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Adam Saleh at stage in Oslo in 2016
|Born||Adam Mohsin Yehya Saleh
4 June 1993
New York City, New York, United States
|Alma mater||John Jay College of Criminal Justice|
|Sheikh Akbar, Karim Metwaly, Zack Knight, Mumzy Stranger, Faydee, Money Kicks|
Adam Mohsin Yehya Saleh SAL-? (born June 4, 1993) is an American YouTube personality from New York City, best known for his YouTube videos. He has been described by both himself and multiple other sources as a prankster.
Adam Saleh was born in New York City to Yemeni parents. He first attended Central Park East High School and then John Jay College of Criminal Justice.[unreliable source?] He started making YouTube videos in 2012 as a part of his YouTube channel "TrueStoryASA" with his college friend Sheikh Akbar. His main career aspiration was to become a professional boxer. With great effort, he pursued his boxing license but later had it confiscated due to his other street fights.
Saleh became part of another collaborative channel "3MH" with Sheikh Akbar, Karim Metwaly and Slim Albaher; TrueStoryASA and 3MH split up in May 2015. Since then he has created many videos as a solo YouTuber. He has also appeared in the American buddy cop comedy-drama action film American Sharia. Saleh first released the single "Diamond Girl" on May 3, 2015 featuring Sheikh Akbar and Mumzy Stranger as a part of TrueStoryASA. On 16 August 2015 he released his debut solo single "Tears" featuring Zack Knight as a tribute to his cousin. On September of 2017, Adam Saleh has released his debut album called chapter II featuring many songs such as Waynak, The Motto, Tsunami, etc. On Feb 18 2018 he accepted the challenge to be KSI next boxing opponent.
A staged video titled "Racial Profiling Experiment'" uploaded on Saleh's YouTube channel in October 2014 became viral around the world. In the video Saleh and Sheikh Akbar argued with each other in front of a police officer wearing western outfits but the cop ignored them. Shortly thereafter, they fight again while dressed in Muslim clothes but this time the cop stops them and behaves rudely with them. The video received more than 200,000 views on YouTube and it was also picked up by media. Public reaction to the video was against the police officer. Later Saleh said that the video was staged to recreate "previous events that occurred", and it was being shown as an example. The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which had previously tweeted out the video as an example of discrimination against Muslims, demanded an apology from Saleh and Akbar stating "Muslims are already under the microscope and to do this just to gain some cheap publicity is totally unacceptable. There should be no attempt to justify it; they should just apologize and ask people to forgive them for their irresponsible actions."
In another YouTube video, Saleh claimed to have flown inside a suitcase in the baggage hold on a Tigerair flight from Melbourne to Sydney. However, Melbourne Airport security footage proved the incident was a hoax after they produced video showing Saleh boarding the plane with the airline noting that a bag of his weight would not be loaded on the plane without investigation nor would a passenger in the plane's unheated cargo hold emerge sweating.
In December 2016, Saleh posted videos in which he claimed he was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight at Heathrow Airport for speaking Arabic. However, other passengers have spoken out, claiming that Saleh was disturbing other passengers, and Delta's own statement said that Saleh was shouting and provoking others. Saleh's claim has caused a debate over the "Right to Fly".
Delta said in a statement: "...This type of conduct is not welcome on any Delta flight. While one, according to media reports, is a known prankster who was video recorded and encouraged by his travelling companion, what is paramount to Delta is the safety and comfort of our passengers and employees".