The YouTube vlogging community has been rocked by an underage sex scandal. Again.
Musician Tom Milsom found fame on YouTube thanks to his quirky vlog updates, bright blue hair, and psychedelic ukulele pop music. He’s a prominent member of a circle of Internet celebrities that spans vlog culture, indie pop, and the online fandoms for Doctor Who and Harry Potter.
Now, he’s facing disgrace after allegations surfaced that he was involved in an abusive and coercive relationship with an underage fan.
Like many of the artists at DFTBA Records (a YouTube-popular music label cofounded by vlogbrother Hank Green), Milsom’s fanbase is predominantly made up of teenage girls who follow the same core group of Internet celebrities.
This isn’t the first time a situation like this has arisen in the relatively small intersection between DFTBA Records and Tumblr/YouTube fame.
In 2012, musician Mike Lombardo was swiftly dropped from DFTBA records after he was charged with soliciting sexually explicit photos from an underage fan. Lombardo is now serving a five-year prison sentence for receiving child pornography.
Then last year, Ed “Eddplant” Blann admitted to being in an abusive relationship with a fan, saying, “Over the course of those eight months I treated her appallingly, manipulated her, and behaved in an extremely misogynistic way towards her.” Blann is a former member of the popular Doctor Who fan band Chameleon Circuit, was signed to DFTBA Records as a solo artist, and often collaborated with other YouTube musicians including Alex Day and Tom Milsom.