It’s been over a year since Dee Kosh (full name Darryl Ian Koshy) officially apologised for his sexual misconduct (including attempted sexual exploitation and making obscene videos).
The Singaporean YouTuber admitted last month that he will be pleading guilty to the sexual offences he’s been charged with. Despite him laying low and only recently began publicly posting on Instagram Stories again, a select few have been dropping him nasty comments.
Yesterday (Sunday, 6th February), Dee had a screenshot of a netizen sarcastically asking, “Did you pay your mum cash for sexual favours?” As you can see on the left screenshot, another Instagram user had also asked a similar question. Instead of bluntly stating “sexual favours”, the person wrote “cool stuff”.
It’s one thing to criticise the perpetrator, but it’s hitting below the belt when one attacks a family member. As someone who is used to getting hate comments, things got personal when the internet troll went for Dee’s mum. Many also took to the comments section to call out the person’s offensive remark.
Shortly before Chinese New Year, the 33-year-old former DJ dropped a 9-minute video titled “Finally Addressing Everything” on his YouTube channel to talk about the charges made against him and insisted, “I am not a pedophile. I never have been nor will I ever be.”
He has since switched the video to private, but here’s the full transcript of the video via Mothership:
“Hey guys, so I know that it’s been a while since you heard from me and there has been a lot to say about myself, my life, my character, my career.
The last update that I gave you was on Instagram, the Instagram statement, and since then, I have not been saying anything since 2020. All the information that people have nowadays is based on assumptions from news articles and just rumours and social media. So the police investigations took about a year and the legal proceedings are still going on right now.
And if you read the news, you know that I am going to be pleading guilty for the charges that I face. But today, I would just like to share my truth.
I’m not here to make excuses for myself. But I feel like I owe it to everyone and myself to take responsibility. I’m now sharing as much as I can so I can clarify the publications of the numerous news articles about my case. There are certain things that I cannot talk about due to the ongoing legal proceedings. But I’m here today to really just set the record straight. So what I want to do today is I want to correct the falsehoods that have been circulated by the media.
But before I talk about my charges I just want to make one thing very, very clear. And that is that I am not a pedophile. I never have been nor will I ever be. So to substantiate this I voluntarily underwent a psychological assessment where my psychosexual history was reviewed by professionals. And the results were that I do not fulfil the diagnostic criteria for the pedophilic disorder. So yeah, like I said, not a pedophile never will be.
So with that out of the way. On the 19th of August, I went to court to receive my charges. Okay, so for this I’m going to read off my phone because I don’t want to get this wrong.
Okay, so in court, I faced seven charges. One charge under the Children and Young Persons Act for attempting to procure the commission of an indecent act of a minor. We’ll call this one the CYPA charge. I have three charges under 376B2, for communicating with another person for the purpose of obtaining for consideration the sexual services of a minor and three charges under the film’s act for possessing and making obscene films.
I understand that it’s very easy to assume the worst when you see headlines like “Former DJ Dee Kosh charged with sexually exploiting young person and other sex-related offences”, “YouTuber Dee Kosh charged with offering cash to boys below 18 for sexual services among other offences”, “Dee Kosh charged in court with sexual exploitation of young person making obscene film”.
It paints a horrible picture of who I was and today I wish to clarify a few important things with these indisputable facts. There were news reports and headlines that had sort of combined all the charges and make it seem like they were all connected.
People then started spreading these falsehoods because of these inaccurate headlines and suddenly the narrative became “Oh, Dee Kosh molested little boys, or Dee Kosh you know slept with this minor, Dee Kosh filmed the sex of this minor”, which are all untrue. It made it seem as if I had paid the minors, had sex with them, and then filmed the act which is totally false. My lawyers did contact these publications and these media outlets then did edit the post but by then it was just a bit too late la. You know, like the story was twisted and it was being spread all around. So for example here on Mustsharenews, they reported that, you know, three counts of possessing and making obscene videos of minors which is completely false, and they edited it. And also Today Online also did the same thing. Also edited it but like I said, by then it was too late already.
So I would like to first talk about the charge for the film’s act, okay, and I’m going to be reading off my phone so that I make sure that I don’t miss anything out and I’m very, very clear. Okay. So the films found were videos of adults, either screen recorded or downloaded from the Internet. They were normal porn. They were not videos of minors, and this charge has nothing to do with the other charges that I’m facing. It’s just normal porn. However, it is illegal to own porn in Singapore. So lesson learnt, please bear in mind, don’t have porn in your phone, in your laptop, your PC, or iPad and all that just don’t. Okay, it’s illegal.
For the charges under 376B2, I would like to make this very clear with these undeniable facts: There was no sex or any form of sexual encounter. There was no molestation. I’ve never touched them. There was no physical contact at all. Long story short, these are charges for attempt. Again, I want to read off my phone because I do not want to miss anything out the legal age sex in Singapore is 16. But when there is a commercial element, the legal age is 18. I very stupidly did not know these facts. I was wrong and I take full responsibility for my actions. I really should have known better. And I apologise for my behaviour and my text messages. I am not a predator. I did not specifically target individuals who were 17. Nevertheless, I understand that an offence was made and I take full responsibility for my actions. However, I would like to make clear again these facts: There was no sex. There was no molestation. I did not touch them. There was no physical contact at all. While these were only text messages, I do understand that ignorance of the law is no excuse. And I messed up and I completely regret my actions.
Now for my CYPA charge, I’m going to be reading off my phone because I don’t want to mess anything up. Dating apps are meant for adults. If you are, in reality, underaged, but are on the app, you will be assumed to be 18 and over, especially if your profile says that your age is 18 and you may be propositioned by people who assume that you are of legal age. I’m not saying this to release myself of all fault. You know, I should have been more prudent I should have been more responsible in checking first instead of assuming that, you know, everyone on the app is following the rules and is at least 18. So I messed up.
But I would like to make these facts very clear: I did not have sex with anyone below the age of 16. There was no grooming involved. No minors performed any sexual favours for me. I have never met this person. I’ve never seen this person. I have never touched this person. There was no physical contact at all. There was no molestation at all. These are the facts.
I have made terrible mistakes that have affected a lot of people that I care about. And words really cannot describe and express how truly sorry I am. But I believe that the law is the law and what needs to be done will be done. Thus, on the 10th of March, I will be pleading guilty to my charges. But I just wanted to… like before the media gets to say anything about me, before the Internet gets to say whatever they want to say, I just wanted to personally like contextualise my charges and make these facts very, very clear. And I hope I did that today.
I’m not here to like try and change your mind. You know, or make excuses for myself or tell you how you should feel about me. To me, all I wanted was to be able to tell my side of the story and I really feel like I did today. I am not going to be fighting this case. I am not going to be taking it to trial. I am ready to receive whatever consequence the law has for me, even if it means me going to jail. I do not take this decision lightly but I am very, very grateful and thankful for the support I have from my family and the people that I love, you know, who have really stuck by me throughout this whole ordeal.
*Dee Kosh starts tearing* And to the people who have been supporting me.. like I don’t know why y’all do it. But you have no idea how much each comment in DM means to someone who’s going through what I’m going through. So um, looks like I can film my Food King Changi Prison Edition. Oh wait, no more Food King already. Yeah, so um…hope that I’ll see you guys soon. Till next time.”