Her housemates said that Ms. Jacob put a lot of pressure on them. “She would show up at all times of the night,” Ms. Singer said. “She’d come as late as 1 a.m., and she’d be texting us until 3 a.m. and show back up at 10 a.m. She’d bring guests with her without telling us.” There was a security camera in the kitchen of the house, which Ms. Singer said was installed “without our consent” and connected to Ms. Jacob’s phone. Ms. Jacob said that the cameras were installed by the property owner for security purposes.
The creators in the house said that on June 7, Ms. Jacob told them they would be thrown out if they didn’t post on social media at least eight times a day. They felt unable to push back. “We were often very intimidated by Ari because the conversations became explosive,” said Ms. Singer.
In mid-June, Ms. Singer and others left the house. They described a hectic move-out day that involved an escalating verbal fight with Ms. Jacob which resulted in several calls to local authorities to intervene. The group documented the day’s events on Instagram Stories; Ms. Jacob said she asked not to be filmed, but she recorded the events too. In an email from her lawyer, Ms. Jacob denied that a fight took place.
Justin McWashington, 24, the live-in house manager for the Girls in the Valley, said that the next day, he moved out. “These houses look like they’re all sunshine and rainbows and gumdrops,” he said, “but at the end of the day, it’s toxic.”
Dayna Marie, 20, said that her months in the Girls in the Valley house were some of the most stressful of her life. Her share of monthly rent, which she paid, was $1,500, but she realized immediately that some bills weren’t being paid.
“Ari told me all utilities are paid for,” Ms. Marie said. “But in April the water, Wi-Fi and electricity went off. We were using water from the pool to flush the toilets.” Ms. Jacob said that she had agreed to pay for utilities “up to a certain point,” and that she “was under no obligation to pay the bills.”