A Chinese host famous for giving money to improvised villagers on a popular live-streaming website has been caught staging his acts of charity.
The man, known as “Brother Jie” on the Chinese live-streaming website Kuai Shou, was caught staging charitable acts in the mountainous area of Da Liangshan in Sichuan Province, where approximately 50,000 improvised families reside.
Video footage widely shared online shows Brother Jie and another man distributing cash to elderly villagers and children.
However, the deceit was uncovered when another video emerged showing the two men taking the money back from the same villagers, with Brother Jie counting the wad of cash as he walks away.
The video exposing Brother Jie went viral and drew the ire of Chinese netizens, prompting him to admit that he was the man in both videos and that he took the money back from the villagers. In admitting to the deception, he said:
“I dare to admit that I was taking the money back. But do other hosts on this site who claim to be doing acts of charity dare to admit the same?”
He later live-streamed himself in a hospital bed begging his fans for forgiveness after supposedly attempting to take his life by drinking a bottle of detergent.
Kuai Shou shut down Brother Jie’s account and reported him to the police. Kuai Shou is also looking into other accounts that stream charitable acts to determine if they are legitimate or simply scams designed to swindle fans out of their money.
Live-streaming websites are steadily gaining popularity in China, where a host can realize large sums of money as viewers reward them with virtual gifts that can be exchanged for cash. Brother Jie was one of the larger accounts on Kuai Shou with some 660,000 fans at its peak.
Please watch Brother Jie and another man taking money back from villagers in this YouTube video: