Controversial IRL livestreamer JohnnySomali has reportedly promised to stop broadcasting while denying some of the charges against him as he appeared in front of a court in Japan this week.
Catch up: JohnnySomali
, whose real name is Ismael Ramsey Khalid, is accused of disrupting
a gyudon chain in Osaka
by playing loud music while livestreaming in September. He has been charged with “forcible obstruction of business” for that incident.
What he’s saying: Khalid denied the allegation in his first trial at the Osaka District Court on Tuesday. The 24-year-old claimed that the loud music was out of his control as it was played automatically and unintentionally when a viewer of his livestream reacted.
Khalid then apologized in front of the judge, vowing never to create or post videos again.
“I swear I will never take videos again in the future,” he told the court
. He added that he wants to return to his country to pursue his studies and “be a role model [to his family].”
What’s next: The prosecution reportedly asked for a 200,000 yen ($1,400) fine. The judge’s verdict will be handed down on Jan. 10, 2024.
Khalid was eventually arrested
in late September following a trespassing incident at a construction site in Osaka in late August. Jeremiah Dwane Branch, whom several X users identified as Jino, Khalid’s alleged cameraman at the time, was also arrested.