TikToker Hunter Echo apologizes for claiming he ‘groomed’ Millie Bobby Brown

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Hunter “Echo” Ecimovic is a 21-year-old who is known, apparently, for being a social media influencer, a Tik-Toker and for being extremely online. This week, Ecimovic claimed that he “dated” Millie Bobby Brown when she was only 15-16 years old. She’s currently 17 years old, and there’s a four-year age difference between them. Meaning, he claimed that they had a sexual relationship when she was 16 and he was 20. In a series of now-deleted tweets and videos, he claimed that they lived together for eight months, with her parents’ consent and knowledge, and he got extremely crude about their very alleged sexual relationship, meaning he got explicit about his crimes against a minor. He boldly said “You guys don’t know the story of anything, and I will never apologize. I hope you know that… I have nothing to apologize for, so make that clear. I have zero things to apologize for. You guys do not know a single thing at all.” Well, Millie Bobby Brown’s reps are hitting back:

A day after TikTok star Hunter Ecimovic sparked disgust by saying he’d “groomed” 17-year-old actress Millie Bobby Brown, reps for the Stranger Things star are hitting back at his “hateful” comments.

“Mr. Ecimovic’s remarks on social media are not only dishonest, but also are irresponsible, offensive and hateful,” representatives for the actress said in a statement to The Daily Beast late Tuesday. “Instead of engaging in a public discourse with him through the press or on social media, we are taking action to ensure that he stops this behavior once and for all.”

It was not immediately clear what action Brown’s team had in mind, and they did not confirm or deny whether Brown was ever in a relationship with Ecimovic, who is known as Hunter Echo on TikTok. Her representatives were not the only ones to express disgust with Ecimovic’s comments during an Instagram Live on Monday. The social media star made a series of crude comments about supposed sexual encounters with Brown, sparking a wave of condemnation and even a Change.org petition calling for his arrest on statutory rape charges. (By Tuesday evening the petition had only nine signatures.)

Ecimovic laughed with friends as he was confronted over rumors of a relationship with the British actress. Photos of the two purportedly taken together last year had circulated widely on social media, with observers pointing out that Brown was only 16 at the time —i.e., under the age of consent, which is 18 in California, where Ecimovic lives. He is reportedly 21. “Yeah, no I groomed her,” he said.

[From The Daily Beast]

Apparently, the bulk of his comments were made on one of his live streams and he said it all in front of some of his bro friends, because what’s better than laughingly describing statutory rape among your bros? After Millie’s people called him out on Tuesday, he did yet another video where he claimed he had just been really drunk when he said all of that:

In a new video shared on his TikTok account late Tuesday night, Ecimovic apologized for his behavior, explaining that was “getting more and more drunk” as he made the comments while spending time with a small group of friends. Sporting a grey hoodie, he said: “I wanted to address the livestream incident that happened. It should have never happened in the first place. That was a stupid idea on my part to think it was gonna be OK to just continue to go live as it was getting more and more negative in the comments. I put up a livestream for about two to three hours, and in those two to three hours I was getting more and more drunk. After I kept seeing how negative the comments were and hearing or seeing whatever people were saying to me—when they don’t know about anything—it was getting me more and more irritated.”

Ecimovic went on to say that the alcohol made him “more careless, and I said stuff that should have never been said. But my natural instinct when I see people doing that kind of stuff, or when I see what people are saying, I’m like, OK, let’s make it way worse and let’s antagonize, which is so stupid. But that’s how I decided to handle it.”

After hitting out at unspecified “fabricated” claims, Ecimovic said in his latest TikTok video: “The livestream, I am sorry for. I’m not proud at all of how I spoke. It sounded very immature, it looked horrible. It looked horrible on my family, it looked horrible on me, it looked horrible on my friends. I am sorry for doing that live stream, I should have ended it the moment it started getting bad. But I chose not to, I said what I said, and I can’t take that back. I just want you to know that I’m not OK with what I said. I’m not trying to justify it at all. I just want you guys to know that I’m not OK with how I went about stuff.”

[From Newsweek]

He… is only apologizing for saying all of that. He’s apologizing for the livestream. He’s not actually denying his original claims. Yeah. I’m not going to speculate about any of this because at best – ugh – he’s a famewhore who is making up a disgusting story about a young teenager for clout, and he’s too stupid to understand that he’s actually lying about committing crimes. At worst… well, he needs to be arrested and brought to justice. MBB has enough on her plate and I say this with all sincerity: I hope she’s okay. I hope she’s surrounding herself with good people who have her best interests at heart. She’s just a kid, for goodness sake. I’m saying that to not just Echo or whatever the f–k his name is, but also to the Drakes of the world. Leave her alone.

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  1. Oh_Hey says:

    Do you even need a complaining witness when the perp has confessed on a live stream? Asking for a friend in the DA’s office…

    • Miss Margo says:

      If her parents gave him permission, then no charges can be laid because she was 16 which is the age of consent. I fully believe her idiotic parents allowed this to happen. I really distrust parents of child actors…

  2. Moxylady says:

    I love Millie and I feel so protective of her. I wish her all the best. I absolutely loved her in Enola Holmes. It’s a must watch. If we have learned anything from Britney and Kesha etc it’s to keep these young girls safe and protected in all spaces.

    This person is trash and I won’t dignify his garbage with a defense. None Is needed. He either committed a series of horrific sexual abuse crimes or is bragging about committing a series of horrific sexual abuse crimes. Against a minor.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      This. Obviously if that did happen he’s a predator and MBB’s parents are terrible. But even if he is a lying clout chaser, this was still an abusive, irresponsible, exploitative thing to do and a very dangerous position to put Millie in. There could be all kinds of long-term effects on her from this. Guys are always given the benefit of the doubt when they say things like this too. The girls or women are almost never believed by either sex. Either way, people will make a stressful situation worse and potentially more traumatic by using his words to slut-shame and victim-blame her for a long time.

      • SKF says:

        Yeah this bothers me on so many levels. Reading his ‘apology’ he is only concerned about surface stuff. How it ‘looked’ and ‘sounded’ – nothing about the act itself of talking about women and girls in this way with his bros. Nothing about behaving this way towards women and girls. Nothing about the grossness of violating her privacy. Nothing about the fact that this is disgusting and predatory behaviour he was describing. This idea that it would have been okay if it wasn’t being live-streamed is wrong. Men and boys shouldn’t normalise talking about women and girls like this. It is not okay. This guy seems extremely narcissistic and predatory and I hope his career collapses in a heap.

  3. gilda says:

    Turned my stomach to see the videos floating on Twitter, and the fact that she is referenced as a child performing sexual acts. I agree with everything you say here, Kaiser. I hope she’s ok and that he is investigated – but I also hope her parents are investigated. They’ve been awful since the beginning, and I can only hope she severs those ties as an adult.

  4. Lola says:

    She was absolutely primed for a disgusting and exploitative relationship like this, by her disgusting and exploitative family. I wouldn’t be surprised if she somehow ended the relationship and he’s furious to have lost control of her and wanted to lash out for revenge.

    • Christina says:

      Lola, that what it sounds like to me, too. She is growing up, learning about herself and about relationships as a child actress. It sounds like she may have dumped him and he resents the loss of control. It sounds like this really happened.

      My heart aches for her. She is a child being preyed upon. This makes me think of MacKenzie Phillips. She was preyed upon by her dad’s friends and eventually her dad. She was a HUGE star, and the public didn’t know. She is still slut shamed for everything that happened to her. People think she CHOSE that life, especially men.

      We want to protect MBB. She is having to do it herself with lawyers and her horrible parents.

    • Green Desert says:

      Exactly this. There’s been stuff out there about her parents for years – typical child star things like the fact that her acting career has supported the whole family since she was a pre-teen. I’ll never forget an interview she did at an awards show. She was about to turn 13 and the interviewer asked if she was going to have a party to celebrate becoming a teenager. Her response was something like “I don’t know, I’m not sure my dad wants to do anything for my birthday.” It was weird. I hope she has supportive people in her life who teach her good things and are there for her. This Tik Tok-er and Millie’s parents – disgusting.

  5. OriginalLala says:

    Children and young teens in the entertainment industry always worry me – they are sitting ducks for predators, and often have very little parental support/oversight.

  6. My3cents says:

    I hope she has a good strong legal team to bring that stupid little douche down hard and fast.

    • wow says:

      her parents signed off on all of this, there will be no legal action bc it would incriminate them as well

  7. HeatherC says:

    It doesn’t sound like she’s surrounded by people with her best interests at heart if it’s true that her parents let her shack up with a 20 yr old at 16. On top of the Drake thing

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Sadly I think MBB is going down the same path as many other child stars before her – there is a pattern developing here where she is being allowed to have inappropriate relations with older guys. I fear she is doing that as a way to get from under the family, esp her fathers, control.

      She is nothing but a cash cow to her parents – her father in particular is a piece of work. It would not surprised me if he tried to pull the same sh!t Jamie Spears did as way to control his cash cow. He manages her career and there are many many stories about him and how he behaves.

  8. wow says:

    poor girl never had a chance with these parents

  9. Merricat says:

    Hunter Echo is gross.

  10. Emilia says:

    Absolutely disgusting. Also disgusting was the amount of people I saw replying to comments about this on Twitter defending him because “age of consent is 16 in the UK.” People are so f***ing gross.

    • EnormousCoat says:

      Only the best people know the age of consent for each U.S. state and countries around the world.
      I am around the same age as Britney Spears and I can remember what it felt like to have a “countdown timer” on for her 18th birthday and all the male talk about her being legal. R. Kelly openly preyed on teen girls, marrying Aaliyah when she was just 15 and possibly impregnating her.
      Then I watched the countdown clock happen again with the Olsen twins. And now here we are. And I know it has happened – publicly, I might add – with so many other girls I haven’t mentioned or don’t know about.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      Yep. Equally disgusting is all the people blaming his behavior on her outfits, her hair, or her make-up. Girls in the public eye are used as public punching bags so early for all the victim-blaming people have internalized, and it needs to stop. It doesn’t matter how rich these girls are. Not just because it’s abusive to put them through that or make fun of it, but because it doesn’t stop with just them. Other girls pay the price for it.

  11. Lively says:

    Her parents are ugh disgusting honestly, I don’t think they have her best interest at heart . I hope she makes good friends cuts these parents off, goes into therapy because honestly she’s definitely groomed to have these kind of shitty releationships

  12. lucy2 says:

    I worry for her. It doesn’t seem like she has people with the best intentions around her, and when fame and money are at stake, things can go very, very badly.
    This guy is disgusting.

  13. Kelly says:

    Maybe he can do his Tiktok from jail. What a foul idiot.

  14. TheOriginalMia says:

    She really needs to emancipate herself from her parents. She has been groomed by older men, and her parents have allowed these toxic relationships to occur.

  15. Digital Unicorn says:

    Poor didums if only sorry he got called out on it and is not only facing charges but likely the end of his ‘career’ – who is gonna want to work with him now?!?! I’d put money on him pulling sh!t like this before.

    She clearly has NO ONE around her that is looking out for her against not only people like him but her own family. If she decides to break away from her family, esp her father – who manages her career – it will get very ugly very quickly. No way Daddy is going to let his little cash cow leave his control.

  16. AmelieOriginal says:

    I worry about her so much. I know her dad has quite the reputation and I feel like her family sacrificed a lot to get Millie to become an actress to the detriment of her siblings’ well-being. The first time around they uprooted their lives to move to the US for Millie’s career it was not successful. Millie even admitted her older sister hated being in the US and “left” the family for awhile, they were struggling so much. I don’t know if that means she returned back to the UK or emancipated herself, who knows. Millie didn’t get the role in Stranger Things until after they had moved back to the UK and moved in with Millie’s aunt, they were so broke from their move to the US. So I feel like she is another Britney Spears, she is the cash cow supporting the family. And I’m guessing her parents give her a lot of leeway in terms of dating because she is the one supporting them. Though I dunno what they think is going to happen once she’s 18, she’ll be an adult and hopefully get her money away from her parents. I won’t be surprised to hear that she sues them in a few years. But she isn’t the only Hollywood kid dating older guys that she has no business being with. Didn’t Angelina Jolie also admit she dated an older guy as a teen who her mother let live with them?

    As for this TikTok guy, he is crap and even if he did have a relationship with her he’s an idiot to even try talking about intimate details of being with a minor on the Internet. Also it seems like he’s trying to slut shame her which again not okay, I hope Millie gets some therapy for that because none of this is her fault. At least smart women will be turned off forever by avoiding him like the plague. He never even apologizes to Millie. It’s all about him, his friends, his feelings. So he’s not truly sorry.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I shudder to think of the sibling dynamics in that family due to how Millie was singled out for parental favouritism and how the whole family pretty much revolves around/relies on her. There is very clearly some serious dysfunction in that family that will come back and bite them all in a few years.

      I get unpleasant vibes from her father – he has a Jamie Spears vibe going on.

  17. Jules says:

    Disgusting. And her parents and her PR team are just as much to blame for pimping her out when she was a child.

  18. bub244 says:

    I strongly recommend people not to look at the clips on Twitter of him talking about this – they’re really stomach churning.

    I worry for Millie and I hope she has someone in her life looking out for her genuine best interest. She’s still so young.

    • K.T says:

      This Hunter Echo is a vile, toxic douchebag with a punchable face!! He said horrible things while calling her manipulative – that’s rich! – yet talks about their sexual activities in the most demeaning manner. He admits to ‘grooming her’, says ‘f*****’ (gay slur) continually and his horrible friends join in as a pack to rip her apart and call her terrible names. One friend on the Instagram live reveals HE is the one that leaked pictures of them kissing etc. He’s dumb, narcissistic, predatory and immature at the same time that he’s trying shame and gaslight…when he was the adult grooming a child.

      I’m disgusted over all the girls that have to deal with these predators and there are so many of them! He’s definitely that rapey dude at school who gets their bro-losers to shame their underage victims.

  19. natalie fisher says:

    I just love little Millie bobbie Brown. It does sound like her family is letting her down by allowing her to associate with older men. I mean the little girl had her first kiss with Finn Wolfhart on the set of stranger things so how quick things must have happened. It makes me so sad. I’ve always considered her a role model for my daughters 14 and 11. I didn’t realize her parents were like that. Its very disturbing.

  20. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    He clearly has chosen to ignore current social pulses and ride the meathead felon train maintaining same old same old douche status quo. I have no idea who he is, but I’m certainly not going to Google to find out.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I have no idea either, I don’t care too! But the thing that keeps playing in my head is that he blames this all on alcohol but where is his apology to MBB? He is making apologies for being a douchebag and how things got out of control, etc..the usual BS that a misogynist asshole would make. But when will he apologize to MBB? That’s my question. And stop with the usual, I was drinking for hours and I let the negative get to me, utter BS!! Her family sounds like a common family that push their child into doing things that they are comfortable with and are using her for the almighty $$$!

      Though I will add that she is able to survive her horrific parents and is able to escape from their horrific clutches. I do hope that she has an amazing support system around her too! No child should have to live like this.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        I’m old enough to have met and dealt with scores of misogynistic asshole douchebags who got away with harassment everywhere they were, abuse and constantly crossing lines. And it started in my early teens. So when considering my experiences and knowing that social media is doing its job is this case is a long overdue step in the right direction. Many steps in fact since we were never believed or backed or tended to.

  21. questions says:

    Can he be arrested by admitting this? Given the generation he’s in, I have to admit I’m a little surprised he’d be so stupid as to admit this on a livestream. 21 year olds are usually a little more aware of how social media can land you in jail. There are meatheads ….and then there’s whatever-this-is — a level of stupidity that’s a little incomprehensible to me.

  22. Miss Margo says:

    I blame Millie’s parents. I’ve heard her in interviews talk about her dad. How he never “made it” as an actor and had her growing up on film sets. I think she probably did date this adult man child with her parents blessing. Think about it, no parents of a child actor actually care about their children being children. Would you be ok with your 10 year old working on film sets all day? No wonder most child actors are effed up beyond repair (see LiLo, Amanda Bynes, Macaulay Culkin, Britney Spears, I could go on but you get it.)

  23. SusanRagain says:

    This is sickening.
    Who is this dirtball?
    Police, please. He needs to be seriously investigated!

    Reading comments here, I learned that apparently MBB has a Father just like Mac Culkin.

    Parents who treat their own children as the family bank account are lousy, awful and predators/abusers in their own way.

    I still have a soft spot for Mac. He was so young, and such a cute little guy in Home Alone, and watching it now, you really notice how very, very young (6, I think) he was when HA was made.
    Culkins Father was a world class A-Hole to all his kids.

  24. Rtms says:

    Age of consent is 16 in the UK. If her parents actually allowed this, they probably did so in that country to get around the laws. All of which sounds disgusting and exploitive. Either that or everyone around her from her parents etc are are trying to cover their tracks over this garbage for allowing this if true.