The dust from the Tati Westbrook and James Charles drama hasn't settled yet, thanks to recently unearthed text messages from James' friend and fellow YouTuber Nikita Dragun.
To jog your memory, Tati Westbrook and James Charles' feud started over James promoting supplements from a competitor of Westbrook's Halo Beauty brand. Then, things took a turn for the worst when Westbrook claimed James sexually manipulated men and betrayed her trust, among other things. (You can read our full breakdown of the feud here.)
On Tuesday, Nikita Dragun came to James' rescue when she released a series of text messages between her and James, in the hopes of trying to prove James' innocence. In the messages, James asks for Nikita to help him secure security at Coachella because he was "in VIP and getting attacked."
heard a situation needed some clarification 👀 my friend was in an emergency and texted me in the moment... unfortunately since @dragunbeauty used all of our marketing budget on the 𝓯𝓪𝓷𝓽𝓪𝓼𝔂, i connected him with sugar bear. nothing shady. pic.twitter.com/fNNtMReApm- Mama Dragun (@NikitaDragun) May 14, 2019
Dragun tweeted, "heard a situation needed some clarification 👀 my friend was in an emergency and texted me in the moment... unfortunately since @dragunbeauty used all of our marketing budget on the 𝓯𝓪𝓷𝓽𝓪𝓼𝔂, i connected him with sugar bear. nothing shady."
Many of Dragun's fans believed she only added fuel to the flame since those text messages didn't exactly support James story. After all, James still reached out to Sugar Bear for help, knowing the brand was one of Halo's competitors...or did he? According to Tea Spills, a popular YouTube channel knowing for, well, "spilling tea," joined the conversation on Twitter by posting a message James allegedly sent to them in which he said that Sugar Bear reached out to him offering extra backstage passes.
Alright so... James texted Nikita asking if she could get him a SBH sponsorship but he told me that he was being mobbed and sugar bear reached out to HIM.. sister lied to me 💔 pic.twitter.com/xQA962OzNM- ᵗᵉᵃ spill (@TeaSpillYT) May 14, 2019
Tea Spill followed up with another screenshot of a conversation with James where he explained that Sugar Bear requested an Instagram Story of its new vitamins and he agreed with "no thought, no emotion behind it."
Safe to say, fans aren't buying it and accused Nikita of fabricating the text messages:
@NikitaDragun texts with @jamescharles doesnt help him at all imo. Like Tati said in her video he should have gone home. U don’t sell out ur friendship for an event & he promoted a product he tried like once to all of his young followers. He’s selfish on many levels. #byesister- BamBe Fabulash (@BamBeFabulash) May 14, 2019
A normal text versus Nikita draguns text from James Charles. Something looks fishy. Brilliance 1.00 brightness and contrast -1.00. SOOO FAKE TEXTS UR WELCOME #jamescharles #jamescharlesisoverparty #gabrielzamora #nikitadragun #tatiwestbrook pic.twitter.com/tgp5CImVmg- laur (@lauren_millerr) May 14, 2019
how did this all happen within 3 mins.- EliasXBoeser (@canucksYS) May 14, 2019
7:19 James asks for sbh security.
7:20 Nikita asks her sbh person. 7:21 sbh already says yes.
This tweet actually makes things worse. It shows that he clearly doesn't care about his audience and promoted something he never tried before (and hated the brand actually) just so that he can have a good time at Coachella.- marouaab (@marouaab2) May 14, 2019
The saga continues...
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