Mark “Turps” Turpin announced that he has stepped down as CEO of Yogscast admitting to having sent “inappropriate messages”.
This news comes shortly after Yogscast member Matthew Meredith was dismissed from the company, following sexual harassment allegations.
In a statement posted on Reddit, Mark shares that following Matthew‘s dismissal, he believes he should hold himself accountable to the same standards of behaviour. His full statement reads:
“Just to let you know I’ve stepped down as CEO of the Yogscast. When I recently said we expected the highest levels of professionalism from our talent, I need to be held to those standards too.
“I have sent some inappropriate messages to several members of our community and I’m deeply embarrassed about this error of judgement. There’s no justification or excuse for my behaviour. I was in a position of considerable responsibility and you all deserved better from me. If you’ve been upset by my actions, I’m very sorry.”
Yogscast co-founder Lewis Brindley has replied to Mark’s statement on Reddit, saying:
“Turps is a close friend to many here. I can confirm he’s chosen to resign from the Yogscast. It’s very important to me that we’re held to high standards, and he made the right decision to face up to his actions.”In the response, he thanks everyone who had come forward with allegations. He also urges everyone not to bully or interrogate people for public claims they’ve made against members of YogsCast, saying “it’s important we deal with bad stuff like this responsibly.”
Hi, just wanted to say if you’ve ever had a negative experience with a content creator or member of staff here at the Yogscast I want to hear about it.
— Lewis Brindley (@YogscastLewis) July 6, 2019
Lewis also states on Reddit that a third member of Yogscast, Paul Sykes, is now also under investigation following historical claims that had been brought to his attention.
This series of events began on 5 July, when Matthew Meredith’s moderation team shared that they had received a number of reports that Matthew Meredith had sexually harassed female members of the team, as well as a number of female viewers.
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