A popular Twitch gamer and streamer has admitted to intentionally killing a dog during a live-streamed interview. Simone Scott, who vlogs under the name Aqualadora, was part of a group interview led by Rajj Patel, who describes himself as a "Comedic livestream personality. Rajj asks the streamer panel what the worst thing they've ever done is, and Simone replies: "I used to work for a veterinary technician, so I once killed someone’s dog on purpose. Yeah, but no one knew because, you know, I’m a professional." Patel can be heard trying to backtrack, seeming shocked at her response and saying: "Oh my god! Oh no! That’s really bad. I’m going to pretend like you didn’t say that." Undeterred, Simone explains that the person who owned the dog was 'a really bad person', which still doesn't explain why she'd choose to kill the dog.
Patel moves swiftly on after the confession, and has since taken to Twitter to give an apology about what people would have heard. He apparently made $600 dollars from the broadcast, which he chose to donate to Best Friends, a Utah animal welfare organisation along with the caption: "The abuse of animals is completely unacceptable and morally reprehensible. The individual involved was removed as a result and will never be welcome on my platform again. I'm really upset about it and can’t believe that anybody would have the capacity to do something like that. I'm appalled at what happened on my show yesterday. I was shocked by what I heard. I don’t stand for it. I've donated the proceeds from yesterday's broadcast($600) to the @bestfriends non profit dedicated to saving animal lives. I encourage you to join me in support of this cause"
Simone is still hosted on the Twitch platform, which is designed to to be used as a video streaming service like YouTube, but the videos are often of gamers and are live. Scott appears to have shook off the controversy and has been active since, asking for donations for her streaming and using motifs of kittens on her Twitch page. Her latest posts suggest she is writing the interview off as a joke in bad taste, and denies that she actually killed the family pet: "The joke I made when asked, "What is the worst thing you have ever done?" was stupid. The worst thing I could think to make up, yes. But really, REALLY stupid. [I have been] compelled to apologise and to make it clear that I have NEVER harmed an animal. The bottom line is I said something stupid thinking it would be entertaining and ugh.. it was just so dumb in hindsight... I offer this letter to let you know that I do care and I know I messed up. And no more morbid or disturbing jokes or trolling from me." It remains to be seen if the incident will affect her income.