YouTube star Logan Paul has made an emotional apology after sharing a video of a dead man hanging in a Japanese forest.
Paul’s video was met with outrage after it was posted on his YouTube channel on Sunday. The video reportedly showed Paul making jokes about a dead body hanging from a tree in the Aokigahara forest, near Mount Fuji.
The 22-year-old, who has over 15 million YouTube subscribers, posted an apology on Twitter, acknowledging that he should never have posted the video and confessing to “a severe and continuous lapse” in judgement.
“From the bottom of my heart, I am sorry,” he said. “I want to apologise to anyone who has seen the video. I want to apologise to anyone who has been affected or touched by mental illness or depression or suicide, but most importantly I want to apologise to the victim and his family.
“For my fans who are defending my actions, please don’t – they do not deserve to be defended.”
The video was uploaded on Sunday and had millions of views on YouTube before it was taken down.
How dare you! You disgust me. I can't believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad. Hopefully this latest video woke them up. You are pure trash. Plain and simple. Suicide is not a joke. Go rot in hell.