Another Man Accuses James Charles Of Soliciting Him While He Was Underage

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Beauty guru James Charles has now been accused of sending explicit photos to an underage boy when the boy was 16 years old. The boy, now 19-year-old Matthew Larence, alleged that Charles had slid into his Instagram DMs asking what his age was. After confessing that he was 16, Larence claims that Charles continued engaging in flirtatious conversations with him, eventually adding him on Snapchat and sharing nude photographs of himself.


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Larence joins a growing list of young boys and men who have alleged that the longtime beauty guru has shared unsolicited nude photographs and explicit messages with them whilst they were underage. While Larence has not spoken on his sexuality, several previous alleged victims have claimed that Charles told them he could “turn” them gay if they told him they were straight.

The first round of the sexual misconduct and grooming allegations surfaced in 2021, resulting in Charles being dropped by Morphe, his biggest brand deal to date. Years later, Charles has founded his own beauty company, Painted, which he attempted to utilize to rehabilitate his image. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, the digital creator additionally revealed that his younger brother has not spoken to him in the two years since the allegations broke.

Painted launched in August, but launched a new palette, “Basic Canvas”, two days ago, the same day Larence released his allegations. The TikTok creator claimed he waited until this point due to his desire to bring awareness to Charles’ allegations rather than his brand. Charles hosted a Painted-sponsored movie night last night in Los Angeles at a screening of “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds And Snakes.”


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In spite of the mounting allegations, Charles continues to forge new brand deals and collaborate with other influencers and celebrities. He recently attended model Heidi Klum’s famous Halloween party.


NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: James Charles attends the 2023 Heidi Klum Hallowe'en Party at Marquee on October 31, 2023 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 31: James Charles attends the 2023 Heidi Klum Hallowe’en Party at Marquee on October 31, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

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Critics of Charles continue to side with Larence, finding the screenshotted “age check” message “creepy.”

Many continue to entreat people to not purchase things from his brand or support his content online amid the allegations.

Others reference another controversial figure in the beauty community–Jeffree Starr. While Starr maintains a number of his own controversies, the guru once claimed that Charles was a predator. As more and more claims surface, many recognize that in spite of his flaws, Starr may have been correct about Charles.


Charles is yet to address the most recent allegations against him. He has previously denied wrongdoing amid a number of the previous allegations, and once said that he “just wasn’t attracted” to older men in their 20s.

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