- YouTuber Jake Paul threw a massive party for the rapper Desiigner at his home on Saturday.
- One mother claims that her daughter was one of nine girls hospitalized as a result of being drugged at the party.
- The LAPD confirmed that they received a report from one adult woman who claims she was drugged at the party.
- The department is investigating the report and looking to see how it might be tied to the mother’s claim.
Alleged Drugging at Party
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is investigating a complaint from a woman who says she was drugged at YouTuber Jake Paul’s home on Saturday.
Paul threw a massive birthday party for the rapper Desiigner. The following day, one mother posted in a Facebook Group called “Moms of Conejo Valley” reporting that her daughter had been drugged at the event. She claimed that her daughter was one of nine girls hospitalized.
Something was put in their drinks,” the mother wrote. “The girls were all half naked and unable to walk or talk. They were made to sign a disclaimer at the door.”
In her post, the mother also said there were a lot of young people in attendance at Paul’s party. She did not give any further details about the ages or conditions of the girls. However, she did say she would be contacting authorities to report the matter and said she hoped the post would serve as a warning to those with young adults or teens.
Rogue Rocket reached out to authorities at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department who said that on Sunday, an adult woman came to a branch of the LASD and reported being drugged at Paul’s party.
A representative for the department said that authorities are in the early stages of their investigation, however, they are aware of the post on the Moms of Conejo Valley Facebook page and are working to contact the mother who shared her daughter’s story. Currently, authorities do not have information on the relationship between the two reported incidents.
Party Gets Out of Hand
An Instagram post from an account that appeared to be Los Angeles County Fire Station 68 also said it had responded to incidents at Paul’s party. The account posted a photo of an ambulance with a caption reading, “Engine 68 and Squad 68 spent the majority of Saturday night transporting multiple patients from a party thrown by YouTuber Jake Paul.”
The Instagram account has since been deleted.
Several other reports say that the LAPD received noise complaints and heard the party was getting out of hand. A department spokesperson told the Daily Mail that the only injury reported was from an elderly neighbor who fell as a result of the noises scaring her.
Other reports indicated that someone at the party was arrested for public intoxication and that two others may have been transported to the hospital for being unwell.
Big names reportedly attended the Calabasas rager, including Paul’s brother Logan, Lamar Odom, Chris Brown, Tana Mongeau, and Bella Thorne. The party was heavily documented on social media.
So far, no one has claimed that Paul was directly involved with the alleged drugging at the party. He has not made any public comments about these reports.
Other than the many Instagram stories he uploaded throughout the night, all he has said about the party was “wow.” This was in response to his brother Logan tweeting that he “threw the best party LA has ever seen.”
See what others are saying: (Daily Mail) (Dexerto) (Daily Dot)
Schools Across the U.S. Cancel Classes Friday Over Unverified TikTok Threat
Officials in multiple states said they haven’t found any credible threats but are taking additional precautions out of an abundance of safety.
Schools in no fewer than 10 states either canceled classes or increased their police presence on Friday after a series of TikToks warned of imminent shooting and bombs threats.
Despite that, officials said they found little evidence to suggest the threats are credible. It’s possible no real threat was actually ever made as it’s unclear if the supposed threats originated on TikTok, another social media platform, or elsewhere.
“We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok,” TikTok’s Communications team tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Still, given the uptick of school shootings in the U.S. in recent years, many school districts across the country decided to respond to the rumors. According to The Verge, some districts in California, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas shut down Friday.
“Based on law enforcement interviews, Little Falls Community Schools was specifically identified in a TikTok post related to this threat,” one school district in Minnesota said in a letter Thursday. “In conversations with local law enforcement, the origins of this threat remain unknown. Therefore, school throughout the district is canceled tomorrow, Friday, December 17.”
In Gilroy, California, one high school that closed its doors Friday said it would reschedule final exams that were expected to take place the same day to January.
According to the Associated Press, several other districts in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania stationed more police officers at their schools Friday.
Viral Misinformation or Legitimate Warnings?
As The Verge notes, “The reports of threats on TikTok may be self-perpetuating.”
For example, many of the videos online may have been created in response to initial warnings as more people hopped onto the trend. Amid school cancellations, videos have continued to sprout up — many awash with both rumors and factual information.
“I’m scared off my ass, what do I do???” one TikTok user said in a now-deleted video, according to People.
“The post is vague and not directed at a specific school, and is circulating around school districts across the country,” Chicago Public Schools said in a letter, though it did not identify any specific post. “Please do not re-share any suspicious or concerning posts on social media.”
According to Dr. Amy Klinger, the director of programs for the nonprofit Educator’s School Safety Network, “This is not 2021 phenomenon.”
Instead, she told The Today Show that her network has been tracking school shooting threats since 2013, and she noted that in recent years, they’ve become more prominent on social media.
“It’s not just somebody in a classroom of 15 people hearing someone make a threat,” she said. “It’s 15,000 people on social media, because it gets passed around and it becomes larger and larger and larger.”
Jake Paul Says He “Can’t Get Cancelled” as a Boxer
The controversial YouTuber opened up about what it has been like to go from online fame to professional boxing.
The New Yorker Profiles Jake Paul
YouTuber and boxer Jake Paul talked about his career switch, reputation, and cancel culture in a profile published Monday in The New Yorker.
While Paul rose to fame as the Internet’s troublemaker, he now spends most of his time in the ring. He told the outlet that one difference between YouTube and boxing is that his often controversial reputation lends better to his new career.
“One thing that is great about being a fighter is, like, you can’t get cancelled,” Paul said. The profile noted that the sport often rewards and even encourages some degree of bad behavior.
“I’m not a saint,” Paul later continued. “I’m also not a bad guy, but I can very easily play the role.”
Paul also said the other difference between his time online and his time in boxing is the level of work. While he says he trains hard, he confessed that there was something more challenging about making regular YouTube content.
“Being an influencer was almost harder than being a boxer,” he told The New Yorker. “You wake up in the morning and you’re, like, Damn, I have to create fifteen minutes of amazing content, and I have twelve hours of sunlight.”
Jake Paul Vs. Tommy Fury
The New Yorker profile came just after it was announced over the weekend Paul will be fighting boxer Tommy Fury in an 8-round cruiserweight fight on Showtime in December.
“It’s time to kiss ur last name and ur family’s boxing legacy goodbye,” Paul tweeted. “DEC 18th I’m changing this wankers name to Tommy Fumbles and celebrating with Tom Brady.”
Both Paul and Fury are undefeated, according to ESPN. Like Paul, Fury has found fame outside of the sport. He has become a reality TV star in the U.K. after appearing on the hit show “Love Island.”
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Hackers Hit Twitch Again, This Time Replacing Backgrounds With Image of Jeff Bezos
The hack appears to be a form of trolling, though it’s possible that the infiltrators were able to uncover a security flaw while reviewing Twitch’s newly-leaked source code.
Hackers targeted Twitch for a second time this week, but rather than leaking sensitive information, the infiltrators chose to deface the platform on Friday by swapping multiple background images with a photo of former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
According to those who saw the replaced images firsthand, the hack appears to have mostly — and possibly only — affected game directory headers. Though the incident appears to be nothing more than a surface-level prank, as Amazon owns Twitch, it could potentially signal greater security flaws.
For example, it’s possible the hackers could have used leaked internal security data from earlier this week to discover a network vulnerability and sneak into the platform.
The latest jab at the platforms came after Twitch assured its users it has seen “no indication” that their login credentials were stolen during the first hack. Still, concerns have remained regarding the potential for others to now spot cracks in Twitch’s security systems.
It’s also possible the Bezos hack resulted from what’s known as “cache poisoning,” which, in this case, would refer to a more limited form of hacking that allowed the infiltrators to manipulate similar images all at once. If true, the hackers likely would not have been able to access Twitch’s back end.
The photo changes only lasted several hours before being returned to their previous conditions.
First Twitch Hack
Despite suspicions and concerns, it’s unclear whether the Bezos hack is related to the major leak of Twitch’s internal data that was posted to 4chan on Wednesday.
That leak exposed Twitch’s full source code — including its security tools — as well as data on how much Twitch has individually paid every single streamer on the platform since August 2019.
It also revealed Amazon’s at least partially developed plans for a cloud-based gaming library, codenamed Vapor, which would directly compete with the massively popular library known as Steam.
Even though Twitch has said its login credentials appear to be secure, it announced Thursday that it has reset all stream keys “out of an abundance of caution.” Users are still being urged to change their passwords and update or implement two-factor authentication if they haven’t already.