The YouTube star Logan Paul has apologised and deleted a video of him and his friends discovering a body in Japan’s so-called suicide forest.
The Aokigahara forest has developed a reputation as a site where many Japanese people have killed themselves.
In the video, released late last month, Paul and his friends were planning to camp in the forest overnight but stumbled upon a corpse hanging from a tree.
Paul blurred the face of the body, but he and his friends stood around the corpse and filmed it before leaving the forest.
“I’ve never made a mistake like this before,” Paul said in an apology on Twitter on Monday.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
And he also published a short apology video on his YouTube channel on Tuesday:
Paul initially found fame through the Twitter-owned video service Vine and has since migrated to posting daily videos on YouTube. His younger brother is Jake Paul, a fellow YouTube star who has been accused of turning his neighbourhood into a “war zone” after a series of parties, stunts, and fan attention.
YouTube issued a statement on Tuesday morning in response to the video and the uproar around it.
I just received an official statement from a contact at @Youtube regarding the outrage and controversy around Logan Paul’s (now self-removed) “We found a dead body” top trending Youtube video.
I’ll save my personal comment for later. Just wanted to pass this along. pic.twitter.com/JNTQDMVvT4
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) January 2, 2018