Calvin Lee Vail, alias LeafyIsHere, announced on September 12 that he had recently been arrested for failing to pay a speeding ticket. The content creator has stayed a little under the radar since his channel LeafyIsHere was banned from YouTube in August 2020 for bullying and targeted harassment of Twitch personality Pokimane.
Leafy’s YouTube channel had nearly 5 million subscribers. So it seemed logical for the content creator to try Twitch after terminating their YouTube account. However, controversy followed him onto that platform as well, and LeafyIsHere’s Twitch account was banned just three weeks after his removal from YouTube. A year later, an attempt to return to the red platform with another account was also aborted after just a few days.
LeafyIsHere’s presence on other social media hasn’t fared well either, as Twitter has suspended its multiple accounts as well. However, he has maintained a small presence on Instagram, where he recently spoke about his September 12 arrest. According to an Instagram Story, LeafyIsHere said he spent a few days in jail after being stopped. Police discovered he had an unpaid parking ticket and immediately arrested Leafy and had his car towed.
Although the Instagram story has since disappeared, a clip of it has been saved and can be found via Streamable linked below. He ended the short story by saying that being in prison was not a fun experience and he would not recommend it to anyone. The video’s caption reads, “h3h3 may be responsible,” a reference to the long-standing feud the content creator had with YouTuber Ethan Klein of h3h3Productions. LeafyIsHere also shared a picture on his Instagram of him leaving prison a few days later.
Even the removal of his channel from YouTube was controversial, as it happened after allegedly zero strikes or warnings. LeafyIsHere had created 12 videos that targeted Pokimane or insulted him in any way, and the social media platform decided to issue a channel strike for each video. So, LeafyIsHere suddenly had 12 strikes on his account without warning, while only three are required in 90 days for the channel to terminate.
When LeafyIsHere’s YouTube channel was taken down, Pokimane was forced to clarify that she had nothing to do with the platform’s actions, which she was forced to claim after the drama with JiDion resulted in his being permanently banned from Twitch. For many people, the removal of LeafyIsHere’s channel may have been alarming, but not necessarily surprising. The content creator has been embroiled in controversy for years, while making commentary videos that cover and sometimes complement the drama on the platform.
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Sources: Streambar, Dexerto