YouTube beauty blogger Brie Lybrand accuses dad of raping her in graphic new vlog
A video uploaded by self-titled “New Orleans Beauty Guru” YouTube vlogger/ actress/ pageant star Brie Lybrand last Monday is quickly going viral.
The cosmetics aficionado, who usually posts about wardrobe updates or product discoveries, recorded and posted a 12-miute video entitled “A message to my rapist” after receiving an email that her father, who she says committed grotesque acts of sexual, physical and emotional violence on her as a child, had just subscribed to her YouTube channel: “I just got an email from YouTube saying the man that raped me for most of my life subscribed to me. The man that took my virginity, robbed me of an innocence, has subscribed to me on YouTube and is watching my videos.”
In the extremely graphic vlog, the unusually barefaced and palpably traumatized Internet personality goes into great detail describing the terror she, her brother and mother experienced at the hands of her father – “My father, Steven Bressler, molested, tortured, and raped me from the time I was four till I was thirteen years old... [I watched him] beat [my mother’s] teeth in – took them all out of her mouth and I watched my mother in a pool of her own blood” – and parades a collection of weapons – “[they are] loaded and ready” – in the event that he tries to harm, or even contact, her again.
“I don't have to be afraid any more. Let me show you my weapon collection, dad. I carry guns everywhere I go in case you show up,” she says, holding three guns to the camera.
“Even though I will be forever damaged because of you, you haven't gotten the best of me... I met a wonderful man who understands, who is there when I have to cry and when I have to be upset on father's day when I didn't have a father. I had a monster. I had a murderer.
“I wish for your death every day. You don't deserve to breathe the same air that I breathe. When you die, I will find your grave and I'm going to take a big, heaping dump on it because that's what you deserve. I hope you see my face every day for the rest of your miserable life.”
After the video’s climactic height, she apologises to her subscribers, “I'm sorry this is a different type of video than I usually do. But I needed to say it; I needed to say it to your face.”
The video, originally gaining attention on Reddit, has received a great deal of scepticism online due to Lybrand’s ostensible acting career – she studied theatre and history at College and even has “my own IMDB page” which reads “Brie is a professionally trained actor and singer from New Orleans, LA. She received her Theatre degree from Tulane University, with a minor in History… [She is] always one to look for more opportunities to hone her craft.”
As Gawker points out though, “Lybrand's extensive history of generic makeup videos and the availability of identifying information linked to her career as a beauty expert make it highly unlikely that her story is a fabrication” and given how simple it is track to track people down online and via social networks today, it is doubtful anyone, especially someone who understands the power of the Internet and has considerable clout, would manufacture allegations so serious. Claims like these should always be treated with extreme levels of sensitivity.
Lybrand has not pushed the video via her social media channels and has kept a fairly low profile online since uploading. At time of publication, the video clocked close to 350,000 views.
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