Joey Essex, the English TV star and DJ, was not arrested for murder. A viral hoax is being spread around saying he was.
The hoax was posted on Nipsys News, a website that allows users to create their own fake news stories to share.
The fake report says, “Towie star joey essex had been arrested on suspition of murdering a 21 year old female in Brentwood, in Essex. Joey claims to be innocent but there seems to be significant evidence to support the suspision. Joey will appear in her magesty’s court in two days time for trial.”
However, after a brief period of time, the page turns into a meme GIF of Leonardo DiCaprio, saying it was a trick.
“Don’t worry, you are not the only one. [Hundreds of thousands of] people already fell for this. If you liked the joke, you can share it and trick your friends. Also you can create a joke of your own clicking the button below!” it says.
On social media websites like Twitter, users were wondering if Essex was arrested.
The Associated Press update for entertainment:
Lawyers working to resolve LaBeouf’s NYC arrest
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers say they are trying to resolve Shia LaBeouf’s (SHY’-uh luh-BUFS’) disorderly conduct case stemming from an incident at a Broadway show last month.
Prosecutors and LaBeouf’s lawyer told a judge Thursday that they’re exploring an agreement to resolve the case.
LaBeouf was arrested after he allegedly disrupted a performance of “Cabaret” starring Alan Cumming. He is due back in court Sept. 10.
The actor and his lawyer, G. Robert Gage, declined to comment as they left court amid a swarm of cameras and microphones.
Another celebrated actor also had a Manhattan court date Thursday. Alec Baldwin was to appear in a separate disorderly conduct case.
Baldwin was arrested in May. Police say he got belligerent after being stopped riding a bicycle the wrong way down a one-way street.