The Singapore Police Force is investigating Singaporean Youtuber and radio deejay Dee Kosh after several police reports were lodged against him for allegedly sexual harassment of teenage boys.
The reports were made following a series of sexual harassment allegations by several teenage boys sharing screenshots on social media over the weekend, where Dee Kosh asking them for nude picture and sexual favours.
With that allegations surfaced, Dee Kosh, whose real name is Darryl Ian Koshy on Saturday (15 Aug) has denied all the allegations on his Instagram and said that he would be “taking the necessary steps to clear this all up”.
However, a few days later on Monday (17 Aug), Dee Kosh shared a post on his social media accounts, admitting that “there is truth to some of the things which are being said now”.
In the photo shared on the post, it wrote that some of the allegations baffled him “because they were baseless and untrue”.
“However, even though I had put out on an earlier statement on Instastories denying allegations which had surfaced initially, I now admit that there is truth to some of the things which are being said now, and I am sorry to the people I have hurt in the process,” Dee Kosh said.
He also mentioned the circulated screenshot of him texting with a 15-year-old boy that he now accepts is “problematic”.
“My tone was questionable, but there was absolutely no intent to groom him,” he clarified, adding that he “did not ever have any sexual relations with him or any minor”.
The Youtuber, who has more than 380k subscribers on his channel, also rebutted the allegation of him looking for paid sex on dating apps and using his talent management business “as a platform for anything else apart from working with all our clients for content creation and entertainment”.
His Facebook post has since garnered over 1.1k reactions from netizens, with more than 900 comments and 1k shares.
The alleged victim
The first accusation was emerged online when an Instagram user @_epaul shared a post on Saturday (15 Aug) claiming Dee Kosh had sexually harassed him under the “guise of recruiting me for his channel and tried to cover his dirty tracks”. The post however has been removed from his account.
@_epaul said that Dee Kosh kept messaging him on telegram using the secret chat function, “baiting me and luring me with money, trying to get me to give him blowjobs under the guise of its for a celebrity but u[you] must be blindfolded in order to protect the identity of him/her”, according to Hype and Stuff.
He also revealed that Dee Kosh tried to groom him by asking him to send over a selfie every day while “kept asking for sexual favours” though he had rejected those requests.
On the next day (16 Aug), @_epaul uploaded a lawyer’s letter from DC Law firm which demanded him to “immediately cease and desist” from publishing the offending content about Dee Kosh.
Following the disclosure, several people also stepped forward on social media to share their similar encounters, with some of whom showing screenshots of message conversation between them and Dee Kosh.
The screenshots shared by another Instagram user @sxmuel.l showed that a Telegram user who goes by ‘deekosh’ has offered “1k” and asked @sxmuel.l to come over his house without giving specific reason.
A Twitter user @DisperateFool recounted his experience of being disturbed by Dee Kosh, while expressing that he felt disturbing on how persistent and manipulative of Dee Kosh in emphasising “how the arrangement must involve sex”.
What I have to say about the Dee Kosh allegations based on my experience. I’m speaking up because I hope others will come forward too and not let him get away with gaslighting any of the victims who spoke up. pic.twitter.com/epqSdrPtuo
— praveen. (@DisparateFool) August 15, 2020
Meanwhile, an author of Bubbly Books, Eliza Teoh also took to her Facebook page on Tuesday (18 Aug) to denounce Dee Kosh “verbal harassment” on her and another author, Nicole Choo which happened in few years ago.
According to Ms Teoh, Dee Kosh had posted a video online, mocking Nicole’s work and look after ‘Nineteen’ written by Nicole had hit the Straits Times Bestselling List.
“The whole horrible saga started with him posting a YouTube video reading out her work and mocking her looks, her work, degrading her as a person. Nicole was only 19 then. He was 30. To this day, I don’t know why he, together with another grown man called Hirzi, would dress up as women and mock a teenage girl, using sexual slurs, just for having the audacity to launch a book,” she wrote.
Initially, Ms Teoh assumed that it was triggered “by the fact that Nicole had achieved some level of success which they felt was not deserved”, however she was later found out that Dee Kosh “had been obsessively mocking her since she was 15”.
Expressing her thoughts on this saga, she noted, “Whether the accusations are true, only time will tell. All I can say now is that there is a clear pattern of his predatory behaviour towards young girls and boys.”
Lawyer no longer representing Dee Kosh; Dee Kosh gone on leave from work
Responding to the letter sent to alleged victim, one of the lawyers named in the letter, Fong Wei Li said he was “unable to comment because we no longer act for Dee Kosh,” as reported in Yahoo News.
The radio station, Power 98 FM – where Dee Kosh works as a part-time DJ – also issued a statement on Monday, noting that Dee Kosh is currently on leave” and the radio station “does not tolerate any form of harassment”.