- Transgender YouTuber Lilah Gibney has accused “ Team 10” video editor Blane O’Roark of kicking her and her transgender female friend out of Jake Paul’s Team 10 house after allegedly telling them they weren’t “real girls.”
- Gibney told INSIDER that Team 10 manager Adam Quinn asked her not to publicly share information about the confrontation, and told her that Team 10’s legal team would be in contact after she uploaded her video.
- YouTuber Elijah Daniel publicly tweeted his support for Gibney and said he would “pay the lawyer fees” if Team 10 took legal action against her. However, Daniel later posted in an Instagram story that his lawyers said there were “no legal grounds” to sue Gibney.
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YouTuber Lilah Gibney said in a video Saturday that she and a friend were kicked out of social media celebrity Jake Paul’s “ Team 10” house early Saturday morning because she said Team 10 video editor Blane O’Roark didn’t think the transgender women were “real girls.”
Gibney provided INSIDER with screenshots of text messages that appear to show Team 10 manager Adam Quinn asking her to delete her public social media posts about the confrontation, or risk legal action. Quinn did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
Gibney and Raindrop say they were confronted about whether they were ‘real girls’ at the Team 10 house
In her “storytime” video about the alleged incident, Gibney and her friend, Kendall Raindrop, said it had nothing to do with Paul, who Gibney called a “great person.” Rather, the two women said they were confronted by Team 10 video editor Blane O’Roark, who appears in a video Gibney filmed while inside the house. O’Roark didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
Gibney told INSIDER she and Raindrop were on their way home from a party when she was invited by O’Roark and Quinn to the Team 10 house. The two said they took a “$30 Uber” to the $7 million mansion where Paul and his friends and associates live and make content. Gibney said the “energy” in the house was “disgusting” and that it was filled with “random people” she had never seen before.
Gibney said O’Roark then approached her, Raindrop, and at least one of their cisgender female friends and told them they should leave and go to a different party. In the video Gibney took that purportedly shows the confrontation, O’Roark can be heard saying he was “not trying to be disrespectful,” but was “told that girls were coming.”
Gibney and Raindrop told O’Roark they were real girls, and later asked if they “looked like” real girls, to which O’Roark said, “Yeah but you’re like not one,” according to Raindrop.
“It was embarrassing and degrading and disgusting and frustrating and sad,” Gibney said in the video, adding that she and her friends were then forced to leave and the door was locked behind them. Gibney told INSIDER that O’Roark had been the one to invite her to the Team 10 house, then kicked her out once he realized she had brought another transgender woman, Raindrop.
“It’s something trans people in general deal with literally every second, every day,” Gibney said. “This is the least dramatic experience that happens with most trans people, it’s just such a scary world.”
Gibney says Team 10’s manager pressured her to take down her YouTube video and Instagram story about the alleged incident
Gibney shared screenshots from an Instagram DM conversation with INSIDER that she says was between her and Quinn. According to Gibney, she messaged Quinn after leaving the Team 10 house early Saturday morning. In response to hearing that Gibney, Raindrop, and their friends were “treated like dirt,” a person with the username adam.quinn11 said: “I just am hearing a different story from Blaine [sic] so hard to know what happened but obviously I love y’all that’s why I was like ya come over [sic].”
Before this, the account appears to have sent Gibney $75 through PayPal to pay for her Uber rides to and from the Team 10 house.
According to the same screenshots, adam.quinn11 asked Gibney to delete an Instagram story she had previously posted after leaving the Team 10 house. Gibney shared the now-removed video with INSIDER, in which she said, “I’m at the Team 10 house […] me and my friends were literally just told to leave because quote on quote ‘You are a trans and we just thought real girls were coming.'”
In the same text exchange, the adam.quinn11 account says: “Please take it down and I’ll call you.”
Gibney says she recorded the phone call from Quinn from inside her Uber and played part of it in her YouTube video.
“I really recommend that you guys take that down because that’s really really not OK and I understand where you’re coming from but there’s no reason to do that,” the man Gibney says is Quinn can be heard saying on the phone in the video.
Gibney told INSIDER that Quinn called her again later in the day on Saturday, this time with Team 10 affiliate Armani Izadi, and told her that Paul’s reputation was on the line and that there would be consequences if she uploaded her video about the incident. After Gibney uploaded her YouTube video later that day, she says Quinn texted her threatening legal action.
According to the screenshots obtained by INSIDER, Quinn appeared to text Gibney multiple times on Saturday, first to tell her she said “word for word” she was not going to post on social media about the incident, and later that he was “pretty confused and surprised” by her “approach to this situation” after the two “had a very sincere and reasonable conversation about what we both agreed was a simple misunderstanding and not malicious whatsoever.”
“You deciding to publicly share some incredibly defamatory statements about us that you know are not true (and we’re [sic] done illegally), is a huge problem. You recorded a conversation with me without my consent and publicly shared it, which is illegal in the state of California, punishable by up to a year in jail, fines, etc. and has now triggered our legal team to take action [sic],” the texts INSIDER reviewed said.
The California Wiretapping Law makes it a crime to record or eavesdrop on a telephone call without the consent of all parties to the conversation. The conversation in question must be “confidential,” meaning that one of the parties has a “reasonable expectation that no one is listening to or overhearing the conversation,” according to the Digital Media Law Project.
“We could’ve handled this like adults and actually worked together to help raise awareness for the community, but now it’s taken on a different spin since you opted to turn it into a defamatory opportunity for views based on a narrative you and I both know is not true [sic],” the texts go on to say. “I’m sure the legal team would understand if you removed your post and made a statement about this being a misunderstanding (like we both discussed when we spoke), but either way, I wish you the best — we both know this was all unnecessary and the truth always comes out [sic].”
Gibney told INSIDER she signed a nondisclosure agreement that “was strictly for” a party held by Paul at the Team 10 house for rapper Desiigner’s birthday in May. Gibney said she has visited the house more than five times since without signing any additional agreements.
Gibney also said she has received information that people associated with Team 10 have said transphobic things about her when she isn’t around, including using crude language to question whether she has had gender reassignment surgery.
After her YouTube video went live, Gibney told INSIDER that Quinn reached out to her managers, Tana Mongeau (who may be engaged to Paul) and Jordan Worona, and asked for Gibney to be kicked out of Mongeau’s birthday party that Saturday night, or else he and other members of Team 10 would not enter.
Gibney said Paul had arrived separately that evening, and that the request turned out to be “dramatic,” because Mongeau and Worona did not ask her to leave, and while Quinn remained outside the party venue for “over a half hour,” he eventually entered.
Raindrop told INSIDER that Quinn was the “only one” who threatened her and Gibney with legal action, “literally trying to scare us into deleting the video and to make a video undoing it.”
Other YouTubers responded to the incident on Twitter
Social media influencer Elijah Daniel tweeted his support for Gibney and says he’ll pay “lawyer fees” for her if necessary.
Daniel also posted an Instagram story saying that his “lawyers have already looked over @lilahgibney’s situation” and adding that the Team 10 members “have no legal grounds to sue.”
Team 10 member Cole Carrigan announced shortly after Gibney’s story hit the internet that he was “no longer apart of team 10 anymore [sic].” Carrigan, an openly gay makeup artist, had his own Team 10 drama this week over Instagram stories that allege a mural of Carrigan in the house was spray-painted over, which Paul contended was “fake” on the official Team 10 Instagram account.
“Just want to let u guys know that i am no longer apart of team 10 anymore. details will be up later this week. love you. 💕 [sic]” Carrigan’s tweet says.
Gibney retweeted Carrigan’s announcement, and replied: “love u baby ❤️ truth always comes out no matter what [sic].” Carrigan told INSIDER he was making a video about why he left Team 10 Tuesday and that his reasons are “far worse than what happened to lilah.”
Paul did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment. However, he did write a tweet on Tuesday that some believe addresses the drama.
“Its funny that time after time of ppl trying 2 cancel me or the ppl around me that there is ANY weight to it… since day 1 all my ‘controversies’ have been cleared & aired out publicly & they showed nothing but the fact that other parties were lying… try again! ill be beachside,” he wrote.
It is unclear whether Paul was referring specifically to Gibney or not.
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