The Ariana Grande-lookalike claims it was just a goofy home video — but she's being accused of distributing child porn.
update at 2:45pm PT on December 3, 2020
Gabi DeMartino continued to apologize on Thursday, sharing her latest mea culpa to, where else, YouTube.
Titled "this needs to be addressed," DeMartino began the video with a trigger warning and added, "Recently my lack of judgment and poor decisions have led to a very, very serious issue that needs to be addressed. I owe it to you guys."
Gabi said she came across the since-pulled clip while looking through old home movies and said it was a video that brought "laughter and joy" to her family for years. She said she thought the "wont put my panties on" caption was "funny" and a reference to the clip itself, in which the 3-year-old DeMartino "ruined a family moment" by exclaiming her grandmother told her, "put your panties back on."
"It's not funny," she says now. "Never in a million years did I think something that I thought was so innocent could be looked in such an ugly way and I think that's where the problem lies. I’ve realized that I’m so dis-attached with reality that it didn't even cross my mind that this could be viewed like this. That's a serious issue, it's not funny, it will never be funny and it's not okay and I'm really sorry."
"It was definitely a huge lack of my character and my judgement," she added. "If you know me, you know I would never condone anything like this. It really hurts to know the pain that I've caused for so many people, my family, my friends, my fans, my supporters, even people who have simply been triggered by my stupid, thoughtless action ... to everyone, I'm very sorry."
"I would never do anything to exploit or harm a child," she said, choking up. "I'm so sorry, truly, very sorry, this is a huge wake up call. I'm going to grow and learn from this and I will come out of this a better person and I will do better. This was really wrong."
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Gabi DeMartino is facing a torrent of criticism online after she attempted to sell a video of herself naked, aged three, on OnlyFans.
The YouTuber, famed for her impressions of Ariana Grande, offered the 35-second clip for $3.
Her suggestive tease on the site — which is heavily used by adult performers — was: "wont put my panties on".
After being flagged by other YouTubers and members of the OnlyFans community, the site confirmed it shut her account down for "violating terms of service."
DeMartino, who does not normally share naked pictures of herself on the site, apologized on Twitter, claiming she was sharing a "goofy" home video with her fans, and admitting she hadn't thought the idea through properly.
a childhood video of me on the phone sayin "Nani says put your panties back on" and jumping up and down laughing. I'm sorry I didn't think that one through. period. a home-video i love to share w my friends & i use my OF as a "finsta" page where i share stuff as i would w friends https://t.co/yEgFCPs9zg
the video was a goofy throwback family moment that I wanted to share with my personal onlyfans fancy babies. I am sorry that this wasn’t thought out completely I apologize. The video is down now I am sorry again if this came out wrong.
"a childhood video of me on the phone sayin "Nani says put your panties back on" and jumping up and down laughing. I'm sorry I didn't think that one through. period. a home-video i love to share w my friends & i use my OF as a "finsta" page where i share stuff as i would w friends," she wrote.
"the video was a goofy throwback family moment that I wanted to share with my personal onlyfans fancy babies. I am sorry that this wasn’t thought out completely I apologize. The video is down now I am sorry again if this came out wrong.," she added in a follow up tweet.
Very few on Twitter, however, were buying her apology:
I have absolutely NO words right now. Gabi Demartino really uploaded a video of herself as a child lifting up her dress to her Only Fans account. @OnlyFans this content is disturbing, inappropriate and illegal. Please do something.
Gabi Demartino posted a video on her Only Fans of herself as a toddler flashing the camera instructed by her father. She was charging $3 to view the video. This is child p*rnography, it is illegal to post and sell and buy.
Alana Evans, president of the Adult Performers Actors Guild, told the Daily Beast she had contacted the FBI to report it, and called on OnlyFans to help prosecute.
"I said to them, 'You guys need to help the authorities so that she's prosecuted,'" she said. "This is unacceptable."
"It's women like her that do this that make people turn to those of us in the adult industry who would never do something like this, and we take the blame for it," she added. "It's shocking. Just shocking."