Known as “DirtyBiology”, the videographer is accused by eight women of psychological and sexual violence, and rape. Facts he categorically denies. So far, no complaints have been filed.
They are eight women, videographers or working in the world of YouTube, to testify this Thursday, June 23 in Mediapart. One of them accuses Léo Grasset, a 32-year-old videographer behind the DirtyBiology channel, which has 1.3 million subscribers, of rape.
The other seven claim to have suffered “psychological or sexual violence, or having observed behavior deemed problematic” in the young man.
No complaint has yet been filed, but Léo Grasset has denied the accusations in a post published on Twitter. With his DirtyBiology channel, created in 2014, the videographer was one of the platform’s first science popularizers.
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A “omerta in the middle”
On the social network, however, we learn that the behavior of “DirtyBiology” would have been known for a long time in the middle of YouTube, all the more in that, restricted, of popular science.
Romain Filstroff, who presides over the destiny of the linguistic popularization channel Linguisticae, testifies. He explains that he became aware of the facts of which Léo Grasset is accused two years ago. The videographer was notably one of the science popularizers of the Le Vortex channel founded by Léo Grasset in 2019 and produced by ARTE. Benjamin Brillaud alias Nota Bene who also collaborated with the channel, wanted to assure the victims of his “huge support”. Simon Puech, videographer with 400,000 subscribers on YouTube denounces for his part a “omerta in the middle” become unbearable.
“You have no idea how many people in our profession are abusing their aura and their hold, including the last ones you suspect,” explains videographer Manon Bril in a long message posted on her Twitter account. Having maintained a relationship of several years with Léo Grasset, this researcher in history is one of the eight women who testify today against DirtyBiology.