The mother of YouTube star Piper Rockelle, 15, is facing allegations that she emotionally and physically abused children, including touching their buttocks and even mailing her daughter’s underwear to a male fan to ‘sniff it.’
In a complaint filed in January 2022, 11 teens from the ‘Piper Squad’ say that Tiffany Smith, 41, would inflict distress and urge the minors to try oral sex and wear revealing clothes to accentuate ‘bulges’ in videos posted online.
Smith, who allegedly bragged that she ‘makes kiddie porn,’ encouraged the minors to be ‘sexy’ and subjected them to ‘harassment, molestation, and abuse,’ according to the complaint.
Sawyer Sharbino, Donlad Dougher, Corrine Joy, Connor Cain, Symonne Harrison, Ayden Mekus, Hayden Haas, Walker Bryant, Sophia Fergi, Claire Rocksmith, and Reese Rocksmith are asking for $2 million each from Smith and her boyfriend Hunter Hill.
Rockelle has more than 10 million subscribers on YouTube and some outlets report her net worth is somewhere in the range of $3 million. Smith’s trial begins on Monday.
Tiffany Smith, the mother of YouTube star Piper Rockelle, 15, is facing allegations that she emotionally and physically abused children, including touching their buttocks and even mailing her daughter’s underwear to a male fan
One video posted to Rockelle’s YouTube page two years ago features eight teens in a ‘last to stop kissing’ game where $10,000 was offered to the winners. That video currently has 10 million views
In a complaint filed in January 2022, 11 teens from the ‘Piper Squad’ say that Tiffany Smith, 41, would intentionally inflict distress on the group while they were producing content for Piper’s YouTube account
Rockelle in front of her home in Los Angeles, California in a video from January 2021
According to the defendants, Smith would purposefully exploit the children on her daughter’s YouTube page and make increasingly disturbing comments to them.
In the nearly 150 page complaint, the group of teenagers and children describe the alleged abuse they endured at the hands of Smith.
The group called the YouTube stage mom a ‘mean-spirited control freak’ and say she often made uncomfortable comments about them and their private body parts.
Haas was allegedly asked by Smith whether his ‘balls have dropped yet’ and ‘how long is it [referring to his penis]?’
They say she would make obscene and graphic remarks about genitalia, encouraged them to be ‘sexy,’ and ‘sexually aggressive.’
One video posted to Rockelle’s YouTube page two years ago features eight teens in a ‘last to stop kissing’ game where $10,000 was offered to the winners. That video currently has 10 million views.
The self-proclaimed ‘Madam of YouTube’ according to the complaint also allegedly told Fergi that she ‘had no boobs’ and that she ‘was so flat.’
Smith is also accused of touching the children on their legs, thighs, and buttocks.
One of the eleven defendants also claims Smith mailed her own teenage daughter’s ‘soiled training bras and panties’ to an unknown man and said ‘old men like to smell this stuff.’
She allegedly instructed the young boys to take their shirts off and said ‘sex sells’ while asking one of the girls if they ‘knew what a dildo was for.’
According to the group, she would also assume an alter-ego as ‘Frank the Pug’ or ‘Lenny the Dead Cat’ and shout out explicit phrases to the children.
‘I’m going to f**k you up the a**,’ and ‘I’m going to touch you in your sleep’ were both allegedly said while Smith was using her alter-ego.
At one point, the mother – as her alter ego – said to Fergi, ‘I wonder since (this squad member) has freckles, whether he has a bunch of freckles on his d**k.’
She also at one point reportedly referred to a Squad member’s penis as ‘Dwayne the Rock Hard Johnson.’
Some of the plaintiffs in their complaint also allege they were not paid for their appearances on her page and while promoting Rockelle’s content.
Smith’s boyfriend Hunter Hill (pictured with Piper) is also being sued. He is the cinematographer behind Piper’s YouTube channel
The children would do ‘kissing challenges’ online, some of which have been viewed tens of millions of times
According to the group, Smith would exploit the children on her daughter’s YouTube
Hayden Haas (left) and Ayden Mekus (right) are both former members of ‘Piper’s Squad’
Corinne Joy (left) and Connor Cain, two of the other plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Smith
Symonne Harrison (left) and Donlad Dougher (right) are both involved in the suit against Smith
Walker Bryant (left) and Sophia Fergi (right), both plaintiffs in the case
Reese and Claire Rocksmith are both involved in the lawsuit and are cousins of Rockelle
Sawyer Sharbino is one of the 11 minors named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit
Elliana Walmsley, Claire Rock Smith, Emily Dobson, Piper Rockelle, Symonne Harrison, Lev Cameron, Hayden Haas, Sawyer Sharbino, Ayden Mekus,Jentzen Ramirez and Connor Cain during a charity event in 2020. Rock Smith, Harrison, Haas, Sharbino, Mekus, and Cain are included in the lawsuit against Rockelle’s mother
The group called the YouTube stage mom (right) a ‘mean-spirited control freak’ and say she often made uncomfortable comments about the children
Rockelle, seen here, is just 15-years-old. The group says her mom would make obscene and graphic remarks about genitalia, encouraged them to be ‘sexy,’ and ‘sexually aggressive’
Not only are the plaintiffs accusing the YouTube mom of misconduct, but they claim they faced a monetary loss because of ‘dirty tactics’ Smith used to sabotage their personal accounts.
Smith would allegedly post links to the plaintiff’s YouTube accounts on porn sites, which would then caused viewers from the adult-only sites to click in and watch.
This would then get flagged to YouTube causing its algorithm to believe the content of the teen’s videos were ‘sexual or inappropriate’ thus restricting their viewing.
The restricted viewing would therefore deplete their engagement, and therefore meant they would not make as much money from the video.
Piper, who is currently in the middle of her worldwide ‘The Piper Tour’ was last on stage in Oklahoma City on April 8, but her next performance will be in Vancouver on June 3 – a break aptly timed for her mother’s forthcoming trial.
Ashley Anne-Rock Smith, whose daughters Claire and Reese are both plaintiffs and are cousins with Rockelle, said she wants her children to feel ‘peace’ again.
‘I just want peace back with my kids,’ said Rock Smith in an interview with NBC.
The mom also said she wants action to be taken on YouTube’s policies regarding children and their accounts.
‘I want all predators who hurt young kids to be brought to justice,’ Rock Smith said. ‘I also hope we move the needle on these platforms that are allowing this.’
‘As children, they don’t understand it, sometimes it goes over their heads,’ Steevy Areeco, the mother of Corinne, told NBC.
‘But now they’re older and they’re starting to understand the trauma that was caused, the things that were said to them, these fake crushes,’ Areeco said.
One video, posted when Rockelle was just 10 or 11 years old, featured her handcuffed to her ‘boyfriend’ for 24 hours. That video received 4.4 million views.
The lawsuit specifically cites Hill, Rock’s boyfriend, as the director and editor of Rockelle’s YouTube account.
YouTube states that it does not take responsibility for the conduct of its creators.
‘We all love YouTube and it’s a great place, but when somebody is using it as a business and pulling other children in, those people should have to uphold a certain standard,’ Areeco said told NBC news.
Some outlets indicate Rockelle has a net worth of $3 million
The group alleges they were asked to stage romances and ‘crushes’ on other members of the ‘squad’ despite all being underage
This is Piper and her mother’s vehicle, which features the logo for her YouTube channel
Piper outside of her pink home in a YouTube video from 2021
Rockelle’s Youtube page has more than 10 million followers
‘We want there to be protections for the children,’ Areeco said.
DailyMail.com reached out to YouTube for comment on the ongoing lawsuit but did not hear back by the time of publication.
Smith countersued in July for $30 million and alleged the plaintiffs’ mothers are making up the allegations to extort her.
She later dropped the suit and lawyers representing the plaintiffs called the lawsuit ‘baseless.’
In 2022, YouTube demonetized Rockelle’s channel after Insider reached out for a request on the ongoing lawsuit. The change in status makes the page ineligible for revenue from ads.
Rockelle still makes money trough merchandise and her current U.S. tour.
Previous to the demonetization, it’s unknown how much the teen was making off her videos. Some YouTube creators, however, can make upwards of $25,000 per million views, according to recent report.
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