LA POLICE have arrested an Instagram fitness star after several videos of alleged abuse surfaced online.
Raymundo ‘Ray’ Diaz, 33, faces claims from his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend of emotional and sexual abuse.
Cops announced they were investigating allegations of sexual and physical abuse against the star on Thursday after Diaz’s ex-girlfriend leaked footage of the alleged abuse online.
Drama surrounded the investigation as his teenage ex “ran away from home” and then claimed that the videos were simply voice coaching – before retracting her statement and claiming Diaz had pressured her into saying it.
Police also searched Diaz’s home for the missing girl, but were unable to find her prompting Diaz to upload a video claiming that the search of his home “cleared” his name.
Upon the girl’s safe return however, she claimed that Diaz had in fact hidden her in his mattress while police searched his home.
“I was like squished and I had to not make a sound basically, and I heard the cops come in searching for me, and obviously they couldn’t find me,” she said in an interview on YouTube.
Soon after the interview was published the LAPD announced that it was investigating the claims, without naming the underage alleged victim.
‘SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH A MINOR’
“The LAPD is aware of several social media posts related to a social media personality, alleging physical abuse and sexual relations with a minor,’ the department said in a statement.
Rumours had followed the social media celeb since last year, after he posted a video of himself kissing his then 16-year-old ex.
Diaz had falsely claimed to be in his late twenties – but the legal age of consent in California is 18.
LAPD charged the influencer with sexual abuse after arresting him on Friday.
In a statement made on Twitter they said: “After a thorough investigation, LAPD detectives from the elite Robbery-Homicide Division Special Assault Section arrested 33 yr old social media personality “Ray Diaz” for sexual assault in San Diego.
He was released on bail of $500,000 (around £400,00), with his ex posting a video in response saying: “I just found out that Ray got released from jail and I just feel really scared right now
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“I don’t know what to do. I’m scared to go home and I don’t think this is fair.
“He got out of jail for $50,000 and I don’t think that everything he’s done, how scared he’s made me feel, that is ok – I’m so scared to go home,” she sobs.
In an interview prior to Diaz’s arrest, his former girlfriend said she “hopes and prays” that Diaz doesn’t get away.
“I was so manipulated and brainwashed, I don’t want this to happen to any other girl” she said.
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