- Javier Aliaga posted a video of himself confronting David Dobrik, whom he used to call his idol.
- He pressed Dobrik and his ex-assistant about allegations the Vlog Squad gave underage girls alcohol.
- Dobrik walked away, and Aliaga said he was “shocked” by the response.
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A video has emerged of a former fan confronting the YouTube star David Dobrik over his role in the events that led to a rape allegation against Dominykas Zeglaitis, aka Durte Dom, who was a member of Dobrik’s YouTube collective, the Vlog Squad.
The vlogger Javier Aliaga, who describes Dobrik as his “number one (ex) idol” on Instagram, has a YouTube following of 7,000 subscribers, and more than 11,000 Instagram followers. On Monday, he posted a video of himself confronting Dobrik and his former assistant Natalie Mariduena to his Instagram account.
In the video, Aliaga can be seen approaching Mariduena as she leaves the car with Dobrik, asking in relation to the night that led to the allegations against Zeglaitis, “Who gave the alcohol to the young girls? Was it your boyfriend Todd?”
The Vlog Squad member Todd Smith has been dating Mariduena since September.
In March, Insider reported that a friend of Zeglaitis’ accuser, who was underage at the time, said she remembered Smith asking the group what kind of alcohol people wanted after Dobrik suggested that they “loosen up” and that Smith and his fellow Vlog Squad member Jeff Wittek returned to the apartment with Smith holding a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. Those claims were corroborated by fellow YouTuber Trisha Paytas, who was dating the Vlog Squad member Jason Nash. In a conversation with Insider at the time, Wittek denied buying the alcohol.
After the allegations came to light, Dobrik faced backlash and lost a string of high-profile sponsorship deals. He then posted an apology video on March 22 before taking a three-month break from social media. He returned to YouTube and started posting regular vlogs again on June 16.
In Aliaga’s video, Mariduena appeared to react with confusion at his question. The vlogger then approached Dobrik, telling him that he “made a mistake” with his return before asking him if he too was involved in buying alcohol for “young girls.”
Dobrik responded by saying: “You’re asking a crazy question because we don’t know that.”
“Somebody does,” Aliaga replied.
Mariduena interjected, telling Aliaga that this is “a really weird conspiracy theory you have right now.” Dobrik added, “You don’t know the details of anything.”
As Mariduena appeared to tell nearby security guards that Aliaga was harassing them, he told Dobrik, “I don’t look up to you anymore dude.” The YouTuber then walked away, shaking his head.
In a lengthy Instagram caption, Aliaga wrote: “David Dobrik tries to sneakily walk around behind me QUICK to the door to avoid the confrontation but i caught him and pressed him heavily. David Dobrik is r*pe enabler and a liar.”
He also said in the Instagram post that it seemed like Dobrik “didn’t care whatsoever.” Aliaga wrote that he used to be “a huge fan” of Dobrik, and that he was the reason Aliaga started a YouTube channel and began making vlogs.
Aliaga uploaded the footage to his YouTube channel on Wednesday, titling the video, “confronting David Dobrik and Natalie.”
Aliaga told Insider that he had previously met Wittek, who cut his friend’s hair while he worked in a barbershop before his arrest for drug possession in 2011. Aliaga added that the way Dobrik responded to the allegations “broke my heart” and that he “couldn’t look up to him anymore.”
He told Insider, “When I saw a moment to confront him and Natalie, instead of being like others that ask for a picture, I needed to get to the bottom of it. So I got my phone and recorded on Snapchat to document it, and how they reacted was shocking, still shook by it.”
Neither Dobrik, Mariduena, nor Smith immediately responded to Insider’s request for comment.