- Victim accused Benji Krol of adding him on Snapchat and sending him nude photos
- On Sunday, Krol apologized to the victim
- Krol announced he will be taking a break from social media
TikTok star Benji Krol said he attempted suicide following allegations of child grooming.
The 15-year-old victim, through an anonymous account, had alleged Krol and fellow TikTok star and boyfriend Jorge Garay groomed him and sent him explicit messages. The victim said in February, Garay sent him a photo of Krol masturbating. Krol then added the alleged victim on Snapchat and sent him nude photos and explicit messages.
“Benji and JeyJey were one of the first gay couples I’d seen receive so much support. I looked up to them and took inspiration from their TikTok videos. However, their social media fame blinded me and I didn’t realize how they took advantage of me until talk about my experience with close friends in July and August 2020,” the alleged victim said.
“They took advantage of my friendship, and exploited and coerced me, a minor, into doing what they wanted for sexual pleasure. They used their power as an influencer to manipulate me into doing what they wanted because our feelings were ‘mutual,’ ‘I knew what I was doing,’ and because ‘I wanted it.’ Looking back at all of this, it is very easy to be manipulated by someone older than you,” the victim added.
Krol initially denied all the allegations saying, “I’m hearing that some very serious claims are being made against me and from what I know i can say that it is not true.. accusations like these are not to be taken lightly. please know that any rumors you are hearing are not true.”
However, on Sunday, Krol backtracked his claims and said some of the allegations were true. He claimed he attempted suicide because of which he wasn’t able to address the allegations.
“The reason it’s taken so long is because I tried to kill myself. I was in the hospital and I’ve been recovering and trying to piece everything together. I’m not trying to gain sympathy points from telling you this, I’m just giving the real explanation you all deserve for being late to respond. The reason for me trying was due to a lot of things building up and not directly because of this, it’s not the first time,” he tweeted Sunday.
Krol added he and Garay had broken up due to the allegations.
“I still take full responsibility for my own actions. I don’t even know the full story because Jorge knows everything else, but I have no way of finding the rest out. I wake up in the hospital alone and now knowing where he was. I currently only know he left me and I assume he went back to his own home which is hours away. He was only briefly spoken to me and has no intention of seeing me anytime soon,” he said.
He apologized to the victim and announced he will be taking a break from social media.
“I’m extremely sorry to the victim and hope they are doing okay. I know none of this should have ever happened and that there’s nothing I can do to fix it but work on bettering myself and piecing everything together. And I hope everyone can respect their privacy,” he wrote.
“When I return from my break, if I return, I will make sure it will be when I’m ready and able to talk about everything. I never want anyone to experience something like this and I will be sure to show that I stand against it completely,” he concluded. Krol has over 11 million followers on TikTok.