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YouTuber and DJ Dee Kosh apologises for ‘questionable’ tone with teenage boy amid police probe into alleged sexual harassment

SINGAPORE — Popular YouTuber and radio deejay Dee Kosh, who is the subject of a police investigation over the alleged sexual harassment of teenage boys, has apologised for what he called an “inappropriate” online conversation with a 15-year-old boy.

Popular YouTuber and radio deejay Dee Kosh (pictured) issued an apology on Aug 17, 2020 for an inappropriate conversation with a 15-year-old boy.

Popular YouTuber and radio deejay Dee Kosh (pictured) issued an apology on Aug 17, 2020 for an inappropriate conversation with a 15-year-old boy.

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SINGAPORE — Popular YouTuber and radio deejay Dee Kosh, who is the subject of a police investigation over the alleged sexual harassment of teenage boys, has apologised for what he called an “inappropriate” online conversation with a 15-year-old boy.

Dee Kosh, 32, whose real name is Darryl Ian Koshy, said while his tone with the boy was “questionable”, he “did not ever have sexual relations with him or any minor”.

On Saturday, he had denied all allegations of sexual harassment, saying that he would be taking “necessary steps to clear this all up”. He engaged a lawyer who issued a cease and desist letter to one alleged victim, who complied by taking down posts containing the allegations.

“I now admit that there is truth to some of the things which are being said now, and I am sorry to the people I have hurt in the process,” Dee Kosh stated in an Instagram post on Monday (Aug 17) evening, after several police reports had been filed against him. However, he did not elaborate.

The allegations of sexual harassment and improper conduct surfaced on social media sites Twitter and Instagram starting on Saturday, with accusers claiming that Dee Kosh had asked them for nude pictures and sexual favours.

The alleged victims, some of whom posted screenshots of conversations with him, claimed that they had chatted with him via popular messaging app Telegram and in direct messages via Instagram.

Earlier on Monday, the police confirmed with TODAY that the reports had been made and that they were investigating.

TODAY understands that as of Monday, at least four police reports had been filed against him. Three of the reports detail incidents alleged to have occurred two years ago, involving two boys who were 17 years old and one who was 15 years old at the time. The other report was over an incident that allegedly occurred a fortnight ago, involving a 17-year-old.

In his post on Monday, Dee Kosh wrote: “I have never imagined that I’d have to address a matter like this, but I guess now that it’s out in the open, it is more important for me to get straight to the point.

“I hope that after today, I have your forgiveness.”

Dee Kosh also addressed the controversy surrounding his conversation with the 15-year-old. Screenshots of the chat have since gone viral, saying that he accepts it is “problematic”.

“My tone was questionable, but there was absolutely no intent to groom him. Let me state categorically that I did not ever have any sexual relations with him or any minor,” he wrote.

He added that the “friendly conversation” was “cheeky and inappropriate” though he did not take it any further.

Dee Kosh added that he has never used his talent management business as a “platform for anything else apart from working”, despite some of the alleged victims claiming otherwise in their social media posts.

“My propositions for sex have always been clear and definitive. Just like my proposals to acquire talents for my talent roster. To blur these lines not only paints me as a predator but also impacts my business,” he wrote.

Dee Kosh ended the post by saying that he wants to make “conscious steps to change, to heal, to be the person that I want my family to be proud of”, urging people to refrain from directing any anger and disappointment towards his loved ones.

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