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YouTuber Tati Westbrook is charged with fraud in a lawsuit filed by her business partner

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Tati Westbrook can't escape the drama. "data-reactid =" 17 ">Tati Westbrook can't seem to be escaping the drama.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "According to court documents from E! News, the YouTube star and her husband, James Westbrookare being sued by a former business partner Clark Swanson for breach of contract, gross negligence and fraudulent incitement in relation to Tati's Halo Beauty vitamin line. "data-reactid =" 18 "> According to court documents from E! News, the YouTube star and her husband, James Westbrookare being sued by a former business partner Clark Swanson for breach of contract, gross negligence and fraudulent incitement in relation to Tati's Halo Beauty vitamin line.

The lawsuit states that Swanson has agreed to own 50 percent of the nutritional supplement company, while Tati and James own the other half. However, Swanson claims that just before Halo Beauty officially launched in 2018, James and Tati came to him with an offer: "Give them two-thirds of the deal and in return the Westbrooks would commit to using Halo Beauty as a woman . " Westbrook's umbrella brand for all of their beauty introductions – cosmetics, skincare, fragrance, all Tati Westbrook beauty products. Mr. Swanson agreed to these terms. "

Swanson goes on to claim that Tati made promises that her star power would lead to sales, describing how "Ms. Westbrook claimed the product didn't matter, she could still be an & # 39; st product & # 39; to her loyal followers. 39; sell. "

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Swanson also claims that Tati assured him of this companion YouTube- Like personalities Jeffree Star, Manny Mua, James Charles and Laura Lee I would support the product and claim that they have turned down lucrative advertising contracts with their competitor Sugar Bear Hair out of loyalty to it. "data-reactid =" 26 "> Swanson also claims that Tati assured him that other YouTube personalities like this Jeffree Star, Manny Mua, James Charles and Laura Lee I would support the product and claim that they turned down lucrative advertising contracts with competitor Sugar Bear Hair out of loyalty to it.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "In the documents it is noted that their promise of endorsements invaded 2019. "Ms. Westbrook's claim to influence was undermined when James Charles supported Sugar Bear Hair in an April 22, 2019 Instagram story that read the court documents. Ms. Westbrook reported on May 10, 2019 posted a video & # 39; Bye Sister, & # 39; accused Mr. Charles of inappropriate sexual behavior. "data-reactid =" 27 "> The documents indicate that their promises of endorsements in 2019 went sour." Ms. Westbrook's claim to influence was undermined when James Charles endorsed Sugar Bear Hair in an April 22, 2019 Instagram story that read the court documents. On May 10, 2019, Ms. Westbrook posted a video entitled "Bye Sister". accuses Mr. Charles of inappropriate sexual behavior.

"Oh my god, you tried to get a straight man to believe he was gay," Tati claimed at the time. "And somehow you're the victim. It's really disgusting to manipulate someone's sexuality, especially when they grow up and haven't figured it out. You use your fame, your power, your money to play with people's emotions. You are threatening to ruin them, you are threatening to embarrass them and you are doing this so that they will behave sexually in your favor, even if they are straight, and you know what? This is not okay. "

James Charles, Tati Westbrook

More<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "In a response video, James broke his silence on Tati's allegations, saying"I'm a 19 year old virgin," said James in the video. "I really don't get a lot of action. I have never and never would use my fame, money, or power to manipulate or get sexual activity from a guy. That's disgusting." "Data-reactid =" 40 "> In a video response, James broke his silence over Tati's allegations and said," I'm a 19-year-old virgin, "said James in the video." I really don't get much action. I have and never would and will never use my fame, money, or power to manipulate or get sexual activity from a guy. That is disgusting. "

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "After James & # 39; comments, Tati went to Twitter She wanted the drama to end. "I was in touch with James Charles through a mediator for the past week and we believe it is in the best interests of our community, our viewers, and our own mental health to express this on the matter Quiet, " She wrote. "data-reactid =" 41 "> After James' comments, Tati went to Twitter to say that the drama should be over." I contacted James Charles through an intermediary last week and we believe it is in the best interests of our community, our viewers, and our own mental health to calm this matter, "she wrote.

Swanson also describes his meetings with makeup makers and others in the cosmetics industry, but claims that James and Tati were "actively involved in Mr. Swanson's efforts to develop Halo Beauty."

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "According to the lawsuit, the influencer went back to Swansons launch a separate beauty brand In 2019, she sold reusable beauty mixers and an eyeshadow palette made by Seed Beauty under her own name. In addition, Swanson claims that without his knowledge, the Westbrooks began planning to introduce additional products for Tati Beauty, including perfumes and other makeup items. "Data-reactid =" 56 "> According to the lawsuit, the influencer went behind Swanson's back in 2019 to launch her own beauty brand under her own name that sells reusable beauty mixers and an eyeshadow palette made by Seed Beauty who had started planning the introduction of additional products for Tati Beauty, including perfumes and other makeup items, would have Westbrooks started without his knowledge.

In an alleged March email, Swanson warned James, "Tati Fragrance is a line of products that we thought about when we founded Halo and when I gave you and Tati a controlling stake in the company. Even if you're right, that Tati Fragrance could be good for Halo, there is no better way for Halo than to let Halo own and operate the fragrance piece of the business.As an officer / member / owner of Halo, I don't believe any of us can make this claim in good faith Any other approach would be in Halo's best interests. Please reconsider Tati and your obligations to Halo. "

Swanson has moved to bring Tati and James to court and is seeking damages.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Tati has the lawsuit. However, her lawyer Douglas Fox gave a statement to E! News. "Data-reactid =" 59 "> Tati has not yet publicly addressed the claims made in the lawsuit, but her lawyer does Douglas Fox gave a statement to E! News.

"Clark Swanson's lawsuit is unfounded … his absurd claim that Tati Westbrook forever granted him one-third of her name, image and likeness in return for a modest initial capital investment. Swanson's claim is not only unfounded but offensive and defies common sense, "explained Fuchs. "This is especially true given that Swanson received millions in dividends from Halo Beauty, almost entirely due to the efforts of Westbrooks. Tati and James will vigorously defend this lawsuit and are confident the truth will come out and prevail."

The YouTuber hasn't posted any videos on her channel in four months after declaring she was taking a break from the limelight.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "In her last post, which she uploaded in June 2020 Tati addressed her feud with James Charles, claiming that they were YouTubers Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star "manipulated" them among other things, to express their opinions that were critical of Charles. She claimed this was the reason she created the "Bye Sister" video, not because of his partnership with Sugar Bear Hair. "Data-reactid =" 62 "> In her last post, which she uploaded in June 2020, Tati spoke of her feud with James Charles, who claims that other YouTubers Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star "manipulated" them to express their opinions, which were critical of Charles, among others. She claimed this was the reason she created the "Bye Sister" video, not because of his partnership with Sugar Bear Hair.