Internet personality Poppy has responded to abuse allegations and a lawsuit filed by fellow YouTuber Mars Argo, real name Brittany Sheets, calling the accusations “false.” In a statement posted to her Twitter account, Poppy — whose legal name is Moriah Pereira — writes that both she and creative partner Corey Mixter were surprised to learn of the lawsuit via TMZ. “It would appear Ms. Sheets was intent on building a publicity campaign around her filing of a complaint and was not interested in our lawyers first having a serious discussion about the merits of her claims,” she writes.
Sheets filed a lawsuit as well as a domestic violence restraining order against Mixter last month, alleging that she had endured “severe emotional and psychological abuse and manipulation from Mr. Mixter.” Sheets also claims that Mixter created the Poppy persona as a “Mars Argo knockoff,” and is seeking damages against Pereira “for being a knowing accomplice to Mr. Mixter’s unlawful actions.”
In Pereira’s statement today, she writes that she has concealed her own identity behind the Poppy persona “because I have my own history as a survivor of abuse” that she never wanted to be part of the public record, but that “Ms. Sheets’ publicity campaign has made that impossible.” In a follow-up tweet, Pereira includes a photo of a restraining order filed against Joshua Michael Moran, who she claims Sheets is “now collaborating and maintaining an ongoing relationship with.” Sheets has not yet responded to Pereira’s statement.