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Logan Paul sued by movie company who says he sabotaged their $3M deal with forest suicide clip

Logan Paul sued by movie company who says he deliberately sabotaged their $3M deal with controversial forest suicide clip

  • WARNING: Story contains triggers 
  • Planeless Pictures claims he intentionally ruined a $3 million deal 
  • He agreed to do a film with them called Airplane Mode 
  • Google nixed $3M deal with company after Paul controversy 
  • Paul posted image of suicide victim in vlog and was suspended from YouTube
  • His career has continued to flourish in recent years  

Logan Paul has been named in a lawsuit from the movie company Planeless Pictures, who claims he intentionally ruined a $3 million deal they had when he posted pictures of a suicide victim on social media nearly three years ago.

Planeless Pictures said that in 2016, they came to an accord with the YouTuber, 25, to do a film called Airplane Mode, TMZ reported, citing court docs.

The Westlake, Ohio-born social media star in the movie was slated to portray a fictionalized portrait of himself, as the motion picture centered around social media stars and influencers.

The latest: Logan Paul, 25, has been named in a lawsuit from the movie company Planeless Pictures, who claims he intentionally ruined a $3 million deal they had when he posted pictures of a suicide victim on social media nearly three years ago

Paul was also going to produce and write the film, and be a point person to recruit other notables names such as Juanpa Zureta, Nick Bateman, Amanda Cerny and his brother Jake Paul to be associated with the project.

The film would subsequently be put out via the influencers in a monetized fashion, the company said in court docs, and YouTube parent company had agreed to pay $3 million to license it.

Things changed, however, when Logan was caught in scandal in after a December 31, 2017 vlog when he posted a shot of a person who had hanged themselves in Aokigahara, Japan near Mount Fuji, which Planeless said in legal docs led to Google nixing the deal.

Paul – who was subsequently temporarily suspended from the platform – posted an apologetic video amid the scandal on January 2, 2018.

Logan was caught in scandal in after a December 31, 2017 vlog when he posted a shot of a person who had hanged themselves in Aokigahara, Japan near Mount Fuji

Logan was caught in scandal in after a December 31, 2017 vlog when he posted a shot of a person who had hanged themselves in Aokigahara, Japan near Mount Fuji

Out and about: The social media personality was snapped last month in LA

Out and about: The social media personality was snapped last month in LA

‘I should have never posted the video,’ he said. ‘I should have put the cameras down and stopped recording what we were going through. There’s a lot of things I should have done differently but I didn’t. And for that, from the bottom of my heart, I am sorry.’

He told Good Morning America in February of 2018 that he’d exhibited ‘a horrible lack of judgment’ in posting the image of the tragedy.

He said he’s a ‘good guy who made a bad decision’ and opened up about the backlash he’d experienced in the wake of the post.

He's slated to take on boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, 43, in February

He’s slated to take on boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, 43, in February

‘This has been, to be honest with you, the hardest time in my life,’ he said. ‘It’s been tough, cause ironically I’m being told to commit suicide myself. Millions of people literally telling me they hate me, to go die in a fire. Like, the most horrible, horrific things.’

Paul vowed ‘to learn from it and be a better person.’

His career has continued to flourish in recent years, as he’s taken to the boxing ring in highly-publicized bout with media star KSI and is slated to take on boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, 43, in February. 

If you or anyone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text ‘STRENGTH’ to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or click here.   

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