YouTube star jailed for tricking homeless man into eating Oreos filled with toothpaste
Kanghua Ren, who lives in Barcelona, Spain, had more than a million subscribers and went by the username “ReSet”.
But the 21-year-old won’t be publishing new videos anytime soon after being found guilty of a “crime against moral integrity” for the sick prank.
ReSet filmed himself humiliating homeless 52-year-old Romanian Gheorghe L, in January 2017.
It was a lucrative video — pocketing him €2,180 (£1,935) according to Spanish media.
“Maybe I’ve gone a bit far, but look at the positive side: This will help you clean you teeth”
ReSet, who replaced the vanilla Oreo filling with toothpaste himself, joked in the clip: “Maybe I’ve gone a bit far, but look at the positive side: This will help you clean you teeth.”
He added: “I think he hasn’t cleaned them since he became poor.”
But ReSet was slammed for the prank, which allegedly made his victim so ill he vomited.
Trying to mitigate his actions, he complained in another video that he was only receiving backlash because the victim was homeless.
“For sure if I do it to a normal person they will not say anything,” he said.
The YouTuber deleted the video a few days later and went to find Gheorghe again, on January 24, with the intention of spending a night sleeping rough with him and filming it for social media.
Prosecutors said this was an attempt to ”restore his image” and “ingratiate himself with public opinion.”
They added that his motivation to apologise was “loss of income,” because the YouTuber had lost the favour of an advertising company.
ReSet also offered Gheorghe €300 (£266) “so he would not talk”, the court heard.
Speaking with the help of a Romanian interpreter, Gheorghe said that after eating the tainted biscuits, ”I found myself ill at five minutes and vomited.”
Ren was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay €20,000 (£17,755) in compensation to his victim.
He was also ordered to close his YouTube channel for five years and not create another one in this time period.
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