James Charles is denying accusations he's grooming a 16-year-old boy ... he claims the person making the accusation told him he was 18 before they started flirting over social media.
James just addressed a video making the rounds on social media where a boy claims JC is "grooming" him. His accuser claims James sent him sexually-explicit messages and pictures on Snapchat.
JC says the boy sent him lewd photos first, and he didn't start "flirting back" until the kid told him he was 18.
The boy posted his accusations in a video, with alleged screengrabs of his back and forth with James.
In hindsight, James says he shoulda confirmed the boy's age before flirting with him. JC says their conversation led him to realize the kid was way younger than he allegedly claimed, and that's when James says he ended the virtual interaction.
James says he's not victim-blaming but just says he's sharing his side of the story ... and he claims he's learned a valuable lesson.