Andrew Callaghan, a freelance journalist known for his YouTube show “All Gas No Brakes” and “Channel 5,” said on Thursday that he was “disappointed that he has been accused of any kind of harassment physically or mentally against anyone.”
His statement, released by his lawyer, comes days after two women went public after posting separate videos on TikTok accusing Callaghan of sexual assault and harassment. sex. The posts made their way to Twitter, YouTube and Reddit, where Callaghan’s fans expressed shock and dismay about the allegations.
“Discussions about weight and consent are very important and Andrew wants to have these discussions, so he can continue to learn and grow,” Callaghan’s representative said without comment. and addressing specific allegations made on TikToks.
“Andrew vows to excel at this level, while reminding his audience that even if one concerned partner is too many, there are many sides to a story,” the rep said. “Andrew is fully committed to working with professionals to better understand himself and the ways in which he can grow and improve as a human being, especially in his developmental stages and the challenges that come with it. .”
Callaghan rose to fame with “All Gas No Breaks,” in which he interviewed people in rural areas, including Bigfoot hunters, commercial stars and the Proud Boys. The show was released in the fall of 2019 in partnership with the social media company Doing Things Media. Callaghan later started “Channel 5,” a YouTube spinoff series. YouTube did not respond to NBC News’ request for comment.
He recently directed an article about the riots on January 6, titled “This Law’s Place.” The film, made in collaboration with the production company A24, dropped on HBO Max on December 30. A spokesperson for HBO Max directed NBC News to A24 for comment. A spokesperson for A24 did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
The first woman to accuse Callaghan of sexual misconduct, Caroline Elise, said in her video that she allowed Callaghan to stay in her home but was “very clear about the fact that we’re not dating.” Elise alleged that Callaghan went to her bed and kept pushing her until she agreed “to do things I wouldn’t be proud of.”
“I tried to come to him person to person and try to make him answer for what he did, but his explanation was what happened the night he assaulted me it’s so wrong,” said Elise. “I’m going to tell you that we finally got an agreement, and the main reason we got an agreement was because he discouraged me.”
Elise’s TikTok video received 189,000 views. He declined to comment to NBC News.
“It’s more difficult to relive the pain I experienced every day by seeing this man as a righteous fighter, someone who cares about human rights, has a position,” Elise said in her video. “You shouldn’t support him.”
A second woman, who goes by Dana online, said Callaghan began touching her without consent while he was driving her home. He allegedly touched her inner thigh, kissed her neck and tried to put his hand down her pants.
Dana, who did not respond to a request for comment, said she had had sex with Callaghan before, but she did not want to have sex with him again.
Her four-part series discussing her alleged experience with Callaghan received more than 140,000 views.
On Thursday, singer Tim Heidecker – who worked as a producer on “This Place Rules” – said on his podcast “Office Hours”. he had “no plans” to continue working with Callaghan and made the allegations “very serious.”
“It’s been a very painful week for us, a very difficult experience to deal with,” Heidecker said on the podcast, which was published on his YouTube channel. “Yes, we are aware of the allegations. We take it seriously. Very sad and happy, to say the least. I just want to clarify two things. We have no professional relationship with Andrew at this time and have no plans moving forward to have a relationship with him.
Heidecker did not immediately respond to a request for more information. He emphasized in his speech his belief in the women who stood up.
“We made the movie, and I feel terrible that this movie has these accusations because some good people worked hard on it,” he said about the story. “But it’s just a movie, and I want to say that we believe that these women have come forward and, of course, have condemned the type of behavior that Andrew is accused of.”
“I believe Andrew is responsible for answering these allegations and doing so openly and honestly. I really hope he does that soon.”