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- In 2019, YouTuber James Jackson, nee Gregory, known as Onision to his 2 million subscribers, and his husband Kai were accused of predatory grooming by former friends.
- The alleged victims divulged the details to former “To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen on his YouTube channel “Have a Seat With Chris Hansen.”
- On January 9, Hansen arrived at Jackson’s home in Washington state with a camera crew and attorney. Jackson placed a 911 call, and Hansen then uploaded a video of the incident to his channel.
- Following the encounter with Hansen, Jackson and his husband Kai filed two petitions for an order of protection against the investigative journalist and YouTuber Daniel Sulzbach, known as Repzion. However, papers were served to the wrong Chris Hansen, and the petitions were dismissed.
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On Friday, controversial YouTuber James Jackson, nee Gregory, known as Onision to his 2 million subscribers, appeared in Pierce County District Court and asked for a dismissal of his petitions for orders of protection against former “To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen and YouTuber Daniel Sulzbach, according to audio of the case published online.
The petitions filed by Jackson follow a decade-long history of controversy.
The YouTube personality, who gained viral fame in 2009 for his video “Banana Song,” has a history of controversial content. He’s known for rating photos of women and mocking other YouTubers. Jackson was even banned from internet video convention VidCon in 2012 for his remarks about an ex-girlfriend who alleged she felt forced to have sex with him.
“That’s funny, coming from someone that has slept with over 20 people,” he said, enraging viewers who called him a rape apologist.
The YouTube community has frequently called for the removal of Onision’s channel from the platform completely, though no such action has been taken.
Funny funny news Jackson has largely dismissed critics, but things escalated in September 2019 when he and his husband Kai Avaroe faced allegations of predatory grooming.
Sarah, a former friend of the couple, first shared her story with YouTuber Blair White, alleging that she was groomed by Jackson and Avaroe from the age of 14 (the two even gained temporary legal custody of Sarah when she was 16) until she entered into an intimate relationship with them 4 days after turning 18. The following month, Sarah appeared on former “To Catch A Predator” host Chris Hansen’s YouTube channel “Have a Seat With Chris Hansen,” where Hansen has been investigating claims of Jackson’s predatory behavior.
Jackson denied the allegations, stating in an email to Insider in December that “the grooming stuff is absolute nonsense.”
Funny funny news Hansen’s continued investigation into Onision spurred the YouTuber to take legal action.
On January 9, Chris Hansen arrived outside Jackson’s residence in Washington State, accompanied by a film crew and attorney Mike Morse.
While the film crew and Morse waited on the street, Hansen knocked on Jackson’s door — and the YouTuber placed a 911 call from inside. “There’s a person who’s been stalking me online, and they just showed up to my house,” he told the operator. “They’re knocking on my door… They have a bunch of camera people, they’re YouTube stalkers.”
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department responded, but no arrests were made. Hansen later uploaded a video of the encounter on YouTube.
Jackson and Avaroe filed petitions for orders of protection against Hansen and YouTuber Repzion, who frequently posts videos calling out Onision’s behavior. The couple cited cyberstalking and harassment as the impetus for legal action. The protection order against Hansen, however, could not be granted— mainly because the wrong Chris Hansen was served papers.
According to a tweet from Detroit attorney Mike Morse— the attorney who accompanied Hansen to Jackson’s home— the other Chris Hansen responded to the court to clarify.
—Mike Morse Law Firm (@855mikewins) January 25, 2020
Funny funny news On Friday, Jackson requested that the petitions be dismissed. But that doesn’t mean the legal battle is over.
—🚨Pescatore News Network #PNN “Join the Discord”🚨 (@JoshPescatore) January 24, 2020
The YouTuber told the court that he intended to seek “alternative, more effective legal action” against the defendants, according to audio of the courtroom proceedings published by YouTube drama and news channel SFTP News. In the meantime, Jackson will have to face the widely-circulated TikTok videos of his day in court.
—🇯🇵 (@norimous) January 25, 2020
This public attention could have been avoided, according to Morse. Had Onision given prior notice that he intended to dismiss the petition, he would not have had to appear in court on Friday. “He wouldn’t have had to show up and face the embarrassment,” Morse told Insider. “He wasted everyone’s time.”
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