A deleted video has emerged of YouTubers Logan Paul and Sam Pepper lassoing women as a prank, filmed shortly before Peppers was confronted with multiple allegations of rape.
The video, from 2014, emerged on the eve of Paul’s boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather, 44, nicknamed ‘Money’, has said he estimates he could make $100 million from the fight – his first since December 2019. He retired for the third time in 2017.
Paul and Pepper, in the June 22, 2014 clip, say they are testing out a new technique to pick up women.
In the 2014 clip, which has since been deleted, Logan Paul and Sam Pepper, both YouTube stars, attempted to lasso women as a pickup technique. Later that year Pepper would be accused by multiple women of rape
Pepper is seen wrestling a woman with his lasso. Her friend, standing behind in a white t-shirt, is unimpressed
Pepper (right), now 32, and Paul, now 26, posted the video on YouTube as a prank. It has been taken down, but was uncovered by MeTubeDoc, which aims to expose sexually inappropriate behavior on YouTube
Pepper, a 32-year-old British YouTuber, was at the time a huge social media star. His YouTube channel had over 55 million video views – he has not updated it since March 2017.
The two men, both in cowboy hats, Paul in a stars and stripes vest, roam the streets of Santa Monica, California.
‘Today we are picking up women,’ Pepper says. ‘Let’s go!’
Paul tells one woman she can’t be freed from his lasso until she kisses him, which she does, for several seconds.
Another woman is lassoed while passing by on a Segway-type scooter.
‘I was wondering, do you think you could put your number in my phone?’ he asks.
Pepper has less success, with one woman’s male friend confronting him and pushing him away.
‘Chill, chill – she’s mine now, I caught her,’ Pepper says. ‘This is how it works.’
The male friend replies: ‘What the f***, dude?’
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The clip was unearthed by MeTubeDoc, which seeks to expose sexually inappropriate behavior on the platform.
In October 2014, Pepper would be accused by multiple women of sexual assault and rape.
He had angered many with another prank video, this time featuring him groping and pinching women on the street.
Pepper said the video was a ‘social experiment’ to raise awareness of male victims of sexual assault and that the women were in on the stunt.
Since Pepper posted that video, several women have come forward with stories of being inappropriately touched or harassed by Pepper.
Bryony Harris, 19, told BuzzFeed News that Pepper solicited nude photographs of her in 2011 when he was 22 and she was 15. A Toronto woman told BuzzFeed News that Pepper raped her in April 2013.
A 19-year-old woman in a video posted online accused Pepper of raping her in a Los Angeles apartment early in the morning of July 17, 2014.
Three months later, an 18-year-old went to Los Angeles police to accuse Peppers of rape.
She said that she met Pepper at a party on the night of September 5, 2014, and he raped her at his home.
Pepper has denied all the allegations of rape and no charges have been filed.
He has apologized for some of his prank videos.