaborators say he told them that he had exchanged messages with underaged girls. Martin Bureau/Getty