It was just two weeks ago that Samuel says he was offered S$1,000 to go to the home of a 32-year-old DJ and YouTuber. No specific reason was given, but he told Coconuts Singapore today that the invitation came from Darryl Ian Koshy, aka Dee Kosh, who is now facing multiple accusations that he offered minors money for sex. Samuel is 17.
He was among at least four people to file police complaints against Koshy on Sunday, and today recounted his alleged experience and says he and other accusers have rejected last night’s public apology from Koshy.
“It is disgusting to know that such a big public figure has the audacity to carry out such acts, and yet has no courage to own up for his own mistakes,” said Samuel, who has posted screenshots of his chat with Koshy on Instagram.
The police force confirmed today that it is investigating Koshy to Coconuts Singapore, which is withholding Samuel’s last name as he is a minor. While the age of consent is 16, it’s illegal to pay someone under 18 for sex, and sexting minors is also a crime.
Samuel said that Koshy is still not being truthful.
“I speak on behalf of all the boys involved, we WILL NOT accept his ‘apology.’ He has NOT said the full truth,” Samuel said. “And as long as he doesn’t admit to everything. I will not accept his apology.”
After initially denying any wrongdoing in the face of multiple serious allegations that he offered to pay minors for sex, Koshy last night acknowledged there was some truth to the allegations and apologized to those he had “hurt,” but continued to deny most of what has been alleged.
“Some of the allegations baffled me because they were baseless and untrue,” Koshy wrote last night, hours after Power 98 FM told Coconuts Singapore that he was on leave from the radio station.
“However, even though I had put out on an earlier statement on Instastories denying allegations which had surfaced initially, I now admit that there is truth to some of the things which are being said now, and I am sorry to the people I have hurt in the process.”
Apparently faced with evidence of one such exchange, he conceded that he had used “inappropriate” language with a 15-year-old on Snapchat but denied that he was attempting to “groom” the teen.
“There are some screenshots circulating of me texting with a 15-year-old that I now accept is problematic. My tone was questionable, but there was absolutely no intent to groom him,” Koshy said.
At least five people came forward over the weekend to allege that Koshy has solicited sex from minors, accusations he outright denied on Saturday, saying he would take the “necessary steps to clear this all up.”
In last night’s statement, the radio DJ doubled down by further denying he has used his status as a talent manager to solicit sex and denied allegations he has had sex with minors.
“Let me state categorically that I did not ever have any sexual relations with [the teen Snapchatter] or with any minor. To me, it was a friendly conversation which was cheeky and inappropriate, but I did not take it any further,” he added.
Since Monday, Koshy has not responded to messages seeking comment.
Instagram user @_Epaul, another accuser who said he was served a letter of demand from Koshy’s lawyers, declined to answer questions about his accusations but said that he was “committed to helping my fellow victims get the justice and closure we all deserve.”
The 19-year-old was ordered to refrain from publishing or communicating further “defamatory” content after he accused Koshy of offering to pay for sexual favors two years ago when the Instagrammer was 17. The firm which sent the letter said yesterday it was no longer representing Koshy.
Koshy is on leave from his part time gig as a radio DJ host at Power 98FM and it was unclear who was now representing Koshy as an attorney after he separated from the DC Law firm.
He also runs a YouTube channel that has amassed more than 300,000 subscribers and is managing five personalities under his namesake talent management company.
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