A Chinese social media star is accused of inspiring a copycat cooking video that killed a young girl and badly injured another — and she’ll now pay their parents a compensation fee, according to a report.
The 12 and 14-year-old were allegedly trying to replicate a video by the Youtube sensation Ms. Yeah — known for do-it-yourself office cooking videos — when cans of alcohol they heated exploded, according the BBC.
The 14-year-old, named only as Zhezhe, was killed in the Aug. 22 blast and the 12-year-old, Xiaoyu, was burned so badly she now needs cosmetic surgery, according to the outlet.
Their parents demanded compensation, saying the girls were copying a video in which Yeah makes popcorn in a tin can with a small open flame.
The social media influencer, who has 7 million Youtube followers, has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of cash for hospital bills and possibly other expenses, despite claiming she’s not responsible.
She says her videos are not instructional — and the one in question doesn’t call for heating alcohol in a can, which likely caused the tragic accident.
She will pay up, “regardless of who was right and who was wrong,” a rep for Yeah told BBC.com
The original video has since been taken down. In it, Yeah puts popcorn kernels in a tin can then lights a small flame with an instrument resembling an alcohol burner.