Hentai Haven Owner Claims FAKKU Screwed Him Over; FAKKU Responds
Hentai Haven

There’s drama brewing in the hentai scene. The original owner of Hentai Haven made a post on the morning of July 7th, 2019, claiming that FAKKU had screwed him over out of his website. Hours later, after multiple people requested comment from FAKKU, the company’s owner issued a public statement claiming that they were trying to legitimize Hentai Haven.

Using the Papa HH Twitter account and the #HHisDead hashtag, Papa HH tweeted the following on July 7th, 2019.

If you’re unable to view the message in the image, it states…

“This post will be removed soon so here’s the truth about what’s happening with HH.

 

“I’m the creator of HH, and I’ve been silent for too long because I had hope things would work out. Unfortunately, it isn’t going to.

 

“HH, as you know it, is dead. FAKKU has completely taken over and booted me out. First red flag was this BS re-launch they did without even telling me. Hell, they completely stopped talking to me as soon as I handed over the website and social media credentials. Thankfully, they were stupid enough to keep using my damn CDN so I can get one last message out to you guys.

“It fucking sucks it has come to this. HH was my passion project, my baby. I worked on every little detail, wrote the taglines yo ulaughed at, designed the layout, posted the videos and helped create the community we all know and love. I couldn’t have done any of it without an awesome team to support me, and I’m thankful to every single one of you.

 

“I had such high hopes about this whole thing. I remember emailing FAKKU in 2016 telling them about a vision I had of HH being the crunchyroll of Hentai. I’ve been talking to them for years on and off, I trusted them. But things never quite lined up for us to work together. When FAKKU told me (conveniently) about some legal trouble headed my way and offered to bail me out last year, I was elated. I still am in fact. But had I known that [it] would’ve cost me my entire website, my baby, I would’ve fucking gone at it on my own, spending every cent I had to protect this community. FAKKU told me everything I wanted to hear, offering me equity, employment, all that. Told me we can’t put all that in the contract right now cause the company hasn’t been officially registered yet and I took them at their word. Turns out, people lie. A whole LOT when money is involved.

 

“So what’s next? I got a few ideas. Follow my exploits over at @realpapahh for any announcements. DM if you want. I got that newly unemployed free time.

 

TLDR; FAKKU played me like a cum-stained violin.”

The tweet garnered more than 20 thousand likes.

Hours of conversations and speculation eventually culminated in FAKKU responding to the claims made by Papa HH, with the founder of FAKKU, Jacob Grady, posting the following message on the evening of July 7th, 2019.

If you’re unable to read the message in the image, Grady explains…

“To dispel some of the rumors going around. PapaHH shut down HH after being alerted of legal threats from Japan.

 

“I was in a position to help make HH legitimate and agreed to help negotiate on their behalf. Together, we had been working on licensing and converting their content and services into ones where fans would be given the option to further support the actual creators of the content. During this process, FAKKU did not make any money.

 

“PapaHH helped create an incredible community at HH, and that’s what we wanted to save. But there are a lot more people responsible for it than just him. I plan on reaching out and seeing if this can be worked out, and to be clear: if shutting HH down is what PapaHH wants, I would be supportive.

 

“But, I do firmly believe that continuing to make millions off of piracy and not giving part of that money to HH’s staff, the creators in Japan, etc. is not an option, and that’s what was happening before I got involved.”

There are some bold claims from both Papa HH and Grady.

However, neither provides proof of their claims, and Grady completely side-steps the issue that Papa HH had, which was that he was locked out of Hentai Haven and that FAKKU has basically muscled him him out.

Instead, Grady focuses on the legal aspects of running Hentai Haven, which has nothing to do with who owns and runs it, but rather how it’s run. This comes after Hentai Haven was shut down back in late December of 2018. FAKKU stepped in to save the website just a day later on December 21st, 2018.

There has been a lot of silence since then, as noted by Papa HH in his screed, but now that the cat is out of the bag we have no idea what will happen to the site or those involved.

According to Hardy’s post, Papa HH was making millions on Hentai Haven but wasn’t paying staff nor the original Japanese creators of the hentai being hosted on the site. This was corroborated by a former staff member at Hentai Haven, who said the money they were owed was never paid out under the old management; but they later tweeted that since then the staff has been paid.

According to Papa HH, Hardy and the FAKKU crew basically stole Hentai Haven from Papa HH and removed him from his own website (although I would be remiss not to point out that there is some deep irony in a pirate having his property stolen from him).

Hardy does mention that he is willing to work things out with Papa HH, so we’ll see where things go from there. It’s unfortunate that those who simply wanted their hentai fix have to endure some corporate drama involving the delivery of such fine goods from a website trapped in turmoil.

[Update 7/8/2019:] Papa HH responded to Hardy’s post, and made a long statement further explaining his side of the story. You can view the tweet below.

AnimetoShokan posted up a transcription of the tweet in case you can’t view the text in the image. It reads…

“Wow, a prompt response from Fakku? Only time I’ve seen that happen is when they want something from me. Funny how effective a public shitstorm is.

 

“Since we’re all here, let’s settle the bullshit before it even gathers steam. Sound good?

 

“Alright then,

“Notice how he didn’t refute anything I said in my original statement.

 

“When Jacob says, “FAKKU didn’t make any money”, ask yourself why on Earth would he help me out if there’s nothing in it for him? I’ll tell you why. He owns 100% of HH now, a company he himself values at over a million dollars. How do I know that? When I asked him if I can save 20% of my own company, he said “sure, if you pay me $200k”.

 

“I know HH wasn’t legally licensed, just like FAKKU wasn’t – until the FBI cam knocking on their door. Why do you think I contacted FAKKU in 2016, back when HH wasn’t big? When HH was on nobody’s radar? Why did I contact them specifically? Because I really believed I could follow in their footsteps and turn this into something legitimate. They were in my exact shoes before. I trusted them more because of it. It made perfect sense to team up. At the time though, things didn’t work out. We kept in touch but nothing concrete ever came out of it. Until…

 

“The purge. HH shut down after I “heard” of a potential lawsuit headed my way. I didn’t actually get a lawsuit. The news came from Jacob himself, and it seemed credible enough so I believed him. At the time, he seemed like a savior to me. Offering to swwop in and take over HH and deal with Japanese companies and come to a legal agreement before the lawsuit even gets to me. Brilliant! What more could I want? Hell this is precisely what I wanted all along! Talking with the content creators and the companies directly. However, one little thing he failed to mention was that I wouldn’t be a part of HH after that. You can see how that would rub me the wrong way. He even contractually agreed he’ll handle any lawsuits regarding HH, but what would that act of generosity cost me? My site. The Brand. Everything I built. Had I known that, I wouldn’t have agreed and looked for another way to settle this with the copyright holders. I would’ve gladly paid the “millions” I earned from HH to the creators if it meant I could keep my website. Why wouldn’t I pay the creators, when I know that I could easily make more if I go legit? It’s a no brainer.

“About the insinuation that I didn’t pay my staff… ask them yourself. The ONLY time I failed to pay them was when this legal shit popped off and I had to disappear because I legitimately thought I was in trouble. Even then, I paid everyone who had sent me invoices for that month. I paid the rest of my staff for that month as soon as I heard people had outstanding invoices.
When Jacob says “Together, we’ve been working on licensing…”, he’s probably mistaken me for another one of his FAKKU board members cause I have no fucking clue what he has and hasn’t licensed. Honest mistake I’m sure, so we’ll let it slide.

 

“About the fact that HH was more than just me… yeah, obviously. Who’s denying that? My team was the absolute best! But I hope you remember HH was a one man army once upon a time. When no one even knew its name. When it wasn’t on Google. I built it up from nothing. If you think I wasn’t instrumental in HH being what it is today, you’re kidding yourself.

 

“If you’re genuinely interested in fixing this, and willing to give me a fair share, I’d be willing to listen. But written contracts all the way. I ain’t making the same mistake twice.

“Peace”

 

(Thanks for the news tips Antera, Amaterasu, and Ebicentre)

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