Actor and YouTuber Ray Diaz was arrested for sexual assault after videos he posted on social media allegedly showed him berating, threatening and hitting a teenager purported to be his girlfriend, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed on Twitter.
According to the Fox News LAPD detectives made the arrest with the assistance of San Diego police.
Rumours of impropriety had swirled around actor when he posted an Instagram video of himself kissing a teen model who has said she was 16 at the time.
Last week the teen’s mother reported her missing and searched Diaz’s home but did not find her.
Diaz Instagram has now been set to private.
However, after she safely returned to her mother’s home, the teen said she had run away with Diaz and that he had cut a hole in the box springs under his mattress so she wouldn’t be found.
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“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,” the girl told DramaAlert, a YouTube news channel about social media influencers.
“I was just so scared always because he would yell at me always,” she said.
“It was my fault if somebody would ever have any suspicions that him and I were dating. He would yell at me for hours,” she said in a YouTube interview, according to BuzzFeed.
“I hope and pray that something does happen here, that he does get put away because I don’t want this to happen to any other girl.”
“I was so manipulated and brainwashed, I don’t want this to happen to any other girl,” she said.
“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 posted on Twitter.
“We take these allegations seriously. Currently, the Department has directed a group of investigators to look into these allegations.”
Diaz claimed the videos were merely an act. His bail has been set at more than $700,000, LAPD said.
Diaz started out as a model in New York and won the role of Nicolas Reyes in Hulu’s East Los High.
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