The Complete Timeline of the David Dobrik Allegations and Controversies
David Dobrik at 24 years old has build a massive media empire. With over 18 million subscribers on youtube, a successful podcast, and blowing up on media outlets like tiktok, it is safe to call David a legitimate media-mogul. However in a matter of about 30 days, everything has come crashing down due to past allegations and dramas. This makes David Dobrik the largest creator to ever fall so hard. I’ve compiled a timeline of events for everyone to follow along.
David Dobrik Origins
David got his start in 2013 on the app Vine, posting sports highlights and clips. At that point, Dobrik estimates he was making around $2000 a month. Eventually David transitioned his Vine content to creating comedic videos and collaborating with other creators. This is where the Vlog Squad was born, which includes other big-name former Vine stars and Youtubers like Toddy Smith, Gabbie Hanna, Scotty Sire, Zane Hijazi, and Josh Peck.
In 2015 many creators had left Vine to move to YouTube, as did Dobrik. David continued to collab with other creators and learned the art of Vlogging, where he quickly found more success.
In 2016 Vine completely shut down, prompting David to move full time over to Youtube, and creating the second channel David Dobrik Too.
In 2017 he starts the podcast “views” with Jason Nash, expanding his media presence on YouTube.
By 2019 David had become the 5th most watched creator on YouTube, sporting a 2.5 million dollar house and expensive cars.
Fast forward to 2021, David founds app Displo, reportedly worth 100 million dollars, and moves into a $9.5 million house with a Fruit Punch fountain.
Allegations and Controversies Timeline
David releases “HE THOUGHT HE WAS KISSING HER!!(SUPER CRINGEY)”. This video depicts former Vlog Squad member Seth Francois who is tricked into kissing 47 year old Squad member Jason Nash. Seth was told he would be kissing instagram model “Corinna Kopf”, and was blind folded. He was not informed he was actually kissing Jason Nash and not Corinna until after the blindfold was removed. This video has since been deleted.
David releaseS “SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE PLAYED WITH FIRE!!”. This video depicts David hanging out with his friends which include Dom Zeglatis, aka Durte Dom. In the video a group of girls have been invited with the intention to have a fivesome. The video ends with Durte Dom covered in sweat coming out of the room, and then with all the friends in a car laughing about going to jail.
TikTok personality named Karim releases a 5 part video applying to be the designer for David’s new app. The name Dispo was suggested, which David commented on explaining how much he loved it and would be in touch. Karim was never hired, however the name was still used.
JUNE 2, 2020
Former Vlog Squad member Seth Francois, of the kissing prank, releases a video titled “Accountability” to all Content Creators. In the video he explains his experiences with negative, disrespectful, and racist comments and treatment while he was a member of the Vlog Squad. In the video Seth provides clips of David and other Vlog Squad members doing blackface, making comments about watermelon, and admitting he is kept around as the “black friend”.
JUNE 30, 2020
David releases podcast episode “Auditioning for SNL” where he apologizes for “past behavior” but does not acknowledge any of the racial allegations from Seth.
FEBRUARY 5, 2021
Nick Deswani, a former Vlog Squad member, appears as a guest on the H3H3 After Dark Podcast hosted by married content couple Ethan and Hila Kline. Nick explains his medical condition of dwarfism and how other Vlog Squad members mocked him, causing him to sustain damage to his mental health.
FEBRUARY 12, 2021
Seth Francois makes his own guest appearance on the H3H3 After Dark, recounting his past abuse from David Dobrik and Jason Nash, and how he did not consent to kissing Jason.
FEBRUARY 16, 2021
Trisha Paytas of the spinoff H3H3 podcast “Frenemies” explains her own personal experiences as the former girlfriend of Vlog Squad member Jason Nash. She describes David hiding while her and Jason have sex and being filmed without consent.
FEBRUARY 26, 2021
Ethan Kline takes to twitter to accuse David Dobrik of hiding evidence of past controversies by deleting videos and clips, including clips featuring Seth.
David’s MCN is trying to remove this clip from the internet. This is straight up sexual assault and he did it to him twice. Absolutely infuriating to hear him talk about it so joyously knowing the trauma it caused Seth. pic.twitter.com/bXdpYvJFlp
— Ethan Klein (@h3h3productions) February 27, 2021
MARCH 1, 2021
Photo app Dispo is launched by David Dobrik.
MARCH 4, 2021
Scotty Sire, current Vlog Squad member, uploads a video titled “Hi”. In this video Scotty explains that Seth had given consent to film more videos with kissing pranks, but fails to provide evidence of consent for the first video which has since been deleted. This video from Scotty has also since been deleted.
MARCH 8, 2021
Scotty Sire apologies on twitter stating “i would like to apologize to anyone who feels as tho i disrespected or invalidated their story”.
— scottysire (@ImNotScottySire) March 9, 2021
MARCH 16, 2021
Business Insider publishes an incredibly comprehensive article titled “A woman featured on YouTube star David Dobrik’s channel says she was raped by a Vlog Squad member in 2018 the night they filmed a video about group sex.” The article references the David Dobrik vlog “SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE PLAYED WITH FIRE!!” where one of the women brought there that night claims that Dom Zeglatis raped her while she was drunk. She mentions the girls were under the drinking age and that David asked Jason Nash to purchase alcohol for the underage women.
Several hours after the Business Insider article was published Dobrik releases a video titled “Let’s Talk”. In this video Dobrik states “I just want to make videos where everybody in it, whether you are participating or watching, is enjoying having a good time,” and “I missed the mark with that one”. He says that he does like some of his old videos and apologizes to Seth Francois. He ends the video with “I’m sorry if I have let you down. Things like that won’t happen again. I have learnt from my mistakes and I also believe that actions speak a lot louder than words. You can take my word for it that I am going to change, but I will also show you and I will prove to you that the mistakes I made before won’t be happening again.” There is no mention of allegations from Trisha Paytas.
MARCH 17, 2021
David Dobrik loses over 100,000 subscribers
MARCH 18, 2021
Major sponsor SeatGeek announces “Review of their partnership with him”. “At this time we’re closely monitoring the situation and reviewing internally how we want to proceed.”
MARCH 19, 2021
Dollar Shave Club ends partnership with David Dobrik. “The actions and comments made by David Dobrik as well as some members of his team are very serious and do not align with DSC values. Sexual assault and hateful language of any kind is unacceptable in any environment. We’ve made the decision to end our relationship and cancel all planned activity.”
EA Sports, who had gifted David with a Lamborghini, distances themselves from David Dobrik. “We haven’t worked with David since April 2020 and can confirm we are not currently working with him nor do we have any plans to in the future. We expect any influencer or celebrity talent we work with to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values and policies.”
HelloFresh, DoorDash, General Mills, HBO Max, Facebook, and Audible also announce they no longer intend to work with Dobrik.
MARCH 20, 2021
David Dobrik’s channel loses over 66 million views. This could suggest sponsors requesting videos be removed and / or hiding of videos with incriminating evidence.
MARCH 21, 2021
Jeff Wittek of the Vlog Squad posts a since been deleted video titled “My Truth”. In the video Jeff denys buying alcohol for underage girls, and shows recordings of him speaking with Business Insider reporter Kat Tenbage. In the recording Jeff attempts to discredit Trisha’s claims that he purchased alcohol. Further in the video “My Truth” Jeff claims that the reporter was exploiting the drama to make money.
Later in the day Tenbarge responds on twitter “I stand by my reporting and so does Insider.”
Jeff spends his video trying to undermine my credibility by making false statements and playing out-of-context clips from our conversations. I stand by my reporting and so does Insider.
— Kat Tenbarge (@kattenbarge) March 21, 2021
Even further this same day, Ethan Klein and Trisha Paytas host an episode of Frenemies where Jeff Wittek calls in. In this livestreamed podcast which reached over 100,000 viewers, Jeff admits he never even read the article, and is confronted with a photograph that puts him at the scene of the alleged assult, alongside Smith, and Dobrik. Jeff is absolutely streamrolled during this podcast as he tries to distance himself while simultaneously protect his friends.
MARCH 22, 2021
David Dobrik announces he is stepping down from the board of directors of Dispo. This is just hours after venture-capital firm Spark Capital, responsible for a series-A investment of $20 million, announced severance of all ties with Dispo.
Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and head of venture-capital firm Seven Seven Six, makes statement distancing his company from David Dobrik. “The recent allegations against David Dobrik are extremely troubling and are directly at odds with Seven Seven Six’s core values,” “We have been working closely with Dispo over the last week and are in full support of their decision to part ways with David.”
Additional sponsors including Chipotle, Bumble, SeatGeek, and Frank’s Red Hot announce separation from David Dobrik and that there will be no further partnerships. “SeatGeek is not currently working with David Dobrik or the Vlog Squad, nor do we have any future planned campaigns,”
MARCH 23, 2021
David Dobrik releases second apology video. In this video, it is framed as if he is alone and making a statement to his fans without his team around. The video is well shot and addresses nearly all the allegations brought up over the past month. The video shows incredible support in the likes / dislikes ratio in the comments. On twitter and other videos, the response is not so positive. Many claim the apology is too little too late.