YouTuber Mars Argo is suing Internet musician and person Poppy and its creator, Titanic Sinclair, also known as Corey Mixter. In court documents obtained by The Verge, Mars Argo, whose real name is Brittany Sheets, alleges that in addition to enduring "severe emotional and psychological abuse and manipulation of Mr. Mixter," he also created an "Argo Mars imitation" in the form of Poppy. Sheets is also seeking a domestic violence restraining order against Mixter, as well as damages against the actress of Poppy Moriah Pereira "for being an accomplice aware of the illegal actions of Mr. Mixter."
Poppy's first video, "Poppy Eats Cotton Candy," was released in November 2014, the same year that Sheets and Mixter split up. Since then, Poppy has accumulated a large following online for her mysterious personality and strange videos. The Poppy I pilot from YouTube Red premiered at Sundance earlier this year, while Poppy herself has inspired a wide range of conspiracy theories and sycophantic profiles dedicated to her mystique.
Through photos, text screenshots and more, the lawsuit alleges that Sheets endured the abuse both during and after their relationship. After they separated in January 2014, Mixter "began harassing, stalking, threatening and repeatedly abusing Ms. Sheets, which included, among others, suicide threats, appearing without warning at the Sheets Sheets door, breaking in his apartment, stalking each of his movements in social networks, belittling her for mutual friends, acquaintances or others in the industry, and even physically assaulting her ".
A comparison presented in the lawsuit
In addition to pointing out similarities between the format and appearance of the Mars Argo and Poppy videos, the lawsuit also says that Mixter "copied the identity, similarity, expression of ideas, sound and style of Mars Argo" and more; As part of her role as Poppy, Pereira "dyed her hair with a specific platinum blonde and, in the character of Poppy, began to alter her voice to be a higher tone to imitate the distinctive voice of Mars Argo." Publicly, Mixter has claimed to have "Invented" Mars Argo; The document also alleges that Leaves was called "a complete madman", "evil" and "a compulsive liar", among other derogatory comments.
On the day of the filing of the lawsuit, Sheets posted a long statement on his Twitter. "I hope this makes me feel better, I feel safe and feel that I can be myself again," he concluded.
I started this trip long before the #metoo movement found its place, but I am very grateful for the brave women who shared their stories before me. I hope that by telling mine, I can be a voice for those who come after me pic.twitter.com/4uT7QHhEtz- Mars Argo (@marsargo) April 17, 2018
Neither Poppy nor Mixter have published a public statement yet.