Friends of Darryl Koshy, aka Dee Kosh, have expressed mixed reactions to the recent allegations that the radio DJ and YouTuber asked minors for sex.
Fellow content creators Hirzi Zulkiflie, singer-actor Benjamin Kheng and National Day singer Nathan Hartono took to social media to speak about the accusations a day after Koshy mixed contrition with denials following accusations from at least five people.
Hartono said he did not know enough to provide a fair response but said that he would not abandon his friend when things became inconvenient. Hirzi said he was shocked but hopes Koshy is held accountable and becomes a better person, while Kheng said he was disappointed and hopes Koshy changes.
“I choose to withhold any opinion until I understand the full story,” Hartono wrote on Instagram in response to a fan who assumed he was supporting Koshy.
“I don’t have the full story. Neither does everybody who’s choosing to sling shit around instead of waiting for the truth. It’s not that I don’t believe the accusers, I just don’t know enough to give a fair and informed response,” he added.
Hartono then took on a different tone, preaching about friendship.
“You don’t just drop your friends the moment it becomes inconvenient to have them. You do NOT just abandon them,” he said. Hartono posted today that he will be addressing the matter on the Good Hang Podcast tomorrow.
At least four police reports have been filed against Koshy and an investigation is underway following a slew of allegations over the weekend that he had offered to pay minors for sex or money to come to his home. Koshy has denied any criminal wrongdoing but acknowledged that one set of chat logs circulating online show he used “inappropriate” language with one 15-year-old over social media.
Attempts to reach Koshy since Monday have been unsuccessful.
Some of the teen accusers told Coconuts Singapore yesterday that they had not accepted the 32-year-old’s partial apology.
Hirzi, who has appeared in a series of videos with Koshy on YouTube, said he felt “shell-shocked” and conflicted by the situation involving his friend.
“I have experienced nothing like this before, where your principles and morals have to fight with your natural instinct of being a friend,” he wrote online yesterday, adding that he hopes Koshy would change for the better by seeking help.
“As for now, I guess the responsibility I do hold as @deekosh’s friend, is to try my best to ensure that he holds accountability, promises change and reform for the wrongs he has apologized for, seeks rehabilitation and if ever any of Dee Kosh’s actions possibly stemmed from pain, I sincerely wish for him to seek help and healing,” he added.
Kheng said that he does not condone Koshy’s actions and hopes that he changes.
“Yes, he’s a friend of mine, and I’m very disappointed. I do not condone his actions a crime is a crime. I pray that the truth will surface in full, and that he’ll understand the gravity of his actions. I want him to do better,” he said.
Neither fellow social media influencer Xiaxue nor Koshy’s Night Owl Cinematics family have shared their thoughts on the matter so far. Neither had responded to messages from Coconuts Singapore as of publication time.
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