Famous Bitcoin Astrologist Influencer Receives Critics on Twitter Regarding Celsius Payments.
Numerous Twitter critics claim that Maren Altman, who has more than 1.8 million followers on social media, was not upfront about her deal with the now-bankrupt crypto lender, Celsius.
The Accusation On Celsius Payments
Twitter critics are suddenly slamming Maren Altman, an astrologist specializing in bitcoin and ether.
According to newly surfaced court documents, she has received $30,000 in marketing payments from cryptocurrency lender Celsius Network before it filed for bankruptcy.
Several Twitter critics accused Altman of being less than forthcoming about the payments she received to create favorable content for Celsius during the company’s cash flow problems.
An anonymous Twitter account called @BowTiedIguana shared a screenshot from Celsius’s 14,500-page lawsuit revealing two pay stubs for $15,000 sent to Altman by Celsius. It sparked outrage.
ZachXBT, a Twitter account which investigates on-chain scams and hacks, escalated the situation by accusing Altman of dishonesty about receiving money from Celsius, pointing out in an interview she has conducted with Mashinsky.
“Why lie about being paid? This is from a YT interview she did with Alex Mashinsky in May,” ZachXBT said.
Why lie about being paid? This is from a YT interview she did with Alex Mashinsky in May. pic.twitter.com/HbeeGrq7Qg
— ZachXBT (@zachxbt) October 9, 2022
Maren Altman’s Response
Spoke to Coindesk, Altman, who gives investing predictions based partly on astrological insights to a social media audience of over 237,000 Twitter followers, admits that Celsius paid her, but calls the Twitter accusations “a witch hunt.”
She has spoken with a lawyer about possible legal action, such as a defamation suit.
“My error was trusting Celsius,” she said.
When she asked about Celsius’ finances, Altman answered, “Not a clue, no visibility on anything other than my marketing campaign.”
Altman and Celsius agreed to a marketing influencer sponsorship in March 2022. In her YouTube videos, Altman called Celsius her home for crypto and highlighted its ease of use.
The partnership was “no different than me doing a fashion ad for a company,” said her to Coindesk.
The contract also said that as a Celsius partner, the influencer should “NOT TALK ABOUT CEL TOKEN. No past, present or future statements, analysis, charts of information of any kind.”
“I’m not allowed to talk about anything illegal for U.S. standards, which includes the CEL token pumping or whatnot,” she detailed.