Maren Altman, who made Celsius sponsored videos, received $ 30,000 from the company. Some accuse him of promoting Celsius and his token before his bankruptcy.
It all started last Friday when the accounts of Celsius users – currently bankrupt – were exposed. A witch hunt was being organized at the time, with some trying to find out if maximalist bitcoins actually held other cryptocurrencies, others checking the links between certain personalities and Celsius.
On the same day, Twitter user “BowTiedlguana”, who specializes in decentralized finance (DeFi), reveals that a certain Maren Altman has received $ 30,000 from Celsius.
Except that Maren Altman is no ordinary person. She is an influencer and astrologer who believes she can predict the price of bitcoin and the ether through astrology. The description of her on her YouTube account of her is simple “astrocryptoecc”. Beyond the astrologer’s “predictions”, the latter is linked to many crypto companies, including the giant FTX as you can see on her official page.
His predictions have already convinced a certain audience, the latter with 237,000 subscribers on Twitter and more than 200,000 on Youtube.
“I grew up with astrology where you follow patterns and cycles. I also knew financial astrology, so it made sense to apply it to cryptocurrency,” Maren Altman told Cointelegraph.
The story deepens when investigator ZachXBT (who also made it possible to identify the 5 Frenchmen in the context of the theft of a collection of NFTs), accuses the latter of having lied about being paid by Celsius.
Things don’t stop there: the influencer is accused of attracting investors to the Celsius token cel. “These allegations are close to defamation,” Maren Altman, who decides to be transparent about his relationship with Celsius, explains in a post.
At the beginning of 2022 he decides to contact several companies that are forging partnerships with influencers. “I really vibrated with the Celsius creative team,” she writes. Result: a contract is signed in the spring – in March 2022 – and she makes a first promotional video for the company.
Partnerships included in “full moon” videos.
“I usually put my collaborations in my full moon videos and integrate them into those videos,” he admits.
It specifically indicates that the videos made with Celsius were clearly identifiable as sponsored content and that its contracts were paid for in dollars. In her contract with Celsius, the latter was not “authorized” to talk about the cel token, the influencer said CoinDesk.
“I’ve never told anyone to invest in the cel token, it would be illegal, first of all. I don’t like myself, I don’t like women in this space, whatever, but it’s totally unfair,” defends her blog.
“My mistake was trusting Celsius”
On CoinDesk, the influencer specifies that he has argued with a lawyer for a possible legal action for defamation. “My mistake was to trust Celsius,” she admits, adding that she “had no visibility” on the state of Celsius’ finances. His last video promoting Celsius was on May 24th.
Celsius terminated the contract with the influencer in May 2022 “saying it was restructuring and would not pursue any designer contracts,” the outlet said.
Recall that the cryptocurrency lending platform Celsius froze withdrawals and transfers from its users on June 12 in the context of strong market tension, plunging its 1.7 million customers, spread across more than 100 countries, into the uncertainty about the possibility of recovering their funds. Then, in mid-July, the group was placed under the US bankruptcy regime. A process still ongoing.
Celsius was a leading cryptocurrency lending / staking platform, allowing you to lend your cryptocurrencies on a blockchain against interest. The company offered interest rates above 18% for savers, but only 0.1% for borrowers.