A trial date is set in the Piper Rockelle YouTube alleged child exploitation case
- A trial date has been set in the
child exploitationcase against YouTuber Piper Rockelle's mother.
- The trial will occur on April 17, 2023, according to LA county case information available online.
A trial date has been set for the alleged abuse and exploitation case against
The jury trial will take place on April 17, 2023, according to the LA county case database.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles back in January this year, is by 11 former members of Piper's so-called "Piper Squad," a group of fellow teen YouTubers who make vlog-style videos with Piper and boost each other's content and social media profiles.
The plaintiffs are suing Smith and her boyfriend, Hunter Hill, with allegations of emotional and sexual abuse, as well as financial exploitation. The lawsuit alleges Smith made sexually explicit comments to the children, touched multiple young girls on their legs, and smacked one girl's body with a wooden spoon, among other claims.
It also alleges Smith and Hill did not pay the child influencers for appearing in Piper's videos, and includes one claim from a young girl who says she accompanied Smith to the post office, where Smith mailed Piper's old underwear to an unknown person.
Smith and Hill filed an answer in May "generally and specifically" denying every allegation listed in the plaintiffs' complaint.
"There's nothing in the answer that materially impacts our views of the case, but as always, we look forward to reviewing documents, video recordings, text messages and testimony now that discovery has opened," Matthew Sarelson, the plaintiffs' lawyer, told Insider in May.
YouTube indefinitely demonetized Piper's channel and removed it from the YouTube Partner Program in February after Insider brought a number of allegations against Smith and Hill to the platform's attention.
Soon after the plaintiffs' lawsuit was filed, a video was uploaded to Piper's channel where the family said Smith was moving from California to Georgia. In May, a similar video was uploaded to the channel saying that Piper was moving away, and urging followers to go to a separate website where viewers could pay for access to exclusive content.
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visit their website to receive confidential support.
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