- Arcadum, a Twitch streamer, has been accused of sexual harassment by several members of his community.
- More than 21 Twitlonger statements from former contributors were released last week.
- The transmitter responded in its own statement that it “never participated in non-consensual activities.”
The streamer who gained fans for playing Dungeons and Dragons online is responding to a wave of allegations of misconduct that have surfaced on social media this week.
Streamer Jeremy Black, known online as Arcadum, dropped the allegations of emotional manipulation and sexual harassment of nearly two dozen people in a statement Thursday.
Over the past week, 21 streamers and colleagues who worked or collaborated with Black posted statements from Twitlonger detailing their alleged experiences with him. The allegations ranged from Black masturbating while he was calling to forcing a woman against the wall to kiss her.
Black, who has more than 240,000 followers on Twitch and ran a virtual reality role-playing world called Callous Row, works with popular streamers such as Michael Reeves, LilyPichu and Moon Moon, as well as traditional celebrities such as Felicia Day.
Black had created a network of volunteer artists, coders, and community members to help him run his Dungeon and Dragons campaigns and Callous Row role-playing sessions.
Some members of this community alleged that Black used his position to pressure women to gratify him emotionally and sexually.
Three women claim that black women sexually harassed them online and in virtual reality
Several women said Black sexually harassed them at Discord or the video game VRChat, where users can control the bodies of avatars using virtual reality controllers and headphones. Most of the women Black participated with were VTuber streamers, which use virtual avatars controlled with facial and body tracking technology. None of those who shared their stories published their real names and many of the stories that happened in the game were not recorded and had no corroboration.
—Arcadum (@GloriousArcadum) September 2, 2021
Kelli Siren, a Twitch streamer with 17,000 followers, wrote that she had been a close friend of Black’s for 3 years. He said that while on a virtual reality chat call, Black commented on his character’s breasts and asked “if I could touch them.” He wrote that he would ask her to “help him find sexual releases” and “he got very tired of random requests to do sexual things” after saying he denied his requests several times.
“Sometimes, I would say yes, because I would just get tired of dealing with the constant questions,” Siren wrote. “I was afraid he would leave our friendship. I was afraid of him.”
Siren describes her actions as “harassing” the Twitlonger and shared the alleged messages of Discord on Black appearing to coerce her into sexual activity (Insider could not confirm the authenticity of these messages).
“The longer I knew him, the more pain and paranoia brought me to life,” Siren wrote.
Siren did not answer questions prior to posting time.
UzuriMia, a Twitch streamer with 11,000 followers, wrote in his statement that Black would ask him for VR “back dances” in June 2020 (he told Insider that he had additional foot and hip tracking that allowed him to dance) . In the statement he stated that a month later, Black asked him for “erotic role-playing”. She told him she was not interested and they stopped talking soon after. He told Insider that he would classify his actions as “harassment” because “I told him I didn’t feel comfortable doing sex with him and he pushed and pushed repeatedly until I said no and would shut him down completely.”
“Honestly, I was afraid of making things uncomfortable or being kicked out of RP or that he was no longer my friend,” UzuriMia wrote.
Lyra121, creator of a VRChat avatar, said in her statement that Black called for “personal dances around.” Lyra121 declined to comment.
Twitch broadcaster Remi The Siren, who has 22,000 followers, wrote in her statement that Black “asked me if I was okay with him masturbating while he was calling me and if I could help him,” which he said it made him “EXTREMELY uncomfortable.” He wrote that he felt pressured to force it, as he was a member of his campaign and “had money on my head and a D&D group spot”. Remi did not return any requests for comment.
“Once he finished, he said he was tired and he had just started walking his voice,” Remi wrote The Siren.
Momo, a VTuber with more than 200,000 Twitch followers, wrote that he believed he was “ready” for Black and that he “twisted me to always believe his words, no matter what we talked about.” Momo did not return any comments.
A complaint was filed off the Internet. Folkona said in a Google Doc statement that she was “sexually assaulted” by Black in November 2019. She claimed that she invited him to her home for a weekend and that she had asked for a “hug” that “took him to force me against the wall “and” he started kissing my neck and trying to hide it behind the crying. ” Folkona did not return any requests for comment.
Many of the other statements echoed similar allegations against Black.
Black responded in a Twitlonger after the allegations spread online
After the Twitlongers published about Black’s alleged behavior, the OVO of the NOVO influence agency Devin Nash published its own Twitlonger to announce that Black would be abandoned as a customer.
—Devin (@DevinNash) August 31, 2021
In Black Thursday’s response, the streamer wrote that he “developed and maintained a wide range of relationships with people over the years” and that he “never participated in non-consensual activities.” She wrote that her fiancé Tiffany Tiefling found out last week about sexual messages Black sent to other women.
“It was a painful experience and as a result, I learned and took into account many of the mistakes I made,” Black wrote. “I will not stream, as I continue to reflect on my actions and seek therapy for personal issues I have been struggling with for a long time.”
Tiefling, live, said he “read” the direct message conversations Black had with women at Discord and distanced himself from him “by the time I saw evidence.”
“The first women involved came together after Arcadum banned us from a bunch of servers,” said NaomiOop, one of the women who issued a statement and a Twitch streamer with 80,000 followers, he told Insider. “We realized, we put two and two together, and then we realized … how many … many … that we were.”
A representative of Black declined to comment on the details of this story.