YouTube star Shane Dawson has denied having sex with his cat after a series of bizarre and disturbing comments made four years ago resurfaced online.
The 30-year-old social media influencer, who began creating videos in 2008 and now boasts over 21million YouTube subscibers, claimed on his podcast in 2015 that he had done "terrible things" to his pets, before graphically describing how he'd performed a sex act on top of his cat when he was 19.
“One time, I laid my cat down on her back,” the YouTuber explained, before claiming that he "humped" the animal and "“came all over her".
A clip of the audio was reshared on Twitter over the weekend, where it quickly attracted thousands of shares and outraged comments from shocked social media users.
I found the audio!! Shane Dawson came on his cat! WTF!!!!! This was on his podcast pic.twitter.com/6slFQRxIeE— Sandwich Ruler (@magician_dragon) March 17, 2019
Dawson, who came out as bisexual in 2015, later took to Twitter to deny the incident ever took place, apologising for the "fake" and "very dumb" story, which he claimed he made up to be "shocking for laughs".
"i didnt fuck my cat. i didnt cum on my cat. i didnt put my dick anywhere near my cat," the American influencer wrote.
"Ive never done anything weird with my cats. I promised myself i wasnt going to make apology videos after last years thing so im just trying to be as short and honest with this as possible."
He went on: "ive apologized many times for all the dumb shit ive said in videos and podcasts over the years. ive learned my lesson over and over again and im more confident now in my ability to be entertaining by just being myself and not being so shocking for laughs.
"that story was fake and was based on a dumb awful sketch idea I had years ago that i never made (THANK GOD) and when the opportunity came up for a funny moment in the podcast I told it as if it was a real story which was DISGUSTING and VERY VERY DUMB.
"my goal with the podcast and with my videos years ago was to tell shocking stories that would make people laugh and scream "OMG NO U DIDNT!!" and think i was "soooo crazy". its embarrassing and i fucking hate myself for it.
Dawson, who found himself at the centre of controversy last year after describing a six-year-old Instagram star as "kind of sexy" before comparing pedophilia to having a "foot fetish", continued: "theres so many things im so proud of. but all of my offensive jokes, over the top stories, and insensitive jokes are something that still haunt me and something I have to be faced with everyday on the internet. and it never gets easier.
"so im sorry for what i said about my cat, im sorry for what i said about anything or anyone that was offensive, and im sorry for being someone who thought being super offensive and shocking all the time was funny.
"im sorry for my past. but im really [sic] to make it right."