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YouTuber Logan Paul is being sued for more than $3.5 million for torpedoing a planned movie with his disturbing “suicide forest” video, according to a report.
Production company Planeless Pictures claimed in court papers obtained by People magazine that they had a deal to make a film with the 25-year-old vlogger playing himself.
The production already had a $3.5 million deal with Google — but it was scuttled amid the huge backlash to Paul’s 2017 video of a dead body in Japan’s notorious “suicide forest,” the report said.
“Google determined that the suicide broadcast was a noncurable event pursuant to its agreement with Planeless,” the documents said.
“As a result, Planeless never received the compensation that Google was contractually obligated to pay to it — $3,500,000,” the documents claimed, according to the mag.
The movie — a parody on social media influencers titled “Airplane Mode” — was expected to be a huge draw as it starred other huge online stars, including Paul’s brother Jake as well as Juanpa Zurita, Nick Bateman, Amanda Cerny and Casey Neistat, the company said.
Yet Paul “knew that the broadcast of the suicide would have a substantial impact on his followers and would also have a serious adverse impact on Planeless,” the lawsuit reportedly claimed.
The vlogger, who has almost 23 million YouTube subscribers, “intended to take advantage of the substantial anticipated exposure that the broadcast of the suicide would generate and thus enhance Paul’s celebrity,” the lawsuit said, according to People.
The Youtuber-turned-boxer “acted in reckless disregard for the adverse consequences that he knew would result to Planeless,” the lawsuit claimed.
The company is seeking the full amount it expected from Google along with “general” and “consequential” damages, in addition to attorney’s fees and costs, People said.
Paul has repeatedly apologized for the suicide clip, insisting he posted it to raise awareness for suicide and not “for the views.”
Like his brother, Paul has since dedicated himself to boxing — and is set to fight Floyd Mayweather in February.
A representative for Paul did not respond to a request for comment, People said.
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