Paytas’ actions on “Frenemies” have fallen under scrutiny since they left the show.
Since Paytas quit “Frenemies” and started attacking Klein, many of the fans they gained during the podcast’s run have turned against them.
While some “Frenemies” viewers believed Paytas demonstrated character growth on the show, some of those former fans are now questioning Paytas’ actions before and during the series.
For example, in the wake of Vazquez leaking the call, Paytas called Hanna a “rape apologist.” At the same time, Paytas has also been criticized for their handling of rape allegations against their collaborators.
On May 19, Paytas tweeted a screenshot showing that podcaster Adam22 was accused of rape. But Paytas has not disavowed the for-profit sex tapes they made with Adam22 and his partner, pornstar Lena the Plug. Adam22, whose real name is Adam Grandmaison, has denied the allegations.
Online attention has also renewed around Paytas’ admission that they hit Klein’s brother-in-law, their fiance Moses Hacmon, during a domestic dispute in 2020 — Paytas has since said the incident has been “spun.”
Paytas most recently implied the narrative that they are an “abuser” is false. In the original clip explaining the dispute, Paytas said they were trying to get Hacmon’s phone from him and that Hacmon tackled them, leading Paytas to hit Hacmon. Paytas and Klein have both stated that Paytas and Hacmon “worked through” the incident, which Paytas said included receiving mental health treatment.
Similarly, Paytas has said they once drove their car into ex-boyfriend Nash’s house while high on meth. Nash was later villainized on “Frenemies,” while Paytas attributed their own behavior in part to untreated mental health conditions and substance abuse.